Norfolk Southern DB Freight Car Repairer Chicago, IL in Chicago, Illinois

Company: Norfolk Southern is one of the nation's premier transportation companies specializing in freight railroading. We operate approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serve every major container port in the eastern United States, and provide efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern has the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products. We are a team of more than 28,000 employees working together to maintain our reputation as "The Thoroughbred of Transportation". As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Equal opportunity employer including veterans and disabled. Work Conditions: Job Description: Freight Car Repairers are responsible for inspection, periodic maintenance, and repair of railway freight cars. Outside work may be required. Physical duties will require lifting a maximum of 50 lbs., working at different heights, stooping, bending, and getting on and off equipment. Applicant should have knowledge of burning, welding, and the operation of heavy fabrication equipment. Experience preferred.

Freight Car Repairers are subject to working various shifts with the possibility of rest days being scheduled on non-weekend days. They may be subject to working overtime that would be paid at the overtime rate.


Norfolk Southern provides a 6-12 week long comprehensive training program at our facility in McDonough, Georgia, 35 miles south of Atlanta on I-75. McDonough Training Center combines classroom and field instruction. Norfolk Southern will reimburse travel to and from McDonough. While in McDonough, Norfolk Southern will provide hotel lodging and meal expenses. The majority of training for Student Carmen will be done at their home point where they will be paid the applicable rate as listed below.

Pay Rates

During the first 40 days of training, Student Carmen will earn 50% of the full rate of pay. Applicants who do not qualify as Journeymen are subject to a 2-year rate progression, after which they will earn full rates as upgraded Student Carmen. The full union scale for Carmen is $29.16. The rate progression for Student Carmen is as outlined:

1st 40 days of training: 50% of full rate $14.58/hour

Next 204 days of training: 75% of full rate $21.87/hour

Next 244 days of training: 80% of full rate $23.33/hour

After 488 days of training: Full Rate $29.16/hour

In order to progress to the next rate level, employees must complete 244 creditable days of training in their current step rate. Upon completion of 732 creditable days of training, Student Carmen will be considered Journeymen Carmen. Carmen are responsible for monthly payment of union dues from the first day of employment.

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. We test hair for illegal drugs as part of our pre-employment medical evaluation. Hair testing can reveal any drug use in the last 90 days. If you are unable to provide a hair sample from the head, arms, chest, or legs we will treat that failure as a refusal which will result in rejection of the application for employment.

Note: Information herein is intended as a guide and in all cases the applicable collective bargaining agreement shall govern.