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Locomotive Mechanics keep the fleet of locomotives in good repair, to ensure the safe and efficient operation of each locomotive on their railroad.
A Locomotive Mechanic on a larger railroad may be specialized in one area of locomotive maintenance. Shortline and regional railroads may only employ one or two Locomotive Mechanics who must be familiar with all aspects of the locomotive.
Types of Locomotive Mechanics and duties:
- Diesel mechanics - The diesel mechanic maintains the locomotive and ensures the safe operation of the diesel engines.
- Railroad boilermakers - Boilermakers maintain, repair and refurbish locomotives.
- Railorad electricians - Electricians inspect, repair and install any wiring and electrical equipment used on locomotives, such as gauges and communication devices.
- Shop laborers - Shop laborers move locomotives within the shop facility or rail yard to specified areas for repairs. Shop laborers also clean locomotive cabs and refuel the locomotives.
Locomotive Mechanic Job Duties
Locomotive Mechanic job duties include performing regular inspections of locomotives, as well as testing and troubleshooting of all mechanical systems on the locomotive, including air brakes. The Locomotive Mechanic must also be knowledgeable in the safe operation of power tools.
Locomotive Mechanic Training
- A high school diploma or equivalent
- High school or training courses in electronics, engineering or shop classes are helpful
- Some railroads may require successful completion of in-house or other training program
Locomotive Mechanic Salary
Locomotive Mechanics can make an average of $30,000 to $35,000 per year. Yearly income varies depending on size and location of the railroad.