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ABOLISHED 02/02/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-11 - Railroad Restoration Specialist (6650)

ABOLISHED 02/02/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-11 - Railroad Restoration Specialist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: PZ35
  • Class Code: 6650
  • Established: 07/19/1983
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, to perform restoration, maintenance, and repairs of vintage railroad equipment and artifacts. Operate and move vintage steam and diesel locomotives and other railroad equipment; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Performs a variety of skilled metal and sheet-metal work, machining, welding, carpentry, and other tasks in connection with restoration, maintenance, and repair of vintage railroad equipment and artifacts; checks on wear and damage to metal engine and car component parts; does historic research to determine methods used in original manufacture of parts in order to simulate original appearance; repairs worn or damaged metal engine and structural components of vintage steam and diesel locomotives; fabricates replacement parts and accessories for items worn, damaged, or stolen using a variety of metal-craft skills; repairs and/or replaces worn or damaged wood framework and flooring of vintage passenger cars; repairs metal and/or wood framework and siding on vintage freight cars; fires engines, moves and operates steam and diesel locomotives for demonstration, logistics, and repair purposes; assists in maintaining project safety; keeps tools, materials, and equipment in good condition.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I

One year of experience in California State Service Performing the duties of a Specialist I, Railroad Restoration and Maintenance Project (Metal or Wood Fabrication).


Two years of work experience performing restoration work requiring metal and wood fabrication skills, 18 months of which must have been in connection with the restoration of railroad equipment.


Three years of work experience as a journey craftsperson performing restoration work requiring metal and wood fabrication skills.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Methods, terminology, tools and equipment used in railroad and other restoration work; metal and sheet-metal work, metal machining, and welding; carpentry, millwork and painting.


Ability to: Safely operate power tools and equipment; read, interpret and work from plans, drawings and specifications; prepare rough sketches of work; keep accurate records; prepare comprehensive reports; speak and write in English at a level for successful job performance.

Special Personal Characteristics

Demonstrated interest and aptitude for railroad restoration work; willingness to work weekends and irregular hours.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Demonstrated interest and knowledge of early railroad history in California. Demonstrated ability to safely operate and assist in the moving of a variety of railroad equipment.

  Updated: 8/2/2017
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