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Freight Car Repairer - Knoxville, TN

Date: Nov 25, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37924

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition ID : 34595 



Job Description

Scope: Carmen's work shall consist of rail car inspection and maintenance in accordance with FRA and AAR Regulations. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk long  distances over uneven terrain and sit for extended periods of time; reach for tools and objects with hands and arms; climb in the back of vehicles; stoop, kneel, or crouch; in all types of weather conditions. The employee must occasionally lift up to 50 pounds and be able to demonstrate how to properly use basic mechanic tools. The employee must be able to demonstrate proper welding and cutting techniques indoors and outdoors. 

- Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety and operations.
- Inspect car components for compliance with AAR and FRA standards.
- Obtain information from computer regarding car components, destination, lading, and repair records and/or to file data such as repair information, bad orders and car releases.
- Able to proficiently use cutting torch in all positions.
- Must qualify in SMAW and FCAW welding processes that include 2F, 3F and 4F positions.
- Operate forklifts, light cranes, and car moving equipment.
- Operate various vehicles, maybe required to obtain CDL for operation of Rewheel truck. 
- Rerail cars and locomotives by using rerailing equipment and perform other work associated with wreck service on the railroad.
- Straighten, fabricate and replace steel parts such as: grab irons, handholds, ladders, ladder brackets, and sill steps.
- Repair, remove, or replace defective components such as wheels, safety appliances, truck and brake equipment, couplers, yokes, draft gears, and air brake valves; weld broken parts or secure new parts.
- Perform Class I brake test and Single car test in accordance with FRA Regulation 232.
- Inspect, measure, and secure lading in accordance with AAR open top rules.
- Perform other duties that may be assigned.

Technical Skills/Abilities:
- Understand oral and written communication
- Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
- Time Management
- Soft computer skills
- Mechanical aptitude


Education and Experience:
- High school diploma or GED
- Mechanical experience
- Welding and fabrication experience 


Freight Car Repairer rate progression:

  • 1st 40 days of training:    50% of full rate     
  • Next 204 days of training:75% of full rate     
  • Next 244 days of training:80% of full rate     
  • After 488 days of training:100% of full Rate      100 % of full rate ($32.98)

Work Conditions

This position is full time, shift work consists of: Irregular hours, including nights, weekend, holidays and occasional overtime.

Travel required for training.

About Norfolk Southern

Since 1827, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and its predecessor companies have safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability, Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid 15 million tons of yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the country’s population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Learn more by visiting


Nearest Major Market: Knoxville