Rail Construction and Maintenance Operatives
Dundee and Angus College
Dundee, Scotland, GB
2d ago

Core Tasks

  • Fastens together sections of rail by bolting fishplates to rails.
  • Positions lengths of rail, sets of points and crossovers and secures rail with bolts, wooden wedges or clips.
  • Spreads ballast and lays sleepers or metal plates at specified intervals.
  • Lubricates points, examines fences, drains, culverts and embankments and carries out any necessary maintenance.
  • Checks tightness of bolts and wedges, replaces damaged rail chairs and repacks ballast under sleepers if necessary.
  • Patrols length of track and visually inspects rails, bolts, fishplates and chairs for distortion or fracture.
  • Skills

  • Reading Comprehension : Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening : Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies : Selecting and using training / instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Critical Thinking : Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning : Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking : Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring : Monitoring / Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing : Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Knowledge

  • Mechanical : Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Building and Construction : Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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