Track Laborer - Madison, WI


Madison, WI, US, 53704

Category:  Track Operation

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.

Hourly Pay Rate: $23.00 - $24.00


This position is with the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad.




The Railroad Track Repair Technician position will be required to safely and efficiently inspect, repair, and maintain the railroad track infrastructure to insure safe and efficient service to our customers.  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


  • Inspect, unload, load, distribute, pick-up, install cross ties, switch ties, other track material and ballast.   
  • Inspect, unload, distribute, load, pick-up, install, grind, and transpose rail.   
  • Inspect, load, unload, distribute, pick-up, remove, construct, maintain and repair turnouts. 
  • Inspect, patrol, construct, install, retire, remove, surface, gauge, line and shift track. 
  • Inspect, protect, flag, construct, install, maintain, and repair road crossings. 
  • Inspect, protect, flag, construct, install, maintain, repair, paint, renew and replace bridges. 
  • Inspect, protect, flag, maintain, repair and construct culverts and tunnels. 
  • Inspect, dismantle, remove, maintain, repair and paint station facilities. 
  • Inspect, test, maintain, repair, construct and install scales. 
  • Inspect, remove, maintain, repair, construct, and install right of way, sand and snow fences. 
  • Inspect, construct, install, maintain, clean and paint signs. 
  • Cut and dispose of vegetation. 
  • Clean debris from switches. 
  • Remove snow or other foreign materials from track infrastructure. 
  • Accurate and timely reporting as required 
  • Read and accurately interpret company documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and federal and state regulations. 
  • Communicate professionally and effectively. 
  • Must acquire a comprehensive understanding of track authority. 
  • Comply with performance metrics measurements and deadlines. 
  • Practice safe work habits and follow company and industry policies, procedures and regulations. 
  • Respond promptly to any accident, incident or emergency call. 
  • Read gauges, precision measuring instruments, schematics and maintenance manuals 100% of the time. 
  • 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. 


Certificates and Licenses


  • The team member must possess a valid driver’s license with no restrictions.  
  • CDL is Required (or must be obtained)
  • The team member 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


  • Must have the ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out written and oral instructions. 
  • Must have the ability to write legibly. 
  • Must be able to perform duties that require heavy lifting. 
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions. 
  • Must be able to have a flexible work schedule. 
  • Must have the ability to recognize problems. 
  • Must have knowledge of Roadway Protection Rules. 
  • Must have a broad understanding of railroad operations. 


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.  


Nearest Major Market: Madison