Boone, Iowa

Loram Maintenance of Way

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Job Title: Senior Technician             

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Department: Field Operations         

Reports to: Product Spec, Measurement


Provide field support to Lease Operations, R&D, and Advance Technology Group. Serve to focus efforts toward coordination and fulfillment of successful field operations tests while maintaining customer needs and minimizing interference with daily operations. 


Developing Others

  • Provide training to field crews on experimental procedures, operating techniques, and repair/replacement of equipment.
  • Functional or Technical Skills
  • Coordinate field/testing application programs with Engineering, Field Operations, and Marketing.
  • Investigate economical design improvements to new and existing products.
  • Assess performance of new designs under actual field conditions.
  • Participate in the development of experimental procedures.
  • Repair computer equipment and generate documentation on repair processes.
  • Assist in final preparations and testing of new equipment prior to customer delivery and post-delivery.

Written Communication

  • Prepare reports on progress of projects and provide recommendations for change.
  • Develop concise statements of new design needs. 


  1. Adaptability
  2. Building Customer Loyalty
  3. Building Strategic Work Relationships
  4. Building Trust
  5. Coaching
  6. Values Based


Education: Associates Degree in Automation and/or Robotics 

Experience: 1+ Years Field experience. 2+ Years Rockwell Automation Software & related experience and/or training. 

Licenses/Certifications: Maintain Railroad Certifications 

*Or equivalent combination of education and experience


Education: Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering


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.

  • Office deskwork, requiring sitting, walking, using phone & computer
  • May lift up to 30 lbs. occasionally
  • 70% or more travel including international
  • Can tolerate variable and sometimes challenging conditions during visits or inspections of company equipment in a railroad environment.

Boone, Iowa

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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