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Railway Carmen/women

Other titles : • Railcar mechanic apprentice • Inspector, cars – railway • Subway car mechanic


Description :

Railway carmen/women inspect, troubleshoot, maintain and repair structural and mechanical components of railway freight, passenger and urban transit rail cars. They are employed by railway transport companies and urban transit systems.

Main duties :


  • inspect interior and exterior components of freight, passenger and urban transit rail cars to determine defects and extent of wear and damage
  • repair and install railway car parts such as compressors, air valves, bearings, couplings, air cylinders and piping
  • repair and maintain electrical and electronic controls for propulsion and braking systems
  • repair defective or damaged metal and wood components, using hand and power tool
  • repair and repaint wooden fixtures
  • replace damaged windows and repair upholstery
  • test and adjust parts using testing gauges and other test equipment
  • perform and document routine maintenance.
  • Nord-du-Québec
  • Côte-Nord





Program length: 2 years

Program Objectives

To develop in the students the competencies required to integrate harmoniously into the school and work environments, to interpret drawings, specifications and other technical documentation, to diagnose malfunctions in equipment, to apply the techniques needed to practise the trade and to maintain, repair and install industrial equipment.

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(Training program available in French only)

Program length: less than 6 months

Program Objectives

Acquérir les connaissances et les compétences nécessaires pour installer, réparer, entretenir et mettre en service des commandes par hydraulique proportionnelle et automates programmables, avec une expertise très avancée en ce qui a trait aux commandes des systèmes mécaniques, hydrauliques, électrohydrauliques, à hydraulique proportionnelle, des systèmes pneumatiques et électropneumatiques, effectuer du dépannage, poser des diagnostics, réparer, installer ces machines, travailler sur les commandes de systèmes (pompes, presses, ventilateurs, variateurs et réducteurs de vitesse, convoyeurs, compacteurs, équipement de manutention, compresseurs, moteurs électriques, etc.), porter un intérêt aux nouvelles technologies et s’intéresser au travail scientifique.

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Program length: less than 6 months

Program Objectives

To acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compile information on the operating parameters of a piece of equipment, diagnose problems in order to prevent or detect any breakdowns, devise, apply and change maintenance programs, maintain mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and electronic systems using maintenance manuals (print or electronic media) describing the routine work to be done or the readings and measurements to be taken, use maintenance software as well as reading instruments and analyzers in order to acquire a comprehensive and systematic understanding of how industrial machines work and to be able to read very complex plans and specifications.

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Admission requirements for an AVS

To enroll in an AVS program, a DVS or equivalent experience in a related field is required. The AVS is issued upon the successful completion of a program that upgrades skills or provides specialization in a particular trade or occupation.

More information


Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre dans l'industrie ferroviaire au Québec

2, Place du Commerce, Bureau 218

Île des Soeurs, QC


Phone: 514-287-0811

Fax: 514-766-4269


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