Travel Welder & Track Laborer (Kansas City, KS)


Company Summary:

A&K Railroad Materials is a leading supplier of new and used railroad track materials. A&K has sales offices and a network of storage and distribution facilities strategically located throughout the United States. Together, these offices and inventory locations maintain an extensive and comprehensive inventory of new, relay, and reconditioned rail and track materials across the nation. Our mission is to help our customers perform better by providing them exceptional service and support while delivering them the quality railroad materials and services they need when they need them.

Overall Career Summary

The Travel Welder/ General Laborer position(s) assist with the daily operational within the manufacturing of railroad materials. This position works with multiple work groups within a shop and outside in a yard setting to complete various tasks such as lifting materials, preparing materials, operating forklifts, basic inventory functions, moving materials from different station points to become a finished product, using manual tools and other equipment. This position multitasks, collaborates with others, communicates with other work groups, and assists in projects as needed throughout the shop and yard setting. This position travels 30-40% of the time. This position travels to customer sites to install and weld railroad track.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with teams to complete various tasks within the creation of railroad materials
  • Move materials or prepare materials for delivery within shop or yard setting
  • Unloads materials that are delivered such as lumber or bags of cement, and distributes them to appropriate location as identified by supervisor, project plans, or specifications.
  • Utilize manual tools and equipment as needed
  • Maintain inventory of materials to each workstation within the shop, which may include raw materials, removal of debris, pieces of rail, heavy materials, loaded or unloaded bags, sand, and other assorted materials needed within or around the shop
  • Assist in various maintenance or other general tasks within shop and yard as needed or required by the foreman
  • Travel frequently to customer sites, otherwise at Kansas City Yard & Shop location preparing the CWR rail train and rail for customers
  • Use machines and have welding knowledge to install rail on site with customers

Qualifications & Skills:

• Ability to listen to, understand, and follow directions

• Ability to remain flexible as specific assignments change

• Ability to Weld

• Ability to perform basic arithmetic as needed to count and take inventory

• Experience using a tape measure

• Experience communicating with others within a team setting

• Experience in labor within a heavy industry

• GED / High School Diploma

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience using hand tools, power tools, grinders, etc.

• Experience with forklifts or backhoes

• Licenses in Driving/ Operation trucks (light or heavy) or OSHA knowledge / certifications

• Previous welding experience with rail or other heavy industry

Physical Requirements:

• Must have physical strength, balance, hand-eye coordination, and stamina necessary to complete jobs in various areas.

• Must be able to lift and carry up to 80 pounds and push and/or pull 50-pound loads at a time.

• Must be able to work in all weather conditions.

• Must be able to stand and walk up to eight hours per day and climb multiple sets of stairs while carrying materials weighing between 40 and 60 pounds.

• Must be able to work any shift, when needed.




Kansas City, Kansas


A&K Railroad Materials, Inc. offers an opportunity to build a solid career with competitive pay and attractive benefits package: medical, dental, vision, 401K retirement plan.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

A&K is an equal opportunity employer.

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