Employment Opportunities

Updated October 2, 2015

We currently have two positions open: Programmer/Analyst, and Locomotive Technician Apprentice.

Programmer / Analyst

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company is the largest Ohio-based railroad and is among the largest regional railroads in the country. To learn more about us, visit our website at www.wlerwy.com.

Due to our robust growth, we are seeking a Programmer/Analyst to work at our corporate headquarters in Brewster, Ohio. We are seeking a dynamic individual who is able to work effectively with a wide range of users.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Design, implement and support existing and new custom software processes on IBM i (iSeries, AS/400) system.
  • Support and maintain existing financial software package (VAI).
  • Document existing and new processes and assist users in training.
  • Assist the current IT staff with 24/7 on-call support.

Desired skills include:

  • RPG Programming language (RPG Free, RPG IV)
    • Web services, web interfaces, XML, embedded SQL, application modernization a plus
  • IBM i (iSeries, AS/400) system operations experience
  • EDI (BOL’s, waybills, invoices, advance consists, etc.)
  • DB2 database
  • Experience with VAI or other ERP software
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with the following software is preferred: Profound UI, SEQUEL, Abstract, Robot
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Transportation industry experience a plus

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company offers an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life, short-term disability, railroad retirement, 401(k), profit sharing, education support, college scholarships for sons/daughters of our employees, vacation, personal leave, and holiday pay.

To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter along with your salary range requirement to Joe Burley, Vice President Human Resources at jburley@wlerwy.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Locomotive Technician Apprentice

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company is seeking persons with diesel mechanic and electrical training to participate in our locomotive technician apprenticeship program. Our locomotive mechanical department maintains our fleet of diesel locomotives. This work involves a wide variety of activities ranging from fueling locomotives to complete engine rebuilds. The work is performed primarily at our Brewster shop facility, but may require service at anylocation on the railroad.

Essential job functions include maintaining, repairing, inspecting, testing, overhauling, reconditioning, restructuring, machining, and rebuilding the locomotives, their
components and systems.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Heavy mechanical repair experience- diesel and electric
  • Formal diesel mechanic education training program is desired
  • Verbal comprehension, communication, reasoning, and problem solving skills
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid driver’s license

Physical requirements:

  • Heavy work, lifting up to 85 pounds regularly and up to 100 pounds occasionally
  • Stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, balance, climb, twist, work overhead, reach, walking on uneven surfaces, standing on hard surfaces for long periods

Working conditions:

  • Work safely at all times in compliance with all safety and operating rules
  • Irregular work hours which may include overtime (Employees must be able to work any shift, any day of the week.)
  • Complete required training
  • Employees work in the shop and outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Employees work in confined spaces and at or above elevated heights

Rate of pay

  • $16.62 hr. starting rate of pay
  • $17.27 after one year of training
  • $19.88 upon completion of training

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company provides a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, dental, life insurance, short-term disability, railroad retirement, 401(k) plan, profit sharing, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid personal leave, and college scholarships for dependents.

Apply: Submit your resume via email to Joe Burley, Vice President Human Resources at jburley@wlerwy.com.  No phone calls, please.

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