Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

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What do they do?

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. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.

Also known as:

Machine Operator, Rail Maintenance Worker, Special Equipment Operator, Track Equipment Operator (TEO), Track Inspector, Track Laborer, Track Machine Operator, Track Maintainer, Track Man, Track Mechanic, Track Repair Person, Track Repairer, Track Service Person, Track Walker, Track Welder, Track Worker, Trackman

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 7.2%

    Percent Change

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  • 1,600

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0%)
  • Bachelor's degree (4.4%)
  • Associate's degree (6.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (36.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (43.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (8.5%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Locate equipment or materials in need of repair or replacement.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Weld metal components.
  • Verify alignment of structures or equipment.
  • Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
  • Cut metal components for installation.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.0 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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