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What is a Locomotive Mechanic?

A locomotive mechanic is a person who conducts scheduled inspections on locomotives, makes repairs and performs preventive maintenance. Locomotive mechanics inspect, service, repair, and maintain the engines, wheels and trucks, air brakes, air compressors and other mechanical and electrical components on locomotives.

A locomotive mechanic should be responsible, analytical, methodical and accurate, and have strong mechanical aptitude and the ability to use a variety of technical tools to diagnose and solve locomotive engine and machinery problems. They should be reasonable fit and healthy, as they may work at heights, in confined spaces, and lift heavy objects.

What does a Locomotive Mechanic do?

Locomotive mechanics may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Locomotive mechanics may work normal office hours or shifts that include early morning, late night, weekends and public holidays. They work indoors in workshops and outdoors in all weather conditions.

Locomotive mechanics may be required to wear protective equipment such as overalls, hearing protection, safety-toe boots and safety glasses when working. Their job may require them to bend, kneel, stoop, crouch, crawl and stand for long periods, as well as to lift heavy objects, ascend and descend ladders and locomotives, and work in confined spaces and around engines.

What is Required to Become a Locomotive mechanic?

To become a locomotive mechanic, you need to complete a locomotive mechanic training program at a railroad transport company or a technical school. The minimum educational requirement to be admitted into the program is a certificate of secondary education.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Locomotive mechanics need to have:


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