Railway Equipment Operator

Operate tamping machines, brooms, graders and ballast cleaning machines.

What does a Railway Equipment Operator do?

Operates several types of heavy equipment, such as rail-mounted tamping machines, brooms, graders, and ballast cleaning machines to tamp ballast beneath and between ties, to clean tracks, to clean and redistribute ballast, and to grade and level ballast on railroad tracks: Pulls levers and depresses pedals to drive machines and control attachments, such as blades, hydraulic turntables, jacks, brooms, and tampers. Tightens loose bolts and adjusts blades, using wrenches. Lubricates machines, changes oil, and fills hydraulic reservoirs to specified levels. May be designated according to type equipment operated as Ballast-Cleaning-Machine Operator; Ballast-Regulator Operator; Tamping-Machine Operator; Track-Broom Operator.