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Herzog companies was founded in 1969 by William E. Herzog as a heavy/highway construction contractor in the Midwest. Herzog now specializes in Railroad Construction, Transit Operation and Maintenance Services, Civil Construction and Railroad Services nationwide. Our team consists of people who are innovators at heart, continuously exploring new ways to improve our products, services, and, ultimately, the industry. By always challenging ourselves - and each other - to push for more, we keep Herzog at the forefront of the rail industry.
 
Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. is currently taking applications for Ballast Technicians across Eastern, Central, and Western United States.  This unique career opportunity is ideally suited for “Road Warriors” interested in nationwide travel.  Herzog Ballast Technicians use state of the art technology to provide ballast maintenance to the Class 1 Railroads all across the United States. This career opportunity offers paid training, competitive salary, industry leading per diem, a fully equipped, late model pickup truck and fuel card. At Herzog we go the extra mile to meet our customer’s needs.  If you are mechanically inclined, like working with technology, highly detailed and enjoy getting paid to travel this may be the career for you.  If interested in a career with Herzog see below for more information and to apply.
 
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Duties include, but are not limited to;
  • Survey track with specially designed software.
  • Unload ballast from trains using patented automated software.
  • Maintain rail cars and do routine inspections.
  • Repair rail cars and system components using basic hand tools.
  • Troubleshoot electrical, hydraulic and GPS components.
  • Compile reports and data and routinely upload to home office.
  • Coordinate work schedule with Railroad, Field Supervisor and home office.
  • Other duties as assigned

 
Travel Requirements:

  • Extensive travel is required (26 days out is standard with paid 9 days off in between)

 
Qualifications:

  • While paid training is provided some basic experience and interest in mechanical maintenance and computer systems is required.  However, our patented system is unique in the industry and we will train the right candidate who is interested in travel and motivated to learn and grow.  Here are the basic requirements of this position:
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age. 
  • Basic mechanical ability required.
  • Must provide basic hand tools.
  • Experience with computers, hydraulics, and electrical systems are a plus.
  • Railroad experience is a plus but not required.
  • Extensive travel is required (26 days out is standard with paid 9 days off in between)
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Must provide steel toe boots (safety vest, glasses and hardhat provided)
  • Must be able to cover travel expenses (if required) until 1st paycheck is processed (approximately 7-10 after start date)
  • Valid driver’s license

 
Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Pass and maintain e-RAILSAFE pre-employment background check and safety certification. 
  • Subject to motor vehicle report review.
  • Maintain valid driver’s license and endorsements as required per position.
  • Pass pre-employment DOT physical, medical evaluation, and drug screen due to the safety sensitive nature of this position
    • This position requires you to pass and maintain a DOT medical evaluation to drive a Herzog commercial vehicle. 
  • Successfully complete and maintain any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.

 
Physical Requirements:

  • The physical demands described below must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions of this role. This position will be physically demanding at times.
  • Work in extreme all-weather conditions; uneven surfaces; safety sensitive work environment
  • Able to walk on uneven surfaces over sometimes great distances; frequently climb on/off equipment; climb ladders frequently
  • Use hands to perform activities involving grasping, turning, holding and pulling
  • Able to visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow; hear and distinguish auditory signals
  • Able to work in conditions with loud noise; work on/around heavy/moving machinery; bend, walk, stand and sit for extended time; and use hand tools
  • Exert 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly.

 
Safety:

  • Herzog is nationally recognized for its excellent corporate safety record which results from all employees at all levels, in all positions adhering to established policies and procedures. Reporting any and all safety violations to your immediate supervisor is a prerequisite for continued employment. Safety diligence by all results in a safe work environment for all.

 
Benefits:

  • Herzog offers a robust benefits package including medical and dental coverage. The plans are specific to projects and locations.

 

 If you are interested in applying for this position click the Apply button below.

 

It is the policy of Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, age, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.