Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Loram Maintenance of Way

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Job Title: Ballast Field Service Mechanic, Field Services

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Department: Field Services - LTI

Reports to: Assistant Manager, Field Services FM


The Ballast Rail Field Service Mechanic position is responsible for maintaining the ballast dumping system of the cars to meet service level requirements based on contractual obligations. This position is nationwide field based, traveling 6 weeks on and 2
weeks home on a rotation, supporting aggregate/ballast equipment across the US with a specific rail client. Your duties would be to maintain and oversee the equipment integrity as the technician. Each maintenance mechanic is outfitted with reporting tools, company phone, travel program management and expense systems. All flights and lodging provided/paid. Put your hands-on experiences to work with a career on track. 


Leadership and Talent Development

  • Assist the training of new employees in company policies, machine operations, maintenance practices, safety procedures and unique customer requirements.

Safety and Operational Excellence

  • Primary responsibility is to perform preventative maintenance on the dump system. Dump system will include doors and all associated parts, hydraulic system including pumps and all electric control components, ballast car covers (tarp system)
  • This requires trains and or cars to be located on a track that is accessible with the work trucks. The track should be in a location that provides 25' centers to allow work on both sides of the cars, or have adjacent tracks secured.
  • Respond to emergency repairs in a timely fashion
  • Utilize tools and equipment to perform repairs as needed
  • Maintain an inventory of regularly used parts
  • Expedite the parts as needed to make 'non-typical' repairs
  • Technicians are assigned a set of remotes. They are accountable for the remote's operation and safe keeping


  • Provide verbal explanation of how the proper operation of ballast equipment is to be performed
  • Point out and explain potential safety items that may arise when dumping ballast


  • Safety Awareness
  • Personal Accountability
  • Resilience
  • Informing
  • Values Based Leadership
  • Takes Direction & Effectively Executes


Experience: 1+ years of Field service experience with customer facing role.

1+ years of demonstrating the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

1+ years of demonstrating technical skills such as mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and machine operations.

Licenses/Certifications: All Railroad specific certifications to operate on track, Loram Operating Rules Certification. All Loram required E-Learning, On the Job, and 3rd Party Safety Training.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A working knowledge of railroads, transportation, heavy construction, or combination.
  • A disciplined work ethic and advocate for management’s mission and vision.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible travel calendar.


Education: Technical Certification

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Welding Experience is preferred. CDL is preferred. Must be eligible to obtain CDL.
  • Knowledge of or ability to quickly become familiar with Railroad products and services, particularly pertaining to maintenance of track and structures.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 80% or more travel, including international, using any method of transportation.
  • Occasional lifting of 50 - 100lbs
  • Ability to apply high levels of cognitive, analytical, retention and reasoning.
  • Excellent communication skills used within any social context.
  • Can stand, sit, walk, reach, balance, stoop, kneel, hear, taste and smell.
  • Can see up close, distances, colors and has use of peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Can tolerate variable and sometimes extreme physical conditions during visits or inspections of company equipment in a railroad environment

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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.

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