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Driver Mechanic

Sperry Rail
Milwaukee, WI Full-time
Posted on May 13, 2019

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Operate test vehicle/detector car* on and off railroad tracks and in all road conditions. Perform vehicle inspections and equipment set-up. Record and interpret data on computer monitors. Service/maintain/repair the vehicle and detector carriage under the vehicle. This will entail crawling under the vehicle with clearance as little at eighteen inches and bending/kneeling/squatting in awkward postures under the vehicle. Climb steps and/or ladders to enter/exit the vehicle repeatedly; perform ground examination of rails (bending/kneeling) with hand test units. Personal protective equipment required includes safety glasses, safety steel toed boots, hard hats, and safety vests are mandatory. Safety goggles and neoprene gloves may be required when working with vehicle fluids (e.g., antifreeze, oil, cleaners). Required to be trained in Road Worker Safety once a year.

*Detector car/Test Vehicle can be either a "rail-bound" vehicle that looks like a railroad passenger car or a box truck modified to also ride rails.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Operate: Drive detector car*; ascend and descend car (via ladder or steps) to obtain and assist crew members with measurements and recordings. Place and operate test equipment on the rail line. Operate equipment to fill paint and water tanks on rail car; exit/enter vehicle via a ladder or steps (few hundred steps a day).

Identify: Perform visual observation of car and track conditions, test data, and equipment function.

Communicate: Must be able to communicate verbally clearly and concisely to pilot and crew member in order to obtain instructions, safety rules, determine traffic patterns, and announce obstructions on the rail. Communications may be with an individual in the adjacent seat or located in the rear of the vehicle. It will also require communication via radio and intercom. Hearing various buzzers and alarms used in the vehicle for communications is safety critical.

Maintain: Inspect and maintain all components of the vehicle motor, body, carriage, and generator. Perform cleaning including sweeping/mopping inside the vehicle and washing outside. In addition to common vehicle maintenance (oil, antifreeze, air filters), maintenance and repair of the detector carriage is also required. This will entail crawling under the vehicle with clearance as little at eighteen inches and bending/kneeling/squatting in awkward postures under the vehicle.

Physical Forces (Lift, Carry, Push Pull)

  • Lift up to 85 lbs
  • Lift and carry 5lbs hand tools daily
  • Assisted lifting heavy objects (over 100 lbs) infrequently
Requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED.
  • Valid CDL class A or B
  • 1 year of commercial driving experience
  • Skills/Competencies: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.