Job Description

Mechanic - Diesel Engines


The goal as a member of this team is to ensure locomotives are serviced safely, efficiently, in compliance with company and federal standards. Our client also conduct rebuilds for internal use as well as for other railroads across the United States.


  • Inspect and service diesel locomotives fleet within compliance of company, federal, and industry standards.
  • Diagnose malfunctions in diesel engines, air brake systems, fuel systems, and other issues related to the locomotive mechanical system.
  • Repair, replace or rebuild our locomotives and diesel engine components as needed.
  • Efficiently operate equipment including measuring instruments, precision machines, hand tools, and material handling equipment, i.e., forklifts, cranes, and overhead hoists
  • Communicate technical information, job briefing information, job procedure recommendations and other work-related information with others verbally, through writing, telephone, radio, and intercom.
  • Read and interpret information from diagrams, schematics, graphs, and charts, and input it into a computer as needed.
  • Ensure all equipment or materials are available and ready for use as needed.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and efficiently handle controversy.
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations, and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Basic keyboarding skills
  • Basic mathematic skills
  • Must have the following: 4 years of education or work experience (or a combination of the two) as a mechanic repairing trucks, ships, farm equipment, airplanes, trains, automobiles, diesels OR current journeyman's mechanical card.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to deliver information to coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Valid driver's license
  • Experience making quick and accurate visual inspections at near and far distances.
  • Experience reading and understanding instructions (examples may include: operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents)
  • Candidates for this position must pass a pre-employment Diesel Mechanic Aptitude Test
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment, background check and drug/alcohol testing.


  • An Associate-Degree in a mechanical related field
  • Certified and/or licensed as a diesel mechanic by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • Completed a formal auto/diesel engine training program (e.g., training presented by a community college or trade/vocational school, or military)
  • Experience as a mechanic in other fields (e.g., military, aviation, nuclear, marine)
  • Experience welding or a welding certificate (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Experience working outdoors in variable weather conditions (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Experience working in an environment that requires you to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection.
  • Experience working with, on, and around moving heavy equipment (Consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)

Physical Requirements

  • Able to make frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects; safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces.
  • Must have normal color vision.
  • Able to occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, lift, and carry objects weighing up to 65 lbs.
  • Able to detect and interpret different visual color signals and displays; identify and determine the speed of moving objects at near or far distances and respond quickly to sounds.
  • Able to occasionally perform overhead work for short periods of time.
  • Able to remain standing or sitting for more than one-half of every workday with an opportunity to periodically change position for comfort.
  • Able to detect unusual sounds and smells during inspections and testing.

Work Conditions

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Agree to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection where the company requires.
  • Willingness to practice safe work habits.
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.
  • Willing to work in confined and/or small spaces.
  • Standard work week – Monday through Friday
  • Work at heights of 18 feet or more

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 0700-1600

Benefits include:

  • Health Care – Premiums paid by the company (Health/Dental/Vision)
  • Paid vacation after probation period
  • Paid sick leave after probation period.
  • Paid Holidays (including Veterans Day)
  • Uniforms
  • Boot Program
  • Bonuses
  • Railroad Retirement

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Candor NC
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