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Blast Operator – 1st Shift



Since its founding in 1898, GATX has grown to become a leader in the leasing and maintenance of railcars in North America, Europe, and India. By becoming a part of our team, you’ll forge a fulfilling career with a stable and safety-focused company. Our dedication to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion fuels a vibrant workplace, as we believe that our people are the cornerstone of our success. At GATX, nurturing talent is our priority, so we provide paid training programs and opportunities for long-term career growth, and we recognize the achievements of hardworking employees. In the same way we strive to empower our customers to propel the world forward, we are dedicated to helping our people achieve their highest potential.


These positions will be for our 1st shift (6:00am - 2:30pm, Monday-Friday)


Position Purpose:

The primary function of the Blast Operator is to operate blasting equipment to remove scale, paint and other foreign substances from inside and/or outside of cars and other materials.


  • Operates stationary blasting equipment to remove scale and other foreign substances from inside and/or outside of cars and other materials.
  • Removes foreign matter from grit.
  • Dismantles parts of machines to remove foreign matter when stopped up.
  • Makes valve adjustments and minor repairs to blasting equipment and checks proper gauge to ensure equipment is in good working order.
  • Cleans cars as required before and after blasting.
  • Communicate with supervisor as needed.
  • Keeps work area in a clean and orderly manner.
  • Comply with the established safety policies, support-continuing awareness for safety, and when possible recommend specific changes and improvements to health and safety policies and programs.
  • Knowledge of railcar repairs.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Basic computer knowledge and strong communication skills – experience.
  • Able to follow verbal and written instructions



  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as IO instructions, FM instructions, and work orders
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide two-digit numbers.
  • Ability to reason through and plan work details and procedures to obtain desired results.
  • Must be able to stoop for extended periods and routinely move from kneeling to standing positions.
  • Must be able to perform overhead work for extended periods.
  • Must be able to safely lift (vertically) up to 51 pounds, regularly, and safely lift up to 85 pounds, occasionally, from the ground surface.
  • Must be able to push/pull (horizontally) up to 140 pounds of force.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and perform work at elevated heights.
  • Must be able to work in extreme temperature environments.
  • Must be able to physically enter confined space and work in enclosed environments.

The above description is general and is not to be construed as a detail description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.



The starting hourly rate for this position is $27.14 per hour.


GATX embraces diversity, and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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