New Hope, PA 18938


A diesel-electric locomotive mechanic is responsible for inspection, service, repair and maintenance of diesel locomotives consistent with industry standards, company directives, and federal regulations. A diesel-electric locomotive mechanic will use hand tools, power tools, welding and cutting equipment and measuring instruments; may be called upon to operate forklifts, cranes, tractors, torches, welders and rivet guns.


-Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
-Maintains proper care and use of materials, test equipment, machines and hand tools normally associated with assigned job
-Inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair malfunctions in diesel engines, air brake equipment, running gear or locomotive components
-Rivet, bolt, glue, braze or weld to fabricate, modify or design replacement parts for equipment
-Fabricate, cut, shape, and perform finish operations using various types of materials
-Perform periodic service on locomotives
-Move locomotives
-Operate light cranes, fork lifts, and other car moving shop equipment


Diesel-Electric Locomotive Mechanics may work within a mechanical shop environment, but may also work in open rail yards and on line-of-road. Acarmanapprentice must therefore be able to work in all types of weather conditions. Although a diesel-electric locomotive mechanic position entails mostly shift work, which may include weekends, overtime and odd service hours may be required.


-High School diploma or GED equivalent
-Must possess a valid driver’s license
-Mechanical experience
-One year mechanical work experience or training


-Two years diesel mechanic experience
-Completion of a mechanical vocational or trade school program
-Experience in the maintenance of railroad equipment
-Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems
-Ability to read mechanical drawings
-Knowledge and skill in the use of electronic tools, equipment and the measurements necessary to meet established standards
-Some computer skills


-Verbal comprehension (Understand oral and written communications–both general and technical)
-Communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions)
-Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills)
-Mechanical aptitude


-Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
-Wear protective equipment such as hard hat, hearing protection, safety-toe boots and safety glasses
-Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek, overtime, and various shift work
-Complete annual training and pass safety rules examination
-Random testing for drugs and/or alcohol
-Must pass all required assessments
-Must pass a post-offer medical examination, including a drug screen


The ability to lift 50 pounds regularly
The ability to lift 100 pounds on a rare basis
The ability to stoop/bend/kneel/crouch/balance/climb as required in the performance of the position
The ability to stand for prolonged periods of time
The ability to move safely over uneven terrain
The ability to see and respond to dangerous situations
The ability to safely climb ladders and steps while carrying 25 pounds
The ability to demonstrate auditory and visual acuity/tracking/inspection
The ability to handle exposure to equipment that intensifies the heat factor on an occasional basis


-Work outside in all weather conditions, in confined spaces, and on occasion at elevated heights.

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