Railway yard and track maintenance workers

Railway yard and track maintenance workers

NOC
7531

Regulate yard traffic, couple and uncouple trains and perform related yard activities, or operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

12
 

Median Hourly Wage

N/A

Median Salary

$49,548
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

112
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

50%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Railway yard workers regulate yard traffic, couple and uncouple trains and perform related yard activities. Railway track maintenance workers operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks. They are employed by railway transport companies.

Main Duties

Railway yard and track maintenance workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate control panel switches from railway yard tower to set traffic signals and to activate train switches that regulate railway traffic in railway yards
  • Operate car retarders, turntables and track switches to align locomotives and cars as required for coupling, uncoupling or servicing
  • Operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks, align tracks, transfer, spread, level and tamp ballast around ties and rails and to clear snow from tracks
  • Switch cars according to instructions which indicate the location, disposition and number of cars
  • Lubricate moving parts of railway cars and locomotives
  • Clean and make minor repairs to machines and equipment
  • Patrol assigned track sections to identify and report damaged or broken track
  • Perform other track maintenance duties as directed.

Also Known As

  • ballast regulator operator - railway
  • car controller - railway
  • control tower operator - railway
  • machine operator - railway
  • rail saw operator
  • railway equipment operator
  • railway track patroller
  • railway trackman/woman
  • section worker - railway
  • signal tower operator - railway
  • spike machine operator - railway
  • switch tender - railway yard
  • tie tamper operator - railway
  • towerman/woman - railway transport
  • yard coupler - railway
  • yard worker - railway
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Experience as a railway labourer is required.
  • On the job training is provided
  • Railway yard workers require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

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1.7%
Female
98.3%
Male
Employment by age

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10.5%
15-24
26.3%
25-34
15.8%
35-44
15.8%
45-54
31.6%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

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15.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
20.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
25.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
40.0%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

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89.5%
Transportation and warehousing
10.5%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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53.30%
Northeast
33.30%
Southeast
13.30%
Southwest
0.00%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

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Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

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$45,102
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

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Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$49,548

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$64,654

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$49,548

Newfoundland

$49,394

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$49,980

Canada

$68,230
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

12
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

9
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

31
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

30