Locomotive Service Technician - Cherryvale, KS


Cherryvale, KS, US, 67335

Category:  Mechanical - Railroad

Start a Watco Career and Discover the Difference

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: $19.00 per hour


Schedule: Friday - Monday; 10 hour shifts




The Locomotive Service Technician will assist in the maintenance and repair of locomotives by performing the following duties: 1. Sanding Locomotives 2. Assisting in the daily inspection of locomotives. 3. Servicing locomotives 4. Repairing and assisting in the repair of locomotives. 


Education and Experience


  • High school education or general education development (GED).


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Knowledge of and skills in using handtools, including screwdrivers, socket wrenches, torque wrenches, pry bars, and specialized mechanic tools.
  • Knowledge of and skills in using power tools including cut-off saws, drills, portable band saws, skill saws, air impact wrenches, grinders.
  • Knowledge of and skills in using hydraulic tools including hydraulic wrenches and barring over tools.
  • Knowledge of and skills in operating welding equipment and cutting tools.
  • Knowledge of and skills in operating heavy equipment including overhead cranes, truck cranes, and forklifts.
  • Knowledge of and skills in mechanical maintenance.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, blueprints, drawings, schematics, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or team members of organization.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as area, circumference, length, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic shop math.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to read and interpret gauges and precision measuring tools.


Physical Demands


  • Must be able to see well enough to read gauges, precision measuring instruments, schematics, maintenance manuals 100% of time.
  • Must be able to talk and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, and others within the company 100% of time.
  • Must be able to reach with arms and hands to perform inspection, maintenance, and repair duties 100% of time.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, twist, kneel, squat 100% of time.
  • Must be able to use hands to grasp, handle, finger and feel 100% of time.
  • Must be able to climb and balance well enough to mount locomotive by climbing up and down steps 30% of time.
  • Must be able to walk on level or uneven ground 100% of time.

Nearest Major Market: Wichita