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Locomotive Inspector

Inspect railroad locomotives in roundhouses or shops.

What does a Locomotive Inspector do?

Inspects railroad locomotives in roundhouse or shop to determine extent of wear and needed repairs, using handtools and measuring instruments: Examines firebox, journal boxes, and bearings to detect wear. Taps parts, such as rods, wheels, and bolts with hammer or rawhide mallet and listens to sound to detect ruptures or cracks. Measures wheel flanges with calipers and depth gauge to detect excessive wear or flat spots. Reports defects to SUPERVISOR, ROUNDHOUSE or prepares inspection report form.