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Wheel Inspector

Inspect railroad wheels for defects and measure wheel flange for wear.

What does a Wheel Inspector do?

Inspects railroad wheels for defects and measures wheel flange for wear, using gauges, micrometer, and similar measuring instruments: Examines and feels surface of wheels for cracks and wear. Marks defective area with chalk or paint. Strikes wheel with hammer and listens to sound to detect flaws in metal. Measures wheel flange for wear and gauge between wheels, using micrometer and similar measuring instruments. Prepares reports describing defects in wheels and amount of wear in wheel flange, with recommendations for repair, replacement, or scrapping.