hvac | Locomotive Mechanical Apprentice- Houston, TX in Temple, TX

Locomotive Mechanical Apprentice- Houston, TX

  • Watco Companies
  • $74,850.00 - 161,170.00 / Year *
  • 971 N Mockingbird Rd
  • Temple, TX 76501
  • Full-Time
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Location: Houston, Texas (US-TX)77015

General Summary:

Performs scheduled inspections, makes repairs, and performs preventive maintenance on both inbound and outbound locomotives in accordance with FRA and customer specifications and following company guidelines and checklists, using handtools, power tools and precision measuring and testing tools, by performing the following duties. This position would be working outdoors with welding/cutting touch, required to do some traveling, and would be working some overtime. Our team is looking for individuals who have a good knowledge oftools, have the ability to obtain a TWIC card, and has experience working with computers.This position does not offer Railroad Retirment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned, as requested or required.
  • Observes mechanical devices in operation and listens to their sounds to locate causes of trouble.
  • Dismantles devices to gain access to and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, handtools, and power tools.
  • Examines form and texture of parts to detect imperfections. Inspects used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements, using rules, calipers, micrometers, and other measuring instruments.
  • Adjusts functional parts of devices and control instruments, using handtools and levels.
  • Sets up and operates grinders and other metalworking tools to make and repair parts.
  • Records hour meter readings on locomotives coming in for inspection, preventive maintenance and repair.
  • Takes lube oil samples, cooling water samples.
  • Cleans oil separator screens and lube oil strainers and spark arrestor traps.
  • Cleans and services toilet.
  • Checks journal box oil levels and traction motor gear grease levels and replenishes as needed.
  • Checks operation of low water and crankcase protectors.
  • Checks for air-fuel, oil, lube oil, water, and exhaust leaks; checks under main generator for oil and cleans as needed.
  • Performs air brake tests and tests safety equipment.
  • Inspects cab weather-stripping and records condition; inspects cab equipment and lists missing items; inspects engine room and cab fire extinguishers; inspects engine base bolts, dowel pins, bearing cap bolts, gear case and gear bolts; inspects turbo screen for cracks and plugging.
  • Checks fuel tanks, brake shoes, riggings, trucks, steps, handrails, crossing chains, and crosswalks, hoses and clamps for defects, damage, leaks according to company specifications.
  • Inspects wheels according to wheel inspection report and signs off on report.
  • Drains condensation from fuel tank sump, opens all carbody, generator, and sump drains; drains box retention tanks.
  • Changes all impingement type air filters, lube oil filters, engine air filters, and air compressor filters and oil; changes all main reservoir and dirt collector elements, fuel oil filters and strainer elements.
  • Removes and inspects traction motor support bearing wicks. Checks for water, renews gaskets, adds support oil to full level.
  • Torques crab nuts, head nuts, basket bolts, exhaust stacks, and rocker arm nuts.
  • Times all injectors and valves, sets racks, verifies pointers.
  • Checks turbo, idler backlash, AR-10 Bearings.
  • Cleans, services, and stencil dates handbrakes.
  • Performs modifications as required.
  • Changes valves and main reservoir according to specifications.
  • Performs main bearing checks according to company specifications.
  • Repairs and installs mechanical units, such as fuel and water pumps, control valves, governors, distributors, windshield wiper motors using mechanics hand tools.
  • Operates overhead cranes, truck cranes, forklifts, welding equipment, and cutting tools as needed.
  • May assist electricians in performing electrical maintenance duties.
  • Performs other duties as requested or required.


  • * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.