Composite Mechanic – Internship

Smart Bar USA, LLC

South Amana, IA

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Internship Opportunity: Composite Mechanic Intern’s work shall consist of removing and replacing engine components such as power assembly, main and rod bearings, blowers, water pumps and turbos. Remove and replace filters, such as oil, fuel, and air. Remove and replace air valves. Repair fuel, oil and air leaks. Assist in removing and replacing trucks/wheel sets. Remove and replace brake shoes. Wash locomotives and maintain shop cleanliness. Performs other essential and nonessential functions as assigned. All functions will be under the direction of assigned mentor. Read entire job description for full details and responsibilities.

Date: November 2022       

2022 Hourly Rate: $20.00


Reports To:       Mentor

                          General Foreman

                          Asst. Chief Mechanical Officer

                          Chief Mechanical Officer

Supervises:       No direct reports


  1. Follows company and government safety procedures, uses common sense, takes necessary precautions (e.g., wearing/using protective clothes and equipment) and maintains an overall level of safety awareness when operating in the work environment.
  2. Performs maintenance activity, both scheduled and on request, conducting air brake tests, lubricating moving parts, cleaning components, painting, etc. all under the direction and supervision of their assigned mentor.
  3. Intern is responsible for setting goals and accomplishments for the 4-week program.
  4. Responsible for completing all paperwork required for the internship program and getting applicable signatures.


Education, Licenses/Certifications and Work Experience

High school graduate or equivalent required; must be a current student enrolled in a diesel mechanic technology program.  Must possess a current and valid driver’s license and be insurable under IAIS’s commercial auto policy throughout IAIS employment.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, and Mental Requirement

  • Skill in the application of mechanical aptitude and understand and apply mechanical principles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. Understand and provide written, graphic, and verbal communications (e.g., instructions, explanations, blueprints, etc.) and request clarification if needed.
  • Ability to read, understand, and abide by the General Code of Operating Rules. Must be able to abide by Federal Railroad Administration and other rules and regulations as required by IAIS and the federal, state and local governments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, management, vendors, and contractors.
  • Make effective decisions when in unfamiliar locations or when responding to changes, interruptions, and obstructions in work process.
  • Assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgement when making decisions.


Constant (67-100%) stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, eye hand coordination, reaching, standing, walking, grasping, talking and hearing.  Frequent (34-66%) pushing, pulling, climbing up to 20 ft., balancing, overhead work, repetitive motion, and viewing close visual work and/or distances.  Frequent lifting up to 50 pounds.  Occasional (10-33%) sitting, traveling and lifting up to 100 pounds.  

WORKING CONDITIONS:   The location of work performed is frequently out-of-doors.  The material used in the surrounding workplace, expose the incumbent to the following conditions on a regular basis:

  • Weather (including extreme cold and heat)
  • Water (from snow, ice, rain and cleaning operations)
  • Oil, grease, battery acids, and other hazardous chemicals
  • Noise (from machinery)
  • Fumes, odors, dusts, gases
  • Vibration
  • Various heights

The job requires the individual to follow standard safety procedures, be alert, and take necessary precautions (e.g., wearing/using protective clothes and equipment) to avoid possible injuries or health problems that may result from:

  • Batteries;
  • malfunctioning electrical equipment;
  • working with soaps, caustic solutions, electrical cleaners, and fuel;
  • long periods of continuous work time (e.g., multiple work shifts);
  • low and high voltage equipment; and
  • working around other workers.

The statements stated in this job description reflect the general duties as necessary to describe the basic function, essential job duties/responsibilities, job requirements, physical requirements and working conditions typically required, and should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of the job.