7314 - Railway Carmen/Women

Railway carmen/women inspect, troubleshoot, maintain and repair structural and mechanical components of railway freight, passenger and urban transit rail cars. They are employed by railway transport companies and urban transit systems.

  • Illustrative example(s)
    • rail vehicle mechanic
    • railway car inspector
    • railway carman/woman
    • railway carman/woman apprentice
    • streetcar and subway car mechanic
  • All examples
  • air brake inspector - railway car
  • apprentice carman/woman – railway
  • brake inspector - railway car
  • car inspector - railway
  • car repairer – railway
  • car repairer apprentice - railway
  • carman/woman - railway
  • carman/woman inspector – railway
  • coach repairer, railway
  • inspector, cars - railway
  • inspector-carman/woman - railway
  • mechanic, streetcars
  • rail vehicle mechanic
  • railcar mechanic apprentice
  • railway car inspector
  • railway carman/woman
  • railway carman/woman apprentice
  • railway carman/woman inspector
  • railway coach repairer
  • railway equipment inspector
  • streetcar and subway car mechanic
  • streetcar mechanic
  • subway car mechanic
  • wheel and axle inspector – railway
  • Exclusion(s)
    • Locomotive mechanics (See 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics)
    • Railway car repairer foremen/women (See 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)
  • Main duties

Railway carmen/women perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Inspect interior and exterior components of freight, passenger and urban transit rail cars to determine defects and extent of wear and damage
  • Repair and install railway car parts such as compressors, air valves, bearings, couplings, air cylinders and piping
  • Repair and maintain electrical and electronic controls for propulsion and braking systems
  • Repair defective or damaged metal and wood components, using hand and power tools
  • Repair and repaint wooden fixtures
  • Replace damaged windows and repair upholstery
  • Test and adjust parts using testing gauges and other test equipment
  • Perform and document routine maintenance.
  • Employment requirements
    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of an industry-offered apprenticeship program or three to four years of on-the-job training is usually required.
  • Additional information
    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

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