Track Laborer

Prev. construction and/or equipment operation experience helpful. Must have working knowledge of hand tools and be able to work in adverse seasonal conditions. Show initiative and work unsupervised, and meet the all requirements of the track laborer job description.
Installs and repairs railroad track on specified territory of railroad, using spike pullers, spike drivers, removes old spikes, drives new spikes, performs related maintenance to railroad track on specified territory of railroad. This is accomplished by performing the following duties.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned, as requested or required.
1. Raises rail, using track jack, to facilitate removal of old tie and installation of new tie.
2. Drills holes through rails for insertion of bolts using power drill.
3. Operates track-wrench machine to tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends of rails together.
4. Operates rail saw to cut rails to specified lengths.
5. Operates portable grinder to grind worn ends of rails.
6. Paints railroad signs, such as speed limits and gate-crossing warnings.
7. Drives company vehicles.
8. Performs other duties as requested or required.
Job Requirements

Knowledge of and skills in using hand tools, including wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, measuring tapes, etc.

Knowledge of and skills in using power tools and hydraulic equipment, including portable grinders, rail saws, spike pullers, track wrench machines, power drills.

Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed, but uninvolved written or oral instructions.

Ability to talk and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, yard workers, section leaders.

Ability to see well enough to read operating and maintenance instructions, gauges and dials on precision measuring tools.

Ability to read and comprehend safety manuals, operating and maintenance instructions, test materials, drawings, schematics, and procedure manuals.

Ability to apply concepts of basic shop math, calculate figures and amounts such as area, circumference, length, distance, and volume.

Ability to write legibly to complete routine reports, and complete required testing.

Ability to acquire and maintain a valid drivers' license to operate company vehicles.
Familiar with track standards and how to apply.
Able to read and apply FRA track standards.
Pass written examinations on the safe operations of trains and maintenance of way standards.
Familiar with roadway workers protections.
Knowledge of the operation of small power tools and hand tools to make repairs to the track structure.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Must be able to see 100% of time.

Must be able to hear and talk well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, yard workers, section leaders 80% of time.

Must be able to stand 100% of time.

Must be able to walk level or uneven ground 100% of time.

Must be able to climb on and off equipment 5% of time

Must be able to bend, stoop and kneel 50% of time.

Must be able to lift, push, pull, or carry up to 150 pounds 50% of time.

Physical Dimensions:

The employee is required to exert up to 150 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 125 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 100 pounds of force regularly.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and elements, noise, and fumes from gas, oil, and grease.

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