Railroad Track Welder - Horicon, WI

Location: 

Horicon, WI, US, 53032

Category:  Track Operation

Working at Watco

Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named a 2022 Most Loved Workplace®.

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.

   
 

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.

The track welder position will be required to safely and efficiently connect rail joints by welding, rebuild various track components, weld and rebuild frogs, weld rail ends and perform other maintenance of way tasks. This is a manual labor position, which requires that the individual becomes proficient in the following skills, duties, and requirements within a prescribed training and introductory period.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  1. Raises rail, using track jack, to facilitate removal of old tie and installation of new tie.
  2. Drills holes through rails for insertion of bolts using power drill
  3. Operates track-wrench machine to tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends of rails together.
  4. Operates rail saw to cut rails to specified lengths.
  5. Operates portable grinder to grind worn ends of rails.
  6. Paints railroad signs, such as speed limits and gate-crossing warnings.
  7. Drives company vehicles
  8. Use cutting torch, wire, and stick welders
  9. Use Thermite Welding material to fuse rails together
  10. Use profile and hand grinders to create smooth surface
  11. Performs other duties as requested or required.
  12. Performs other duties that may be assigned.

 

Education and Experience:

 

  • High school education or general education (GED) or 3 to 6 months job-related experience; or equivalent of education and experience.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: None

 

Certificates and Licenses:

 

  • None initially required. However, the team member in this job must be able to pass Track Ground School, GCOR Written Test, Roadway Worker Protection Written Test, Fall Protection Written Test, Maintenance of Way Safety Written Test, MSHA/OSHA Training and Certification (if required on site).

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 

  • 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 common sense 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 a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

 

Work Environment:

 

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a 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.
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