There are two tracks within the rail technician program: electrical and mechanical. Depending on which track you choose, you could expect any number of important responsibilities. As an electrical rail technician, your daily tasks will include monitoring and analyzing electrical systems, collaborating with architects and engineers to determine the best placement of electrical wiring and to test devices for improvement, safety, and quality control. You will also be expected to update older electrical systems for changes, cost reductions, improvements, safety, and quality control all while repairing broken equipment and wiring. Most of all, you’ll be expected to understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits as well as the associated risks.
As a mechanical rail technician, you’ll work directly with builders to review architectural plans and make recommendations. You’ll also perform and analyze tests to track results and make improvements. You’ll be required to participate in test runs and meet all safety regulations and to modify systems to be environmentally friendly. Like an electrical rail technician, mechanical will also be responsible for performing calibrations for wire placement and electronic components, performing electrical qualification tests, and ensuring compliance with all outside parties involved. Moreover, you’ll also be expected to understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits as well as the associated risks.
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