Railcar Mechanic in Clewiston, FL at U.S. Sugar

Date Posted: 5/15/2023

Job Snapshot

Job Description

  • Position Summary:  This is a shift position with periodic overtime and on-call requirements for derailments or other emergencies, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Working independently or on a team to safely and efficiently perform inspections of trains including but not limited to structural, wheel, axle & truck defects, mechanical equipment failures, inoperable or out of adjustment brakes, hoses & couplers. Observe all components to detect excessive wear, misalignments, dragging equipment or other problems that may lead to accidents or delays per company guidelines as well as FRA / AAR requirements.

    Essential Duties

    • Abide by all Company policies outlined in the Employee Handbook.
    • Successfully participate in and complete all training sessions, safety classes, pre-shift meetings, or certifications related to the position.
    • Demonstrate the physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job. Applicant must be in good health and physically able to perform all phases of the work.
    • Using a computerized work order system, plan, schedule, and conduct regular preventative maintenance inspections of all equipment and work areas to identify hazards, clean equipment, and repair and maintain operational condition of facilities and equipment.
    • Operate forklift, man-lift, shuttle-wagon, locomotives, and other heavy equipment as needed, using both feet and hands to manipulate applicable foot and hand controls simultaneously.
    • Inspect, maintain, lubricate, repair, breakdown, and clean railcars to USSC / FRA /AAR standards using precision measurements, checklists and procedures, providing concise written reports and allowing no cars to operate outside industry standards and/or requirements.
    • Maintain, replace and/or install airbrakes, couplings, bearings, locks and other equipment; Document maintenance using CMMS and BRC’s.
    • Use a cutting torch, grinder, and stick welding equipment to remove, attach, heat and strengthen parts.
    • Demonstrate the ability to read, interpret, and work from blueprints and other working drawings.

Job Requirements


  • Must be TOST/Ramsay Test qualified.
  • Must be able to successfully complete a job sample and demonstrate ability to use a cutting torch, grinder, and stick welding equipment prior to job award.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience as a railcar, locomotive, or other applicable railroad mechanical training.
  • Applicant must be able to read, write and speak the English language in order to comprehend instructions on the job, over the radio, and in the classroom, and to ensure personal and co-worker safety on the work site.
  • New hires must pre-employment screening, and successfully complete any required training or orientation course.
  • Have and maintain a valid driver’s license Class E or above.
  • Must possess a forklift certification, or obtain within 30 days of hire.
  • Furnish and utilize the necessary tools and equipment required to accurately and efficiently perform required job functions including a complete set of hand tools.
  • No active disciplinary action and a good work history.
  • Ability to follow proper safety and housekeeping procedures pertaining to the work environment.
  • Ability to follow instructions and communicate information pertaining to the job.
  • Physically able to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

The work environment characteristics and physical requirements described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Working Conditions:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee works and drives in outside weather conditions on a regular basis.
  • Working conditions may be rainy, hot, humid, dusty, foggy etc. depending on the weather and may be at night time.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. 
  • Duties of this job are also performed in an office and shop environment.
  • Exposed to heights of up to 40 feet and rapidly changing temperatures, including extreme heat and other weather conditions.


Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, kneel or crawl.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to handle and/or move various objects, tools and/or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, talk, hear, and see.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Visibility must extend to 62’ and beyond.
  • Ability to move or handle various items generally weighing between 0-75 pounds. Ability to lift and carry up to 75 pounds.
  • Prolonged kneeling, standing, and looking up. Incumbent is required to regularly climb stairs and ladders, and will perform overhead work while standing, kneeling, or lying flat, and will constantly crawl, bend at the waist and reach overhead, occasionally lift, pull or carry up to 75 lbs., and walk on uneven ground containing trip hazards.