Now Hiring: Railcar Repairmen

Not everybody can tear down a wrecked railcar and build it back new. Watco repairmen do it every day. Coal cars, hopper cars, lumber cars, flat cars … Nothing’s too tough for these team members. Working in pairs, usually inside a shop or wreck barn, repairmen operate cranes, forklifts, scissor lifts, and other heavy equipment. They use air arc and other torch cutters, drills, grinders, and air reamers to cut railcars down or remove damaged parts; then they rivet and weld on new parts so the car is ready to ride the rails again.

Watco provides on-the-job training. Learned skills, including how to work safely, can be applied over and over, regardless of the car type. That doesn’t mean the job stays the same every day. New experiences – putting a draft arm in a car, for instance – come up often. People who like working on automobiles or using hand tools tend to excel as Watco repairmen.

Railcars run up and down millions of miles of rail. Every part is critical, because one repair done wrong could be catastrophic for a whole train. Watco repairmen do the job right so trains run safely.

  • Tear down and rebuild wrecked railcars
  • Safely operate heavy equipment and hand tools
  • Rivet and weld on new parts to get railcars back in service
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