The Army transports people, personnel, supplies and equipment around the world. As such they are responsible for providing for the upkeep and maintenance of some of the different transportation service that are under their command. The Army has a Railway and Train maintenance division to whom it is charged to maintain and operate the Army Railway operation battalions. Supplies, ammunition, equipment and vital material is transported by way of rail every day and the Army helps to maintain and keep in running order sections and areas of track and train systems that belong to the United States Government or for some other reason is under Army control and ownership. Railway repair personnel work to perform maintenance on roadbeds, railway tracks, fences, switches, and other types of railway facilities.
The function and responsibilities of a Train Maintenance and Railway Army repair specialist can involve repairing switches, signals and roadbeds, maintaining and operating railway and motor track cars, repairing and maintenance of areas of track, adjoining structures and rail facilities. Working as an Army Train Maintenance repair specialist you will have to be able to gauge tracks, check the degree of elevation for train tracks, and the amount of curvature of different railway sections that are undergoing repair or replacement.
Career training for an Army Train Railway Maintenance specialist begins as all Army enlisted jobs do with Basic Combat Training for 9 weeks. At boot camp you will discover what enlisted life in the Army is all about. After boot camp, you will progress to individual advanced training school for five weeks, where you will have simulated exercises in the field and classroom training. You will learn about track repair techniques, and how train and railway systems work. If you enjoy physical work and have an interest in railway operations, and like to work outdoors this may be a job for you. Advanced enlisted Railways and Train maintenance specialists train and supervise junior personnel and may in time be responsible for supervision of maintenance and track repair crews, and be involved in running a railway maintenance shop.
This is a job that often is used with the PaYS program; it is one that has a direct link to civilian railway employment after your service in the Army is complete. Many railway and train transportation companies in the United States are pleased to utilize trained Army Railway maintenance personnel after their separation from the Army.