National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.0


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7314 - Railway carmen/women

Railway carmen/women inspect, troubleshoot, maintain and repair structural and mechanical components of railway freight, passenger and urban transit rail cars. They are employed by railway transport companies and urban transit systems.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • rail vehicle mechanic
    • railway car inspector
    • railway carman/woman
    • railway carman/woman apprentice
    • streetcar and subway car mechanic

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Locomotive mechanics (See 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics)
    • Railway car repairer foremen/women (See 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)
  • Main duties

    Railway carmen/women perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Inspect interior and exterior components of freight, passenger and urban transit rail cars to determine defects and extent of wear and damage
    • Repair and install railway car parts such as compressors, air valves, bearings, couplings, air cylinders and piping
    • Repair and maintain electrical and electronic controls for propulsion and braking systems
    • Repair defective or damaged metal and wood components, using hand and power tools
    • Repair and repaint wooden fixtures
    • Replace damaged windows and repair upholstery
    • Test and adjust parts using testing gauges and other test equipment
    • Perform and document routine maintenance.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of an industry-offered apprenticeship program or three to four years of on-the-job training is usually required.
    • Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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