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Railway Equipment Repairer - 88P

  • Active/Reserve:Army Reserve
  • Officer/Enlisted:Enlisted
  • Restrictions:None


Railway equipment repairers are primarily responsible for supervising or performing maintenance on diesel-electric locomotives and rolling stock. They play an integral role in the operation and maintenance of the Army's railway operating battalions.

Job Duties

  • Inspect locomotives for malfunctions
  • Repair cooling systems, fuel systems, exhausts, airbrake components, lube oil systems, electrical systems and diesel engine components on locomotives
  • Use technical blueprints and sketches
  • Examine and repair truck and wheel assemblies, safety appliances, car underframes and crossbearer, and interiors of cars
  • Requirements

  • Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
  • Training

    Job training for a railway equipment repairer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and five weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

    Helpful Skills

  • Interest in railway mechanics and the industrial arts
  • Aptitude for troubleshooting
  • Enjoy physical work

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 97
  • Compensation

  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

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