Mark IV Tamper Operator

Date: Jul 9, 2024

Location: Boston, MA, US Worcester, MA, US Farmingdale, NY, US Pittsburgh, PA, US New York City, NY, US Albany, NY, US Secaucus, NJ, US Waltham, MA, US Westfield, MA, US Trenton, NJ, US Sewell, NJ, US Portland, ME, US

Company: RailWorks

Job ID: 18087 

Position Summary 

The Tamper Operator operates the Mark IV Tamper in a safe manner to perform maintenance and construction activities in the repair and rebuilding of track structure. This position requires extensive travel (up to 100%).


Pay Range: $35-40 / hour


Primary/Essential Responsibilities and Duties 

  • Operates tamping machines to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications
  • Replaces materials such as rail, ties, switch components, crossing planks, and other track materials
  • Inspects and maintains trucks and attached apparatuses such as boom, hi-rail gear, tools, etc.
  • Operates equipment in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with regulations, policies and procedures
  • Performs equipment safety and maintenance checks, making emergency adjustments as necessary
  • Takes actions to avoid potential hazards and obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, and falling objects
  • Studies instructions, plans, and diagrams to establish work requirements.
  • Drives machines onto truck trailers, and drive trucks to transport machines and material to and from job sites.
  • Keeps records of material and equipment usage and problems encountered.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned



Required Skills and Qualifications  

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience operating the Mark IV Tamper
  • Experience using hand tools, power tools and hydraulic equipment
  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to safety requirements and procedures
  • Ability to read and understand construction specifications
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • English language (written and spoken) required
  • The ability to operate a 6700 Production/Switch Tamper




Physical Requirements and Working Conditions 

  • Exposure to outdoor construction sites in all weather conditions.
  • Work is in and around live track (trains).
  • Work may be in urban, rural, or isolated areas.
  • May be exposed to loud noise.
  • This position requires extensive travel (up to 100%).


This job description is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position.  There may be unplanned activities and other duties as assigned.  



RailWorks is North America’s leading track and transit system experts for over 100 years and with 45 offices across the U.S. and Canada.  We take on challenging projects every day and our success rely on a collaborative and open-minded work environment that encourages teamwork, positivity, and ingenuity.  We are committed to creating a culture of trust, respect, and acceptance.  RailWorks also offers opportunities to grow your career, develop your skills and pursue success. 





RailWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment with RailWorks without regard to an individual’s sex, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics.

Nearest Major Market: Boston