Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators:

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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $49,810.00
Average Time to Fill 43 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 470
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 0.07 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Following Directions

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Sand metal or plastic objects
Compact materials to create level bases
Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces
Cut wood components for installation
Cut metal or plastic material
Apply protective sealants or coatings
Paint surfaces such as walls
Drill holes in construction materials
Operate track switches
Position machines, equipment, or structures
Couple/Uncouple railroad cars

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment

Operate heavy construction equipment
Operate power or hand tools in construction, extraction, or mining environments
Move earth or debris for roads, construction, or related projects
Grade earth for roads or other construction
Operate locomotives, dinkey engines, or other rail vehicles
Operate material or personnel moving, lifting, loading, or unloading equipment

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Repair construction machinery or equipment
Repair railroad equipment or tracks
Clean construction or extraction related tools, equipment, or machinery
Maintain construction machinery or equipment
Maintain mechanical machinery or implements

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Supervisory Skills
Transportation Engineering
Construction Inspection
Inspection Records
Schematic Diagrams
Fall Protection
Farm Equipment

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