One of the most vital links in the Army supply chain is the use of Railway supply. The Rails transports supplies and ammunition to Army ports for eventual deployment and shipping overseas. The rail system is an important link in our national defense efforts. The Army Railway Repairer works to keep the railway system of operations in the Army up and ready for missions at all time.
An Army Railway Repair person is responsible for keeping railway roadbeds, tracks, fences, switches and other railway systems up and running at all times. Duties as a Railway Army repairperson can include:
-Making repairs to railways, roadbeds and Army Railway sections.
-Repair and maintenance of associated rail facilities, track and structures adjoining the railway.
-Spacing ties, gauging track, adjusting curvature or elevation of tracks under repair.
-Making repair to sign posts, crossing gates, and other areas.
-Operating and maintaining railway motorcars.
Working as an Army Railway Repairer starts as all Army enlisted route start, with nine weeks of Basic Combat Training. After Basic training, you will attend five weeks of Individual advance training, and learn about the skills necessary to become an Army Railway and Maintenance Repair person. You will receive classroom training and time spent on the job out in the field practicing practical aspects of Army Railway repair.
If you have an interest in railways and railroads, or an interest in troubleshooting and railway repair, or if you have any experience operating heavy construction equipment, this may be a career path for you. If you love to work outdoors, and enjoy working with tools and physical work, then you should work toward applying to become an Army Railway Enlisted Repair specialist. Advanced enlisted Railway Section maintenance personnel train and supervise other soldiers, and become involved in the planning of Railway repair projects. As a senior Railway Enlisted person you may be involved or responsible for:
-Using standard signals to communicate dangers to other crews and the public.
-Oversee and supervise a maintenance track repair crew.
-Coordination and managing of repair units on specific Railway repair projects.
-Training and providing railway expertise to junior enlisted members in their duties.
-Outline and assign repair work and assigning tasks.
-Overseeing obstruction clearance and removal of combustible materials from tracks and right of way areas.
Skills and abilities you gain as an Army Railway repairer are directly transferable to civilian employment in railway and train company employment.