State of AlaskaAnchorage 99501
Full Time
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Carman Trainee, Fai

State of Alaska
Full Time Alaska Railroad Corporation, 327 W Ship Creek Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States Apply before 10/5/2023 11:59


General Description

To provide a training program that enables the incumbent to attain Journeyman Carmen status and be able to perform the full range of inspection, maintenance, troubleshooting, servicing and repair activities of freight and passenger cars, various standard equipment and components utilized throughout the railroad industry and maintenance shop environments.  Work is performed in accordance with the Association of American Railroads Rules, APTA, Federal Railroad Administration Regulations, OSHA regulations and Alaska Railroad Corporation regulations and specifications.

Examples of Duties

As An Entry Status Mechanical Carmen:

The training program consists of a combination of self-study correspondence courses and on-the-job practical instruction provided by fully qualified Journeyman Carmen.   Training is scheduled and phased.   Assignments include learning such trade practices and skills as the proper usage of tools and equipment of the trade; the order of assembling parts and identifying tools and equipment; reading blueprints, sketches, and technical manuals to understand the functions of the parts or systems; planning and laying out work and troubleshooting parts, systems and components; repair techniques to include methods used in obtaining fits or tolerances/ making adjustments and calibrations; and rebuilding and manufacturing parts. 


The Trainee performs operational functions and maintains working area in accordance with practices and procedures prescribed in the ARRC Manual of Safety Rules and Regulations for the General Guidance and Protections of Railroad Personnel.   Incumbent is required to drive an ARRC vehicle at times. Performs routine inspection, troubleshooting, preventative maintenance and repairs to freight and passenger cars and related equipment and components. When applicable, all inspection and repair forms are signed, documenting and certifying all repairs were performed and completed in detail and in accordance with applicable rules, regulations and laws.  During the course of an inspection, the use of various reference materials, manuals, specifications, regulations, gauges, hand tools and drawings may be required in order to ensure strict compliance with the regulations and applicable laws.

As a Journeyman Carmen:


Performs inspection of railroad rolling stock for defective conditions in accordance with applicable Federal Railroad Administration Regulations, Part 231, Railroad Safety Appliance Standards, Part 215, Railroad Freight Car Safety Standards and Part 238, Passenger Equipment Safety Standards. Defective equipment is removed from service based upon application of applicable guidelines. Component inspection includes all aspects of freight and passenger car anatomy.    In the course of passenger and freight car inspection, applicable Federal Railroad Administration Regulation inspection forms are documented and signed.


Performs repairs to freight and passenger car rolling stock, both foreign and system, using various tools of trade. Repairs are performed are in accordance with Field Manual of the Association of American Railroads Interchange Rules and AAR Manual of Standards, encompassing all component removal, replacement and/or restoration of car anatomy. When applicable, as in of tank car valves repair, ARRC Quality Assurance inspection forms are documented and signed in accordance with Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 179 Specifications for Tank Cars. Incumbent performs tank repairs in permit and non permit confined spaces.


Performs individual freight car and train consist air brake tests in compliance with Title 49, Transportation, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 232, Brake System Safety Standards for Freight and other non-passenger trains and equipment; end of train devices. 


Provides guidance to shippers in the proper placement and securement of lading using Association of American Railroads Open Top Loading Rules and approved ARRC interline procedures. Performs load inspection to insure lading securement and loading compliance.

Responds to derailment situations, participating in re-railing activities associated with reestablishing mainline and service track access.


Provides necessary Blue Signal Protection perTitle 49, Transportation, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 218, Railroad Operating Practices.  

Participates in various aspects of training, including apprentices and other Care Department employees, as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

FACTOR 1: Skill and Knowledge


Knowledge of safe work practices and methods and maintenance of railroad equipment and work areas in accordance with practices and procedures prescribed in ARR Manual of Safety Rules and Regulations for General Guidance and Protection of Railroad Personnel. Ability to learn to perform the full range of repair, maintenance and overhaul to railroad equipment under the jurisdiction of the journeyman; e.g. freight and passenger cars. A basic knowledge of mathematics is required along with a practical knowledge of the principles underlying the work. The ability to read, write and communicate; learn to interpret blueprints, work instructions, and other technical guides of varying degrees of complexity is required. Must show good judgment in decision making and be able to improvise as required by the circumstances. Must be able to maintain alertness and concentrated attention on several ongoing projects simultaneously.


