Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 47-4061 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operat
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. Include ballast cleaning machine operators and road bed tamping machine operators.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Patrol assigned track sections so that damaged or broken track can be located and reported. Clean tracks or clear ice or snow from tracks or switch boxes. Repair or adjust track switches, using wrenches and replacement parts. Lubricate machines, change oil, or fill hydraulic reservoirs to specified levels. Dress and reshape worn or damaged railroad switch points or frogs, using portable power grinders. Cut rails to specified lengths, using rail saws. Raise rails, using hydraulic jacks, to allow for tie removal and replacement. Adjust controls of machines that spread, shape, raise, level, or align track, according to specifications. Drill holes through rails, tie plates, or fishplates for insertion of bolts or spikes, using power drills. Grind ends of new or worn rails to attain smooth joints, using portable grinders. Operate track-wrench machines to tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends of rails together. Observe leveling indicator arms to verify levelness and alignment of tracks. Operate single- or multiple-head spike driving machines to drive spikes into ties and secure rails. Engage mechanisms that lay tracks or rails to specified gauges. Clean or make minor repairs to machines or equipment. Clean, grade, or level ballast on railroad tracks. Drive graders, tamping machines, brooms, or ballast spreading machines to redistribute gravel or ballast between rails. Operate single- or multiple-head spike pullers to pull old spikes from ties.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.58   Entry $28,247.00
Mean $20.72   Mean $43,100.00
Experience $24.29 Experience $50,516.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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47-4061.00 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators