Railway yard and track maintenance workers (NOC 7531)

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Nature of work

Railway yard workers regulate yard traffic, couple and uncouple trains and perform related yard activities. Railway track maintenance workers operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks. They are employed by railway transport companies.

Fields of interest

  • Working in transportation and maintenance
  • Working outdoors or with the environment
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Railway yard and track maintenance workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate control panel switches from railway yard tower to set traffic signals and to activate train switches that regulate railway traffic in railway yards
  • - Operate car retarders, turntables and track switches to align locomotives and cars as required for coupling, uncoupling or servicing
  • - Operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks, align tracks, transfer, spread, level and tamp ballast around ties and rails and to clear snow from tracks
  • - Switch cars according to instructions which indicate the location, disposition and number of cars
  • - Lubricate moving parts of railway cars and locomotives
  • - Clean and make minor repairs to machines and equipment
  • - Patrol assigned track sections to identify and report damaged or broken track
  • - Perform other track maintenance duties as directed.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Not available for this occupation.

Employment requirements

  • * Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • * Experience as a railway labourer is required.
  • * On the job training is provided
  • * Railway yard workers require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * Progression to a position such as brakeman is possible with experience.