2023 Track Laborer - Elkhart, IN

Date: Nov 11, 2023

Location: Elkhart, IN, US, 46517 Elkhart, IN, US, 46517

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 35129: 2023 Track Laborer - Elkhart, IN 

Primary Purpose:  

Performs physical labor using hand tools and equipment to construct, alter, repair, maintain, and demolish railroad tracks, associated structures, and components.  Works as a member of a local Line Maintenance crew. 


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Line Maintenance Track Laborer 


Principal Duties:

  • Carry and place track materials using hand tools such as tie tongs, rail tongs, rail forks, lining bars, shovels, and jacks.
  • Attach the rail to ties using spike mauls or spike drivers.
  • Remove spikes with claw bars, spike lifters, and spike pullers.
  • Lift, position, handle, remove and install railroad crossties in and around the track structure.
  • Connect and disconnect rail using track, impact, power wrenches, or welding materials.
  • Move, clean, and tamp ballast (crushed stone-like material) with shovels, tamping picks, clay picks, lining bars, and ballast forks.
  • Raise tracks, turnouts, crossings, and rails with track or power jacks.
  • Cut associated materials with oxygen-acetylene torches, rail saws, cut off saws, and cold chisels.
  • Drill holes with gasoline, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric drill motors.
  • Work alongside heavy equipment by connecting, disconnecting, and controlling material that is being moved and by directing such movement.
  • Participate in safety meetings.
  • Wear all appropriate personal protective equipment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have High School or GED
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License
  • Capable of lifting and carrying a minimum of 75 pounds.
  • Willing and able to travel to various job sites, including those that require overnight stays and those that require short notice mobilization.
  • Capable of working in inclement weather and/or conditions.
  • Capable of covering distances afoot of one quarter (1/4) to two (2) miles per day, on railroad right of way, negotiating steep grades and rough terrain, without assistance.
  • Capable of working unsupervised at times.


Skills and Abilities:

  • Interact effectively as a crew member.
  • Understand and follow verbal and visual communications.
  • Understand and respond to audible and visual signals and warnings.
  • Quickly learn and perform job duties.
  • Recognize, avoid, and report potential hazards.

Company Overview


Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers.


We are a team of more than 20,000 employees working together to maintain our reputation as "The Thoroughbred of Transportation." As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.


Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation and, gender identity. Together, we power progress.

Nearest Major Market: Elkhart
Nearest Secondary Market: South Bend