Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. is currently taking applications for Ballast Technicians . This unique career opportunity is ideally suited for an individual interested in nationwide travel. Herzog Ballast Technicians use state of the art technology to provide ballast maintenance to the Class 1 Railroads all across the United States. This career opportunity offers paid training, competitive salary, per diem, and company vehicle. At Herzog we go the extra mile to meet our customer’s needs. If you are mechanically inclined, like working with technology, and enjoy travel this may be the career for you. If interested in a career with Herzog see below for more information and to apply.


  • Herzog is nationally recognized for its excellent corporate safety record which results from all employees at all levels, in all positions adhering to established policies and procedures. Reporting any and all safety violations to your immediate supervisor is a prerequisite for continued employment. Safety diligence by all results in a safe work environment for all.

Travel Requirements:

  • Extensive travel is required (26 days out is standard with paid 9 days off in between)

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties include, but are not limited to;

  • Survey track with specially designed software.
  • Unload ballast from trains using patented automated software.
  • Maintain rail cars and do routine inspections.
  • Repair rail cars and system components using basic hand tools.
  • Troubleshoot electrical, hydraulic and GPS components.
  • Compile reports and data and routinely upload to home office.
  • Coordinate work schedule with Railroad, Field Supervisor and home office.


While paid training is provided some basic experience and interest in mechanical maintenance and computer systems is required. However, our patented system is unique in the industry and we will train the right candidate who is interested in travel and motivated to learn and grow. Here are the basic requirements of this position:

  • Basic mechanical ability required.
  • Must provide basic hand tools.
  • Experience with computers, hydraulics, and electrical systems are a plus.
  • Railroad experience is a plus but not required.
  • Extensive travel is required (26 days out is standard with paid 9 days off in between)
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Must provide steel toe boots (safety vest, glasses and hardhat provided)
  • Must be able to cover travel expenses (if required) until 1st paycheck is processed (approximately 7-10 after start date)
  • Work in extreme all-weather conditions; uneven surfaces; safety sensitive work environment
  • Able to walk on uneven surfaces over sometimes great distances; frequently climb on/off equipment; climb ladders frequently
  • Use hands to perform activities involving grasping, turning, holding and pulling
  • Able to visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow; hear and distinguish auditory signals
  • Able to work in conditions with loud noise; work on/around heavy/moving machinery; bend, walk, stand and sit for extended time; and use hand tools
  • Exert 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly.
  • Valid driver’s license

Education :

  • High School diploma or GED.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Pass and maintain e-RAILSAFE pre-employment background check and safety certification (as mandated by Herzog’s Railroad customers). Employees/applicants can be denied access to the railroad property if they have:
  • A felony conviction within the last 7 years.
  • An active warrant or open court case.
  • A fraud alert and/or your release from incarceration within the last 5 years and/or a history of misdemeanors or crimes of concern.
  • Maintain valid driver’s license
  • Pass a motor vehicle report review and be able to meet Herzog’s driving policy (no major driving violations in the previous 3 years)
  • Pass Pre-employment drug screening
  • Pass Pre-employment physical and medical evaluation
  • Successfully complete and maintain any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.

Along with a competitive salary Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. offers the following benefits:

  • Paid holidays and vacation
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Term Life Insurance
  • Auto & Home Owners Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Legal Insurance
  • 401K plan with a discretionary Company match

If you are interested in applying for this position click the Apply button below.

It is the policy of Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, age, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

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