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The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. Welder Technician, Assoc in Red Oak, Iowa

At Greenbrier, we do the hard work that matters. The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE:GBX) is powering the movement of products around the world as a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of freight rail transportation equipment and services.

Greenbrier’s heritage of hard work and industrial innovation is celebrated at every level of our organization. We structure our business to support teams that deliver innovative solutions for our customers while positively impacting the world around us.

Greenbrier’s success begins with people. We believe in supporting our global workforce through our unwavering attention to Safety, Quality, Respect for People and Customer Satisfaction. Our IDEAL commitment is rooted in these values, which promotes Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Leadership, creating a culture where employees are fulfilled and feel good about coming to work every day. A diverse, qualified, and engaged talent base is the key to our success.


The Welder Technician, Associate is responsible for all aspects of refurbishing and repairing rail car components. This position ensures that all work is done in compliance with The Association of American Railroads, customer quality control requirements, and all company guidelines and safety rules are followed when performing duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform the following essential duties satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Complies with The Association of American Railroads regulations, quality assurance standards, and Greenbrier Rail Services Environmental Health and Safety policies

  • Performs assigned tasks under the direction of Supervisor and department leader and notifies Supervisor or department leader of materials and/or equipment needed to complete job tasks

  • Performs required refurbishing and/or repairs to rail car components using welders, grinders, cutting torches, and air arching

  • Performs minor repairs to tools and equipment to maintain them in good working order

  • Interacts with Supervisor and team members in a team environment and assists in the training and coaching of new employees when required

  • Maintains and establishes basic knowledge and fundamentals of The Association of American Railroads repair procedures

  • Performs set up and operation of metal working tools such as welder, grinder, cutting torches, and other tools related to the work process

  • Complies with special processes assigned, based on work orders


The following generally describes requirements to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks while ensuring attention to detail

  • Ability to use measuring equipment such as a ruler and other precision measuring equipment.

  • Ability to work and communicate within a team setting

  • Ability to use machines and tools that are used for welding, cutting, gouging, inspecting, and testing

  • Experience with the following welding processes: burning, air arc, and grinding

  • Valid Driver’s License is required for positions in Modesto, CA

Preferred Qualifications

  • One + years work experience in a manufacturing environment

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The physical environment requires the employee to work in hot and cold environments, in and out of the weather, work safely around heavy equipment and on top of and under railcars, as well as around railroad tracks. Employees are required to use personal protective equipment such as steel toe boots, hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, welding and grinding shields, etc. or as environmental conditions dictate

Physical Activities and Requirements

Frequency Key

Not Applicable: Activity is not applicable to this occupation

Occasionally: Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0- 2.5+ hours/day)

Frequently: Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5: 5.5+ hours/day)

Constantly: Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hours/day)

Working Postures

  • Sit: Occasionally

  • Stand: Frequently

  • Walk: Constantly

  • Bend: Frequently

  • Kneel/Squat: Frequently

  • Crawl: Frequently

  • Climb: Frequently

  • Reach Forward: Frequently

  • Reach Upward: Frequently

  • Handling/Fingering: Frequently

Lift / Carry Requirements

  • 5-10 lbs: Frequently

  • 10-25 lbs: Frequently

  • 25-50 lbs: Frequently

  • 50-75 lbs: Not Applicable

  • 75+ lbs: Not Applicable

Push / Pull Requirements

  • Up to 10 lbs: Frequently

  • 10-25 lbs: Frequently

  • 25-50 lbs: Frequently

  • 50-75 lbs: Not Applicable

  • 75+ lbs: Not Applicable

EOE including Vet/Disability

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Greenbrier makes reasonable accommodations in the application and hiring process for individuals with known disabilities, unless providing accommodation would result in an undue hardship. Any applicant believing that he or she may need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact Greenbrier Human Resources at or call us at 503-684-7000.

Email communication from The Greenbrier Companies (Greenbrier) will always come from a corporate email address that ends in or from our applicant tracking system, iCIMS, after you have created a secure account and submitted your application. During the application process, you will create a secure account in our secure applicant tracking site that ends with “”. In this portal, we will ask you to provide your contact information, past employment history, education history and other job-related information.

Job Locations US-IA-Red Oak

ID 2024-3059

Company Gunderson Rail Services, LLC

Position Type Regular Full-Time

Category Production

Workplace Type Onsite