Railway Carmen/Women

(NOC 7314)

in All Trades and Transportation

Railway carmen/women inspect, troubleshoot, maintain and repair structural and mechanical components of railway freight, passenger, and urban transit rail cars. They work for railway transport companies and urban transit systems.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Railway Carmen/women may either be working full-time or part-time hours.

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

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Median

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Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Railway carmen/women inspect, troubleshoot, maintain and repair structural and mechanical components of railway freight, passenger, and urban transit rail cars. They work for railway transport companies and urban transit systems.

Job duties

Railway carmen/women:

  • Inspect interior and exterior components of freight, passenger, and urban transit rail cars to determine defects and extent of wear and damage.
  • Repair and install railway car parts like compressors, air valves, bearings, couplings, air cylinders and piping.
  • Repair and maintain electrical and electronic controls for propulsion and braking systems.
  • Repair defective or damaged metal and wood components, using hand and power tools.
  • Repair and repaint wooden fixtures.
  • Replace damaged windows and repair upholstery.
  • Test and adjust parts using testing gauges and other test equipment.
  • Perform and document routine maintenance.

Sample job titles

  • apprentice carman/woman - railway
  • brake inspector - railway car
  • car repairer - railway
  • rail vehicle mechanic
  • railway car inspector
  • railway carman/woman
  • railway carman/woman inspector
  • railway equipment inspector

Skills

You should have an interest in electronics and mechanical operations. A strong background in mathematics and the sciences is important. You must be able to cooperate with others and perform routine tasks. Agility, physical strength, and hand-eye coordination are needed. You must also have good vision and hearing, and the inclination to work with tools.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • An industry-offered apprenticeship program or three to four years of on-the-job training is usually required.

Other considerations

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

50.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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56.3

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

100.0%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Transportation and warehousing

What is the age of Employment?

100.0%

55-64

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

75.0%

Apprenticeship

N/A
50.0%

College Diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Railway Association of Canada
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

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