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Freight Car Repairer - St. Louis, MO 2023

Date: Jan 24, 2023

Location: Saint Louis, MO, US, 63147

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition ID : 35055 




Job Description

Freight Car Repairers (aka Carmen/Carwomen/Carpeople) are responsible work for 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.


 Primary Responsibilities:  
- 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


- Understand oral and written communication 
- Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
- Time Management
- Soft computer skills
- Mechanical aptitude
- Multitasking


Minimum Qualifications: 
- High School Diploma/GED 
- 18 years of age or older 
- Mechanical experience 
- Welding and fabrication experience 

Veterans and transitioning service members are encouraged to apply. Military roles that often transition well to this position (but not limited to): 88P, 2141.

Freight Car Repairers will undergo 1 week of Mechanical Safety Orientation during their first week of employment and 6 weeks of craft specific training, at the Norfolk Southern Training Center in McDonough, GA. During the training, trainees will be reimbursed for one round-trip and provided lodging and meal cards ($20/day).


Salary and Wages: 
- 1st 40 days of training: $18.81 (50% of Full rate)      
- Next 204 days of training: $28.21 (75% of Full rate)      
- Next 244 days of training: $30.09 (80% of Full rate)      
- After 488 days of training: $37.62 (100% of Full Rate)

Work Conditions

Working hours will include shift work over all 3 shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Shifts are assigned/awarded by seniority. The work environment is a shop and outdoor work.  

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: St Louis