Profession rolling stock inspector

Rolling stock inspectors inspect wagons and carriages to asses their technical condition while grouped together and before they are used for transportation activities. They check technical devices, ensure complete and correct operation of the rolling stock, and prepare required technical documents and/or checklists. Depending on work organisation they are also responsible for limited ad-hoc maintenance or exchange work and the performance of brake tests.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Rail disruption management

    Thoroughly understand the conditions, causes, and effects of rail disruption or derailment, and of degraded mode operations including tasks and tools.

  • Hydraulics

    The power transmission systems that use the force of flowing liquids to transmit power.

  • Characteristics of wheel rail interface

    Thoroughly understand the forces of physics involved in the interaction between the wheels and the rail, possible rail defects, maintenance practices, and cost implications.

  • 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.

  • Rail infrastructure

    Thoroughly understand the characteristics of railway infrastructure: rail technologies, track gauges, rail signalling, rail junctions, etc.

  • Electrical engineering

    Understand electrical engineering, a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

  • Health and safety measures in transportation

    The body of rules, procedures and regulations related to health and safety measures intended to prevent accidents or incidents in transportation.


  • Perform rail track inspections

    Plan and implement regular inspections and investigations of the rail track system in order to provide optimal coverage of the railway network in a given area. Inspect aspects such as track alignment, features of the terrain, and existence of ditches, embankments, and loose rock debris on the network.

  • Operate hydraulic jack lift

    Operate hydraulic jack lift or truck to move goods before or after bundling.

  • Ensure safety of mobile electrical systems

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution independently. Measure and power up an installation.

  • Ensure finished product meet requirements

    Ensure that finished products meet or exceed company specifications.

  • Operate rail-flaw-detection machine

    Operate electric, diesel or steam locomotives to detect and identify rail flaws.

  • Operate railway vehicles

    Drive railroad vehicles or other railway equipment in a competent and safe manner.

  • 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.

  • Keep up-to-date on manufacturer's policies

    Stay up-to-date on manufacturer warranty and policy procedures; communicate with factory representatives.

  • Carry out railway accident investigations

    Carry out investigations of railway accidents. Take into consideration the specific circumstances of the accident, and the actual or potential consequences. Investigate whether the accident is part of a series, and examine the potential for recurrence. Strive to improve safety.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • Detect flaws in rails

    Detect internal flaws in rails in order to prevent derailments.

  • Test the rail-flaw-detection machine

    Perform tests of the rail-flaw-detection machine using circuit testers.

  • Write rail defect records

    Compose documents and reports on the nature of rail defects investigated, position of defect in rail, location, etc.

  • Ensure maintenance of railway machinery

    Keep rolling stock in functional condition and maintain railway machinery.

  • Enforce railway safety regulations

    Promote and enforce safety procedures and EU regulations to ensure that railway safety is generally maintained and continuously improved, taking into consideration the development of European legislation.

Optional knowledge and skills

have computer literacy perform maintenance work on rail tracks work in a rail transport team