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Progress Rail Services Corp. Welder - Locomotive in Marshalltown, Iowa


PRS Facility Location:

EMD Marshalltown, IA - 405

Job Purpose:

Responsible for the fabrication, assembly, repair, inspection, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting of locomotive components, parts, and structures to ensure conformance with FRA, company, and customer specifications. This is accomplished by performing the following duties or ability to be trained to perform the following duties.

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Company Description:

Railroads transport goods and people millions of miles every day. At Progress Rail, we believe in going the distance with them. We are looking for talented and innovative team players to address the challenges of the rail industry today, ensuring success for the future. Build a long-term career with opportunities for growth and advancement as part of a vibrant network of close to 200 global locations. Our innovative team members work together to forge the bridge between ideas and success!

As a Caterpillar company, Progress Rail is an integrated rolling stock and infrastructure provider, delivering a full range of products and services to domestic and international railroad customers. Our customers enjoy one-stop shopping and comprehensive railway solutions – whether it rolls on the rail or is the rail itself. From locomotives, transit, freight cars and engines, to tracks, signals and advanced technology, we ensure customers can count on us to meet their needs.

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Education / Training:

• High School Diploma or equivalent required;

• Welding certifications or previous experience, preferred.

Job Title:

Welder - Locomotive



Key Job Elements:

Minimum duties and responsibilities:

• Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Comply with the guidelines set forth by the FRA on Personal Blue Signal Protection of Workers;

• Following general safety rules, welds locomotive components / heavy plate and sheet metal such as underframe structures, end plates, draft gear pockets, etc.;

• Perform single and multi-pass welds in all positions vertical, flat, and overhead) on locomotive components, parts, and structures;

• Ability to, or ability to learn to work from drawings, weld procedure specifications and operating procedures;

• Properly utilize equipment and tools consistently, accurately, and safely:

o Welders, cutting torches, grinders, gouging equipment, forklifts, overhead cranes, other tools;

• Follow written/scope of work instructions and or QWI’s consistently, accurately, and safely;

• Analyze and able to correct faults related to inspection, troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, and installations of locomotive components;

• Participate in problem solving and continuous improvement activities;

• Maintain written and computer records as required;

• May roll, bend, flange, cut, and shape plates and other heavy parts using shop machinery;

• Keep work areas clean and organized and take proper care of all equipment and tools;

• Assist in other repairs and maintenance as assigned by supervision;

• Follow all safety policies and procedures, utilize all PPE;

• Specific site-based duties and responsibilities may apply, consult with local team.

Advanced duties and responsibilities:

• Ability to pipe weld;

• Ability to train others.

Qualifications and Experience:

• Certified Welder preferred;

• Knowledge of locomotive components;

• Mechanical aptitude;

• Strength – Position requires lifting up to 50 lbs. Requires stamina and strength to work in tight and confined spaces;

• Motion – Position requires the ability to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as climbing, reaching, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and kneeling. Position requires remaining in a stationary position for prolonged periods. Position requires working from heights exceeding 6 ft. off the ground with proper PPE and fall protection;

• Vision/Hearing Requirements – Position is exposed to UV and reflected radiation from a welding arc or torch. Position is exposed to high levels of noise and vibration from using tools. The use of proper PPE is required. The position requires the ability to read written instruction and understand both verbal and written instructions;

• Work Environment – Position can be located inside or outside dependent on situation. When inside the employees are subject to temperature extremes in non-temperature-controlled environments. When outside employees are subject to all weather elements;

• Emotional Demands – Employee is expected to work and cooperate as part of a team in order to meet production requirements;

• Safety – Position is safety sensitive as it requires working in and around live tracks and operation and repair of heavy equipment. Position requires strict adherence to safety policies (i.e. blue flag) and use of all required PPE.


Equal Opportunity Employer – Race/Color/Sex/Religion/National Origin/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Vets/Disabilities


  • Competitive Salary

  • 401(k) plan with up to 6% company match (no waiting period with immediate vesting)

  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/Disability Insurance

  • Supplemental Accident, Critical Care, and Hospital Insurance available along with an HDHP and HSA with seed money

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Paid Vacation

  • Paid Holidays

  • Paid Time-Off (PTO)

  • Employee Assistance Plan

  • Education Assistance Program

  • Employee Recognition Programs

  • Site specific Production and Incentive Plans

  • Site specific Step and Skill Level Wage Adjustment Plans

  • Site Specific Relocation and Sign-on Bonus Programs

*Benefits eligibility varies by job position, full-time/part-time and regular/temporary status. The provisions of the plan documents control such benefits.

Job Category:

Production - Hourly