New Hope, PA 18938


A carman apprentice is responsible for learning the carman craft including air brake operation and repair, and, as such, will participate in inspecting, repairing and maintaining railcars consistent with industry standards, company directives, and federal regulations. A carman apprentice 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
-Performs welding, burning, fabricating and basic machining
-Weld and paint railcars and occasionally locomotives
-Cut metal, sandblast and general car construction
-Clean, lubricate and maintain equipment on railroad cars
-Remove and replace couplers, draft gears and yokes
-Inspect, replace and/or repair gaskets, air hose and train line
-Paint cars and car components; stencil letters and numbers on cars
-Build and/or repair components such as doors, windows, floors, seat assemblies, interior walls, interior equipment, access panels, hand brakes, brake shoes, outside car body components and restrooms
-Straighten or fabricate, then replace steel parts such as: grab irons, handholds, ladders, brackets and steps
-Operate light cranes, fork lifts, and other car moving shop equipment


Carman apprentices may work within a mechanical shop environment, but may also work in open rail yards and on line-of-road. A carman apprentice must therefore be able to work in all types of weather conditions. Although a carman apprentice 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


-One or more years of welding and fabrication experience
-Completion of technical school or apprenticeship program
-Experience in the maintenance of railroad equipment
-Knowledge of mechanical, 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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