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Apprentice Valve & Coil Specialist




Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Chicago, IL, GATX Corporation (NYSE: GATX) is an industry leader with 125+ years of success—success that is powered by our people. We are proud of our high-performance culture, hard-working and enthusiastic management team, and beautiful office space in the Willis Tower.


At GATX, we hire the best and offer our employees a dynamic, energetic, collaborative environment to enable them to make an impact from day one. Enjoy the perks and benefits of a global company with the close-knit culture and community of a much smaller one. In the same way we strive to empower our customers to propel the world forward, we are dedicated to providing our people with the tools and resources they need to move forward in their careers.


The Apprentice Valve & Coil Specialist must become proficient in and knowledgeable about valve/coil maintenance responsibilities, further developing skills by learning from experienced Valve & Coil Specialists and Sr. Valve & Coil Specialists. Learns and provides regular maintenance of valve/coils and associated components.  Accurately completes required documentation directly related to repairs performed.  Reads blueprints, schematics, and interchange rules outlined in MSRP and Field Manual of the AAR Interchange Rules.




  1. Provides assistance to Valve & Coil specialists in performing maintenance of valves and coils as required to meet regulatory, quality and shop production needs. To include but not limited to the following:
  • Follows all company safety rules and procedures.
    • Learn and perform leak tests on received equipment/cars.
    • Learn and provide basic railcar repairs and maintenance.
  • Remove and apply valves and fittings. Perform non-destructive examinations (NDE) of valves and valve assemblies.
  • Learn and perform final leak test/Hydro test as may be required for valve and or coil testing.
  • Learn and apply nitrogen stages as required.
  • Performs minor preventative maintenance on tools and equipment used.
  • Maintains work area in a clean and orderly manner. Complies with the established safety policies and awareness for safety, and when possible recommends specific changes and improvements to health and safety policies and programs.
  • Ensures quality of work performed meets AAR, FRA, GATX and customer guidelines.
  1. Ensure that all necessary forms, systems and work order information is complete in order to facilitate correct and timely reporting.  This includes documentation as required for portal/QF forms.
  2. Collaborate and communicate with the Material Department to manage the material stock for valve rebuild/application (parts and gaskets).



  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability and willingness to obtain the following certifications:
    • NDT Visual Testing, Level II - NDT-VT;
    • NDT Leak Testing, Level II, either NDT-LT or NDT-BT;
    • Certification in Car Repair per QAI 405;
    • Certification in Valve and Coil Technician per QAI 406, Level II.
  • Knowledge of Association of American Railroads (AAR) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) rules and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, in English.
  • Basic computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • equivalent.


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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