COMPANY: Harbor Services Company is a leading provider of railcar and locomotive repair services for the railroad industry in the United States.

POSITION: Repairman Welder-1

REPORTS TO: Location Supervisor/Manager

JOB SUMMARY: The primary responsibility of the Railcar Repairman I is to perform all freight car repairs including the inspection and repair and billing of railroad freight cars in accordance to all AAR, FRA and Railroad rules with minimal supervision. This work is accomplished through the use of hand tools, cutting torches, and welding equipment. Work is of a physical nature and involves kneeling, bending, and stooping.


To become a Repairman Welder-1 you must complete the 18 months of a Repairmen Welder – 2 or have 4 years’ experience as a railcar repairman from another company and be able to perform all the duties below with little to no supervisorial instructions including billing of all repairs, be D15.1 qualified and able to pass the annual Rail Car Repairman Test at a 100%..

The statements in this section are essential job functions that an employee must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation in order to achieve the objectives of the job. In this regard, please note that the description is generic and represents a composite across like position assignments. There may be position specific differences related to geography, available technology, work force levels, etc. which should be clarified in individual situations.

  • Perform all freight car repairers inspect, repair, rebuild and service railroad freight cars in accordance to all AAR, FRA and Railroad rules with minimal supervision. This is accomplished through the use of hand tools, power tools, cutting torches and welding equipment. Work is of a physical nature and involves kneeling, bending and stooping.
  • CONDUCT INSPECTIONS OF ROLLING STOCK (freight cars, flatcars, tank cars, etc.). Inspect rolling stock for defects or evidence of wear; inspect rolling stock for compliance with industry standards; inspect lading for shifting loads, clearances, and compliance with rules; inspect rolling stock damaged in derailments or collisions; conduct pre-trip inspections (air brake tests, fuel, etc.).
  • REPAIR ROLLING STOCK STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS. Fabricate, cut, and perform rough finish operations on metal and wood replacement parts; fasten and assemble car parts by riveting, bolting, welding, and other methods.
  • REMOVE AND REPLACE DEFECTIVE APPLIANCES AND COMPONENTS. Remove and replace defective components on rolling stock (trucks, shoes, coupler assemblies, air brake systems).
  • WORK WITH SHOP MACHINES AND TOOLS. Safely and effectively operate the following; acetylene torches, non-power tools (pliers, wrenches, hammers), power tools (drills, power saws, grinders); electric and gas welding equipment.
  • PRACTICE SAFE WORK HABITS. Understand and follow company and industry safety rules, practices, and procedures, wear prescribed safety apparel; take appropriate action when conditions threaten safety of self or coworkers; ensure equipment and work area are in safe operating condition before starting work.
  • Report all worked performed on proper billing sheets.
  • Assist in opening door and raising decks for inspection as needed.
  • Assist in lowering decks and closing doors as needed.
  • Insure all equipment is kept clean and in good repair.
  • Load and unload material as needed.
  • Keep storage and repair tracks net and orderly.
  • Assist in outer duties as needed.


Welder’s certification not required, but welder qualifications will be requested in order to be considered, for example 2g, 3g, 4g. Must meet all physical requirements and be able to take direction.

Work Hours: Full Time. Weekly schedule may change as required. May be necessary to work weekends. Must be willing to work overtime as needed. On call 24 hours a day.

Equipment Requirement: Required to wear back support belt, gloves, eye and ear protection, hard hat, work boots, and other necessary safety equipment as tasks dictate.

Education and Experience: Required to have high school diploma or equivalent.

Language Skills: Ability to read, write, and communicate English fluently and professionally. Ability to effectively communicate with and present information to all levels of employees, contractors, vendors, partners, owners and other inter-company divisions.

Mathematical Skills: Requires basic analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to solve basic mathematical problems.

Reasoning Skills: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.


  • Constant need (80% to 100% of the time) to be on feet.
  • Have constant need (80% to 100% of the time) to perform the following physical activities:
  • Bend/Stoop/Squat/Kneel Pick up debris, etc.
  • Climb Stairs or ladder Routine duties require access to all levels of railcars.
  • Push or Pull Move equipment, open and close doors, etc.
  • Reach Above Shoulder Stock and remove files, parts, and or equipment.
  • Grasp/Grip/Turning Handle tools and equipment, etc.
  • Finger Dexterity Handle tools and equipment, type, etc.
  • Lifting/carrying (supplies, files, parts, etc.):
  • 25 – 75 lbs. Frequent need ( 10% to 20% of the time)
  • 1 – 35 lbs. Constant need (80% to 100% of the time)

NOTE: Lifting and carrying of weights exceeding 50 lbs. is often accomplished with assistance from one or more persons and while wearing the required, appropriate safety equipment. Examples of heaviest items lifted include knuckles, brake beams, and uncoupling levers that weigh approximately 25 to 50 lbs. etc.

Reliable transportation is required at all times. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license at all times. Employee must be willing to take calls and report to work at any hour of the day or night. Out of town travel may be required.


  • Constant need (80% to 100% of the time) to observe areas needing attention/correction. Read cautionary labels; respond to written instructions from staff.
  • Constant need (80% to 100% of the time) to see things clearly beyond arm’s reach. Observe and assist in general maintenance; observe problems throughout property.
  • Constant need (80% to 100% of the time) to be able to differentiate common railroad signaling colors (red, green, yellow and blue).


  • Essential. Must be able (80% to 100% of the time) to hear things clearly and be able to receive verbal instructions.


  • Constant need (80% to 100% of the time) to verbally communicate with the staff, partners, vendors, etc.


  • Outdoors (80% to 100% of the time), all conditions, often for extended periods of time.
  • Exposure (50% to 90% of time) to paint fumes, lubricants, dust, loud noises, etc. Example: repair of railcars and switching will be close by the work area.
  • Employee may be required to travel to multiple locations throughout the United States and often to walk various areas which can be upstairs, noisy, dirty, uneven, or dark. Out of town travel may be required.


  • HIGH.Must be able to apply principles of logical thinking to a variety of practical situations and accurately follow standardized procedures that may occasionally involve minor deviations. Needs ability to think rationally beyond a specific set of instructions.


This job description has been designated to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $14.00 – $16.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Vision Insurance


  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime
  • Weekends


  • Welding: 1 year (Required)


  • driver’s license (Preferred)

Work Location:

Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

Benefit Conditions:

  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely: