Job description Railway Carman/woman in Canada

Find out what work is like for a railway carman/woman in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Railway carmen/women (NOC 7314).

Railway carmen/women


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

Job duties

  • This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • 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 such as 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.

Job titles

  • railway carman/woman apprentice
  • railway car inspector
  • railway carman/woman
  • streetcar and subway car mechanic
  • rail vehicle mechanic

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