Traveling Welder Assistant - Birmingham, AL


Birmingham, AL, US, 35224

Category:  Track Operation

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Keep the world’s supply chain moving. That’s what the Watco team does every day at our short line railroads, switching sites, terminals, ports, and logistics hubs. 

Whether you’re at one of these locations or in a support-services role, there’s one thread that ties everyone together. We’re all on the same team. One Watco

Here’s what you can expect from Watco: 

  • Award-winning culture recognized by Forbes and Newsweek
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • Paid on-the-job training with peer trainers 
  • Operations training at the Safe Performance Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Leadership and development programs offered through Watco University 
  • Career advancement opportunities

Working at Watco

Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named to Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers.

Working at Watco means working in the exciting field of transportation and supply chain logistics. We’re involved in domestic and international operations that are expanding all the time. Working at Watco also means a supportive, collaborative environment where you can learn and build a career.  You’ll find that safety is at the heart of everything we do. We look out for our team members’ safety and the safety of the people in the communities where we work.  In addition to these strengths, we offer competitive pay and industry-leading benefits.

Come to Watco and join a team where you'll leave each day knowing you've made a difference.


Starting Pay Rate: $23.00 - $27.00 per hour


Anticipated Traveling 75%




Installs and repairs railroad track on specified territory of railroad, using spike pullers, spike drivers, removes old spikes, drives new spikes, performs related maintenance to railroad track on specified territory of railroad. This is accomplished by performing the following duties.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned, as requested or required.


  • Raises rail, using track jack, to facilitate removal of old tie and installation of new tie. 
  • Drills holes through rails for insertion of bolts using power drill.
  • Operates track-wrench machine to tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends of rails together.
  • Operates rail saw to cut rails to specified lengths.
  • Operates portable grinder to grind worn ends of rails. 
  • Paints railroad signs, such as speed limits and gate-crossing warnings.
  • Drives company vehicles.
  • Must be available to be on call 24/7 
  • Performs other duties as requested or required.





  • Knowledge of and skills in using hand tools, including wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, measuring tapes, etc.
  • Knowledge of and skills in using power tools and hydraulic equipment, including portable grinders, rail saws, spike pullers, track wrench machines, power drills.
  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed, but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
  • Ability to talk and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, yard workers, section leaders.
  • Ability to see well enough to read operating and maintenance instructions, gauges and dials on precision measuring tools.
  • Ability to read and comprehend safety manuals, operating and maintenance instructions, test materials, drawings, schematics, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic shop math, calculate figures and amounts such as area, circumference, length, distance, and volume.
  • Ability to write legibly to complete routine reports, and complete required testing.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a valid drivers’ license to operate company vehicles.
  • Familiar with track standards and how to apply.
  • Able to read and apply FRA track standards.
  • Pass written examinations on the safe operations of trains and maintenance of way standards.
  • Familiar with roadway workers protections.
  • Knowledge of the operation of small power tools and hand tools to make repairs to the track structure.


Physical Demands


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Must be able to see 100% of time.
  • Must be able to hear and talk well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, yard workers, section leaders 80% of time.
  • Must be able to stand 100% of time.
  • Must be able to walk level or uneven ground 100% of time.
  • Must be able to climb on and off equipment 5% of time
  • Must be able to bend, stoop and kneel 50% of time.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull, or carry up to 150 pounds 50% of time.


Physical Dimensions


  • The team member is required to exert up to 150 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 125 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 100 pounds of force regularly.


Work Environment


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • The team member is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and elements, noise, and fumes from gas, oil, and grease.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham