CN - Car Mechanic (Freight Car Repairer)

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Auto req ID8667BR

Posting titleCar Mechanic (Freight Car Repairer)

Position profileRole: Car Mechanics (Freight Car Repairers) inspect, maintain, build, repair and rebuild railway freight cars and trailers in accordance with federal and company regulations. Critical performance areas include the following but may vary depending on the location and circumstances:

  • Inspect cars and components in accordance with railroad associations, Federal Railroad Administration regulations and company operating standards.

  • Perform all scheduled, on-request and preventive maintenance and repair on rail cars, under frames, on structures, safety appliances, draft systems and any associated tests.

  • Repair and install railway car parts such as compressors, air valves, bearings, couplings, air cylinders and piping.

  • Use hand tools, power tools, welding equipment, cutting torches and measuring instruments.

  • Operate transport vehicles including cranes, trucks, track mobile and shop equipment.

  • Prepare inspection, maintenance and work reports, and record details on prescribed forms in accordance with established procedures.

Working Conditions:

  • Irregular shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays, and occasional overtime.

  • Work indoors and outdoors in varying weather and environmental conditions.

  • Frequent bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, performing overhead work, lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds (22 kg) and occasionally up to 85 pounds (39 kg).

  • Frequent climbing/balancing, grasping, and good eye-hand coordination.

Employment Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license.

  • Previous welding experience gained through formal training or work experience.

  • Familiarity with electrical and electronic tools and instruments.

  • High School diploma or equivalent General Education Diploma (GED).

Asset: Vocational/technical training and/or knowledge of Rail Operating Rules. Training: Successful candidates will receive on-the-job training, both theoretical and practical instructions, over a period of three weeks at 40 hours per week. Depending on your level of experience, candidates may receive training to complete a 4-year on-the-job apprenticeship program and will attend a series of courses at your work location in Canada. Training will include rail car components, rail car inspection, single car tests, special commodities Level 2, freight car repairs, jacking procedures, railway welding, aerial lifts, yard operating rules and other items relevant to the position. Successful completion of this training is essential for future performance of duties. The ideal candidate profile:

  • Ability to work autonomously, adapt to different situations and manage stress.

  • Demonstrate good teamwork and maintain positive interactions with others.

  • Good verbal, reading comprehension and writing skills in French.

  • Ability to determine the condition of objects/parts for wear and/or defects.

  • Dedicated to getting the job done while meeting established standards of quality, safety and client satisfaction.

  • Basic computer skills.






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