Profession rolling stock electrician

Rolling stock electricians install, maintain and repair electrical and electronic systems in rail vehicles such as air conditioning systems, lamps, heating systems, electrical wiring etc. They use diagnostic testing equipment to inspect vehicles and find faults. To do repair work, they use hand tools and specialised electrical instruments and machines.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Mechanics of trains

    Possess basic knowledge of the mechanics involved in trains, understand the technicalities and participate in discussions on related topics in order to solve problems related to the mechanics.

  • Electrical systems used in transportation

    Understand the functioning of electrical systems, their specifications, and application in operations and systems for the transportation of freight and people.

  • Electrical wiring plans

    Pictorial representation of an electrical circuit. It shows the components of the circuit as simplified shapes, and the power and signal connections between the devices. It gives information about the relative position and arrangement of devices and terminals on the devices, to help in building or servicing the device. A wiring diagram is often used to troubleshoot problems and to make sure that all the connections have been made and that everything is present.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

Skills

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Install electrical and electronic equipment

    Install equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work, or equipment to generate, transfer or measure such currents and fields. This equipment includes switchboards, electric motors, generators or direct current systems.

  • Install electronic communication devices on trains

    Install, adjust, and test electronic communication equipment, which includes sound, security, navigation, and surveillance systems.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Maintain electrical equipment

    Test electrical equipment for malfunctions. Take safety measures, company guidelines, and legislation concerning electrical equipment into account. Clean, repair and replace parts and connections as required.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate soldering equipment conduct performance tests ensure compliance with warranty contracts use diagnostic tools for electronic repairs create technical plans test electronic units follow control of substances hazardous to health procedures install transport equipment lighting detect malfunctions in train control systems electromechanics check train engines identify customer's needs use specialised tools in electric repairs position vehicles for maintenance and repair ensure maintenance of trains apply soldering techniques write records for repairs