Job Application - Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad

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Maintenance of Way - Trackman

Join the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad team and contribute to our excellent customer service by focusing on the safety of the railway track which is key to our company mission. The Railroad has been serving our freight customers with pride and distinction since 1965 and we are looking for someone with a positive attitude and a desire to work together as a team to continuously improve our customer experience.  Our main office is located in Olean, NY, the largest city in Cattaraugus County which serves as its financial, business, transportation and entertainment center. 


Position Overview:  This position is responsible for maintaining the track infrastructure, including construction, inspection and repair of track and other railroad property & facilities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

ü  Ensures compliance with all railroad and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) rules and regulations for safety

ü  Develops and maintains positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and effectively handle high-pressure situations

ü  Observes the condition of railroad tracks, track beds and track right-of-way for problems or defects

ü  Removes and installs railroad ties, rails, turnouts, track fastenings, and track switches, ensuring the safe and proper operation of all vehicles, material, and equipment

ü  Cleans and maintains track drains and ditches, grade crossings, fences, flange ways, and rights-of-way

ü  Lubricates track and track switches, removes and tightens bolts, assists in track surfacing, track construction, alignment, gauging, jacking, tamping and various other related duties as directed

ü  Assists in re-railing operations and operates various rail equipment and other service vehicles; uses hand, air, electric and hydraulic power tools and equipment

ü  Performs various physical duties in a maintenance environment, which includes, but is not limited to, working with dust, dirt, gravel, fumes, exhaust, various noise levels, chemicals, in confined spaces, and in various, sometimes extreme, outdoor weather conditions and temperatures

ü  Loads and unloads heavy materials, obtains necessary material and equipment, removes debris, and maintains a clean, safe worksite

ü  Assists with snow removal duties



ü  High school diploma or equivalent

ü  18 years of age or older

ü  Clean motor vehicle record (MVR) in the past ten (10) years with no DUI, DWI, or reckless driving convictions

ü  Pay close attention to detail, ensuring safety in work and rail operations

ü  Always be alert and aware of surrounding operating environment

ü  Ability to read and understand safety labels and operating instructions

ü  Follow directions with minimal supervision

ü  Work a flexible schedule, which can include working various days, hours, and shifts



ü  Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

ü  Experience welding

ü  Experience working in a construction-type setting

ü  Experience operating heavy equipment

ü  Experience working outdoors in variable weather conditions


Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

ü  Ability to perform physically strenuous work on a continuous basis in all weather conditions

o   Bend, stoop, reach, twist, climb and work at heights up to 20 feet

o   Access confined areas

o   Push/pull up to 50 pounds

o   Lift/carry up to 80 pounds, waist to shoulder lift and shoulder to overhead lift up to 50 pounds

o   Must have manual dexterity with eye-hand coordination

o   Ability to stand and sit for an extended length of time and walk long distances for long periods of time on uneven terrain to include railroad ballast and icy ground






The Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. The Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad does not discriminate in any employment decisions based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.