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Track Maintainer

Track Maintainer careers are for those who enjoy working outside and have good hand-eye coordination. Your job will centre on inspecting tracks for defects, and replacing or repairing such things as worn or broken rails, switch ties, spikes and rail anchors.


  • Work as a crew member to perform maintenance, repair and replacement tasks using common and specialized hand tools
  • Maintain tools and equipment so they are always in top working order
  • Unload, sort and distribute maintenance materials
  • Make safety your top priority, ensuring a safe work area at all times

Typical Working Conditions, Hours & Salary:

  • Railways operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a Track Maintainer, you will not work a typical nine-to-five shift. You will work irregular hours and must be available to work weekends and holidays when needed.
  • This job requires excellent physical health and conditioning as you will frequently lift weights up to 25 kilograms, and occasionally lift up to 45 kilograms.
  • You will work outdoors and in all kinds of weather conditions, with regular exposure to dust, pollen, noise and vibrations.
  • You will sometimes work away from home.
  • The average yearly salary for a Track Maintainer is $55,000 to $65,000.

Training Requirements & Qualifications:

As an entry-level position, new Track Maintainer hires receive on-the-job training on how to identify track maintenance issues, operate maintenance tools, and protect rail lines while they’re working on them.