The incumbent will be trained on skills in more than one specific trade, including welding, sheet metal work, carpentry, pipe fitting, mechanical work and associated tooling. Trainees will learn to inspect equipment for defective conditions and determine status. Examples of inspected components are as follows: safety appliances, such as handholds, handbrakes, sill steps, ladders; air brake components, such as foundation brake rigging, air hoses, angle cocks, brake valves, air cylinders and reservoirs; truck assemblies, such as truck frame components including wheels, axles, journal roller bearings and boxes and associated equipment; underframe and draft attachment components, such as coupler assemblies, draft gears and associated components, as well as center plate/side bearing arrangements; and super structure assemblies, such as center sills, side posts, end sheets, roof sections, doors and interior of cars.


Incumbent must use initiative and sound judgment in the application of applicable rules and guidelines. It is preferred that incumbent have a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of re railing procedures.


FACTOR 2: Responsibility


Incumbent works under supervision. The Mechanical Supervisor or Journeymen Carman provides precise instructions on new assignments. As the incumbent's skills and knowledge increase, less direction is given such that at the conclusion of each training segment, the incumbent is able to perform those tasks alone.


FACTOR 3: Physical Effort


Work includes lifting and carrying tools, materials, and equipment, which may, at times, exceed 60 pounds. Also included is pushing and/or pulling objects of varying sizes and shapes weighing up to several hundred pounds. Work requires walking, climbing, crawling, bending, and standing for extended periods of time. Work also requires, in most cases, both physical stamina and coordination to complete assignments. Must be able to wear a respirator when performing various tasks.


FACTOR 4: Working Conditions


Generally, the work is done indoors in heated shops; however, at times work is done outdoors in all types of climatic conditions. Work involves exposure to dust, dirt, slag, grease, and grime. Soiling of clothing and skin surfaces is normal. Frequently, the incumbent is exposed to excessive noise, vibrations, gases, and fumes from petroleum products in addition to electric arc flashes during welding processes and excessive heat common to the trade. The incumbent works on concrete, earth, metal, and wood surfaces in crowded areas near moving machinery and equipment. At times, these surfaces may be uneven, slippery, icy, muddy, and/or greasy. Incumbent occasionally will come into contact with chemical compounds such as acids or caustic solutions, which would be common to the trade. Personal protective wear, i.e., steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, eyes and hearing protection, are available and utilized to reduce or prevent injuries.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED equivalent is required.  Experience or training/education in one of the following is required:

  • One year of practical work experience in a mechanical shop, equipment maintenance, equipment or building repair or construction environment. 
  • Completion of NIT or AVTEC (or similar) training in welding or heavy equipment or closely related field
  • Associate’s degree in welding technology, heavy equipment or closely related field
Practical experience performing railroad rolling stock maintenance work is preferred.  Experience in the following areas is preferred: machine shop, sheet metal work, welding fabrication, carpentry, pipefitting, or a heavy equipment shop.   Previous experience operating overhead cranes is preferred. Must have sufficient skill to perform the following:  work without more than normal supervision, assemble, install, repair, troubleshoot, use measuring instruments, and operate vehicles/equipment.   Must be capable of using a respirator.  Must have a valid driver’s license.  Must be capable of lifting 60 pounds.  
Additional Required Information
Please include any REQUIRED AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS in your APPLICANT PROFILE and/or RESUME. If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full- or part-time. Your application will be closely reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant will not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.The above reflects only the more significant details for the performance of the job and is not intended to be all inclusive.
Contact Information
Alaska Railroad Human Resources Department E-Mail: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 107500, Anchorage, AK 99510-7500Street Address: 327 West Ship Creek, Anchorage, AKFax Number: (907) 265-2542Alaska Railroad Corporation is an equal opportunity employer