Summer Helper, General Laborer - US Remote - West Virginia - Military Veterans

at Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.
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Parkersburg, WV

Loram Maintenance of Way

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Summer Helpers assist in the maintenance and operation of highly specialized railway maintenance equipment that is contracted to major railroads throughout North America. Duties include, but not limited to; checking gauges and readings, oil and fluid changes, cleaning the machine, and basic to advanced mechanical repairs.

This position will pay $15.00 per hour. As a temporary summer helper, you can expect to earn between $800 - $1,000 per week or about $10,000 - $12,000 (gross pay) working the entire summer. Time and a half is paid after 40 hours per week. Typical work hours are 12-14 hours per day and 70-75 hours per week. Hours may be longer or shorter depending on operational needs.

There is NO per diem for this position. Employees are responsible for all personal expenses including, but not limited to, food, phone, laundry. Loram DOES pay for your hotel/motel rooms and all work-related travel to and from the job site (flights, buses, etc.). 

Loram provides all work-related transportation including transportation to and from your assignment. Loram provides paid hotel/motel accommodations while you are on assignment.


  • Currently enrolled as a student at a University or Vocational school.
  • Ability to travel North America 100% of the time. The job will not be based near your place of residence and relocation is not required or expected.
  • Mechanical ability and aptitude.
  • Comfortable around heavy moving equipment/large machinery.
  • Pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol drug test (paid by Loram).
  • Pass e-RAILSAFE pre-employment background check (no felony convictions or probation or jail-time associated with a felony in the past 7 years, no outstanding warrants,andcannot have a serious criminal history).
  • Pass a motor vehicle check and be able to meet Loram's Driving Policy (no major driving offenses within the last 2 years).
    Pass a pre-placement physical (paid by Loram).
  • Successfully complete Loram's 5 day paid new hire training, including a written safety exam at Loram headquarters in MN (travel paid to training and to assigned machine after completion).

Candidates are preferred to possess the following: Welding, hydraulic, diesel mechanic, and/or electrical skills/education/training in addition to all the requirements listed above.

Parkersburg, WV

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The railway track maintenance industry is a big-dollar business dominated by just a handful of highly specialized firms. In North America, where railroads spend well over $6 billion a year maintaining their track, one of the largest companies of the industry is Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. Founded in 1954, Loram Maintenance of Way started out as a small operation having just a handful of employees and a product line consisting of two simple machines. In the many years since that unpretentious beginning, the company has become one of the leading suppliers of track maintenance machinery and services in North America.

To all the major railroads in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Loram name is synonymous with technologically sophisticated, high-production machinery. The company's reputation for producing state-of-the-art equipment is surpassed only by its reputation for providing the highest quality service. Loram's specialties as a manufacturer of machinery and a contractor for services are reflected by its two main operating departments. The Ballast and Grade Service Department operates the company's large and diversified fleet of machinery for such tasks as resurfacing track, cleaning ballast and ditches along the right of way. The Grinding Service Department is responsible for operating Loram's large fleet of rail grinding machines.

 Loram machines are both sold and leased to railroads, but the company's reputation rests on its performance as a contractor offering a wide range of track maintenance services to major railroads. This reputation goes back to 1954, when Mannix International, the company that eventually became Loram Maintenance of Way, entered the field of railway track maintenance as a contractor supplying machinery for ballast work. In the beginning, Mannix International's business was built around two undertrack machines, the Mannix Sled and the Mannix Plow, which greatly simplified the task of raising and reballasting track.

These first two machines were the starting point for a product line that now includes a wide array of equipment for track maintenance work. During the 1950's and 1960's, Mannix International improved its undertrack equipment and began manufacturing other types of machines. By 1974, when the company was renamed Loram Maintenance of Way, the product line had been expanded to include shoulder ballast cleaners, ditch cleaners, tie handling machines, and rail grinders. In the early 1980's Loram emerged as the North American leader in the technology for both shoulder ballast cleaning and rail grinding. Today, Loram Maintenance of Way is recognized as one of the premier firms in the North American railway track maintenance industry.