In the Los Angeles region, rail transportation supports the largest container port complex in the U.S., 9th largest in the world, and the
3rd largest transit agency in the U.S. where nearly 1/5th of transit trips in the region are by commuter, light, or heavy rail. A career in rail transportation, as a rail mechanic, provides an opportunity to work within large rail companies and transportation agencies providing competitive wages, health and retirement benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

Rail Vehicle Technician Training

Sample Employee Eligibility Requirements for Rail Vehicle Technicians:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Clean driving record (no DUI, suspensions, revoked license in past 3 years)
  • Medical requirements – must pass a color vision exam and medical assessment
  • Physical ability –  includes carrying, climbing, lifting, pull/push, half-mile walk, etc.)
  • No felony convictions


Pursue a career as a rail vehicle technician…or diesel mechanic, automotive technician, automotive electrician, transmission specialist, brake repairer, engine repairer, tune-up mechanic. Work in transit agencies, rail companies…or dealerships or repair shops…or start your own business.  Your training and education will prepare you with the skills for these careers and employment options and more!

Visit to:

  • Research employment prospects
  • View up-to-date local employment statistics, job postings and wage estimates
  • Build and update your résumé to highlight your key skills and job experience


Wage/Salary Information

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Funded by Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Grant