Track Supervisor - Ann Arbor
Watco Companies - Ann Arbor, MI

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Job requires individual to be able to inspect railroad tracks, switches, crossings, bridges, roadbed and other parts of the railroad for any defects that would affect the safe operation of train traffic. The individual should be familiar with the Federal Railroad Administration Track Safety Standars part 213. Also be familiar with repairs to track and remedial action required to keep in compliance of the class of track that is being operated. Be able to identify any substandard conditions and take the appropriate action to ensure safe train operations. Be able to complete FRA required weekly reports, and follow-up on noted defects.

Able to use hand tools in performing repairs to the track, switches and other components of the railroad. Perform weekly scheduled inspection of all mainline and yard tracks for defects. Operate hy-rail vehicles to perform inspection and also able to perform walking inspections. This individual will also work with other track personnel and operating departments to prioritize work. Inform supervisors of any defects or other serious defects requiring prompt attention. This is accomplished by performing the following duties.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned, as requested or required.

1. Supervises and works in conjunction with Chief Engineer and General Manager to schedule activities of workers engaged in the installation and repair of railroad track on specified territory.

2. Raises rail, using track jack, to facilitate removal of old tie and installation of new tie.

3. Drills holes through rails for insertion of bolts using power drill.

4. Operates track-wrench machine to tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends of rails together.

5. Operates rail saw to cut rails to specified lengths.

6. Operates portable grinder to grind worn ends of rails.

7. Paints railroad signs, such as speed limits and gate-crossing warnings.

8. Drives company vehicles.

9. Performs other duties as requested or required.



High school education or general education development (GED); At least one year supervisory experience in railroad track maintenance or the combination of supervisory experience in track maintenance and training from a course in track maintenance.

Certificates and Licenses:

None required. However, the employee in this job must be able to pass Railroad Operating and Safety Rules Test. Valid Drivers License - Class B CDL preferred.

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 commonsense understanding to carry out detailed, but uninvolved written or oral instructions.

Ability to pass Railroad Operating and Safety Rules Test. Also Maintenance of Way and Roadway Worker Protection test.

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 employee 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 employee 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 employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and elements, noise, and fumes from gas, oil, and grease.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The employee in this job has direct supervisory responsibilities.

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Watco Companies (WCI) offers a wide-range of railcar services. Subsidiary Watco Transportation Services (WTS) runs 20-plus short-line...