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Railroad Shop Repair Person 2nd shift - Erskine, MN  (Full-Time)
Location: Erskine, MN
Job Type: Laborer

Job Title: Railcar Repair Laborer I                          Department: Mechanical Car                       Division: Northern Plains Rail Services  

 Reports to: Facility Manager Car Repair                 Job Status: Full Time                                             Schedule: Varies. M-F, 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM with additional hours as necessary


As directed by the Supervisor of Car Repair, maintain and repair railroad rolling stock.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities at Northern Plains Rail Companies are, but are not limited to:

·        Stencil letters and numbers on cars.

·        Fasten parts of car using impact wrench or hydraulic bolt fastener for riveting.

·        Remove and replace brake assemblies and brake shoes.

·        Remove and replace uncoupling lever.

·        Repair or replace steel sections such as side posts, rafters, crossties, panels, under framing, and piping using welding torch, electric welder, power wrench, and hand tools.

·        Replace and/or repair gaskets, air hose, train line, etc., as required.

·        Straighten and/or replace grab irons, handholds, still steps on cars.

·        Maintain, repair or replace air brake pipes, valves, fitting, or other appurtenances.

·        Remove and replace couplers, draft gears, and yokes.

·        Clean and prepare surfaces of railroad cars or cabooses to be painted.

·        Repair freight car sides, ends, doors and floors by burning, straightening or patching.

·        Pull, push, and position heavy equipment or car components when making or completing repairs.

·        Other duties as assigned by foreman/manager.

·        Ability to throw/align a switch.

·        Ability to be trained as track mobile operator and/or groundman.

·        Remove old product from cars and wash cars using a pressure washer.

·        Certified Welding certificate not required but a plus.



To perform this job successfully at NPRC, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Good mechanical background will be required to become conversant with the General Code of Operating Rules, Safety Rules, AAR Rules and regulations, and FRA requirements.
  • Welding and machine experience preferred.
  • Apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Be able to read and understand safety rules, instructions in the use and maintenance of shop tools and equipment, and methods and procedures in mechanical drawing and layout work.


Physical Demands:

NPRC may make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the physical demands listed below:

  • Frequent: Bending, balancing, walking, standing & sitting. Lift & carry less than 20 lbs.
  • Occasional: Push up to 50 lbs., pull up to 100 lbs., entraining, detraining railway equipment, kneeling, squatting, working in restricted areas, climb 12 feet or above, work indoors & outdoors, exposed to heat & cold, welding & torch cutting. Be able to lift 25-75 pounds when necessary. Climb ladders/steps – stand on a high structure, be in a confined space, walk on uneven ground.



  • Continuous: Standing on concrete.
  • Occasional: Vibration, noise, hot or cold temperature extremes, work at heights, uneven surfaces, shift work, paperwork, travel, smoke & dust, paint, cramped quarters & moving machinery.
  • Wash rail cars outside in all weather conditions.
  • Must wear correct PPE.


Education and Training:

  • GED or higher.
  • Must have and maintain an insurable driving status which includes but is not limited to NPR driver provisions.



This job description is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.


NPR is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected under local, state, or federal statute, ordinance, or regulation.

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