Also known as Machine Operator, Rail Maintenance Worker, Track Equipment Operator (TEO), Track Inspector, Track Laborer, Track Maintainer, Track Repairer, Track Walker, Trackman
Also known as Machine Operator, Rail Maintenance Worker, Track Equipment Operator (TEO)
Rail Maintenance Workers lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines.
In addition, Rail Maintenance Workers includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.
Rail Maintenance Workers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Rail Maintenance Workers. More generally, Rail Maintenance Workers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Rail Maintenance Worker is $56,370, and the average salary is $57,430. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Rail Maintenance Worker salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Rail Maintenance Workers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Rail Maintenance Workers earn less than $36,110 per year, 25% earn less than $44,560, 75% earn less than $68,440, and 90% earn less than $81,670.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Rail Maintenance Workers is expected to change by 5.1%, and there should be roughly 1,500 open positions for Rail Maintenance Workers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Rail Maintenance Worker are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Rail Maintenance Workers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Rail Maintenance Worker tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Rail Maintenance Workers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Rail Maintenance Workers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Rail Maintenance Workers moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Rail Maintenance Workers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, cooperation, and concern for others.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Rail Maintenance Workers, ranked by importance:
Working as a Rail Maintenance Worker usually requires a high school diploma.
Rail Maintenance Workers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Rail Maintenance Workers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as transportation, mechanical, or building and construction knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Rail Maintenance Workers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Rail Maintenance Workers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Rail Maintenance Workers need abilities such as control precision, multilimb coordination, and manual dexterity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Rail Maintenance Workers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Rail Maintenance Workers frequently use skills like operations monitoring, operation and control, and troubleshooting to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Rail Maintenance Workers, ranked by their relative importance.
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