7531- Railway yard and track maintenance workers

Canada NOC: 
Job Title: 

Railway yard and track maintenance workers

Job Description: 

Railway yard workers regulate yard traffic, couple and uncouple trains and perform related yard activities. Railway track maintenance workers operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks. They are employed by railway transport companies.

Main Duties: 

Railway yard and track maintenance workers perform some or all of the following duties:

Operate control panel switches from railway yard tower to set traffic signals and to activate train switches that regulate railway traffic in railway yards
Operate car retarders, turntables and track switches to align locomotives and cars as required for coupling, uncoupling or servicing
Operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks, align tracks, transfer, spread, level and tamp ballast around ties and rails and to clear snow from tracks
Switch cars according to instructions which indicate the location, disposition and number of cars
Lubricate moving parts of railway cars and locomotives
Clean and make minor repairs to machines and equipment
Patrol assigned track sections to identify and report damaged or broken track
Perform other track maintenance duties as directed.

Employment Requirements: 

Some secondary school education is usually required.
Experience as a railway labourer is required.
On the job training is provided
Railway yard workers require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.

Additional Inormation: 

Progression to a position such as brakeman is possible with experience.

Classified Elsewhere: 

Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (7302)
Railway and motor transport labourers (7622)
Railway conductors and brakemen/women (7362)
Supervisors of railway yard workers (in 7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations)
Classification Structure - 7

Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X