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.
Rail vehicle mechanic
Railway car inspector
Railway carman/woman apprentice
Streetcar and subway car mechanic
This group performs 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.
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.
Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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