Operates paint spray gun or uses hand brush or roller to apply paint to rail cars, car parts, assemblies and sub-assemblies.  


  • Scrapes, wire brushes or buffs surfaces to be painted as necessary
  • Blows off and checks cars to see that they are clean and dry before paint application 
  • Cover car parts with the necessary materials needed to prevent paint from getting on portions of car
  • Use various techniques and tools that include paint sprayers, hand brushes and paint rolling stock to paint cars
  • Assembles and dismantles painting tools and makes required adjustments as needed 
  • Mixes stencil paste and/or paint to proper consistency for pouncing or spraying
  • Prepares and applies decals as required 
  • Changes tips on spray guns to attain specific spraying pattern 
  • Moves railcars with transfer table, trackmobile or winches
  • Mixes paint with thinner solution according to formula
  • Clean interiors of blast materials from railcars prior to lining 
  • Hooks up warm air ducts to car and starts furnance to cure newly applied lining as specified 
  • Complete wet paint mileage reading forms and paint audit forms 
  • Keeps work area in a clean and orderly manner
  • Communicates with supervisor as needed
  • Comply with established safety policies, support continuing awareness for safety and when possible recommend changes and improvements to health and safety policies and programs 


  • 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 
  • Knowledgable of railcar parts preferred
  • Effective communication skills 
  • Basic computer knowledge 
  • Able to follow written and verbal instructions. 

Physical Demand Requirements:


  • 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 lbs, regulary and safetly lift up to 85 lbs from ground to surface
  • Must be able to push/pull (horizaontally) up to 140 pounds of force 
  • Must be able to climb ladders and perform work at elevated heights 
  • Must be able work in extreme temperature environments 
  • Must be able to physically enter confined space and work in enclosed environments 

Consistent with GATX policy, all new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and if eligible per CDC guidance to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, subject to accommodation. 

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