Inspection Specialist

Sasser Family Companies

Job Description

Sasser Family Companies is a fourth-generation, family held transportation asset services and management company with roots that began on Chicago’s South Side more than 90 years ago. What started as a single company founded in 1928 by Fred H. Sasser, Chicago West Refrigerator Despatch, has since grown to include a total of six subsidiaries that serve customers across North America: Chicago Freight Car Leasing, Union Leasing, CF Rail Services, Express 4X4 Truck Rental, Xcēd, and NxGen Rail Services. Our subsidiary units are leaders in providing commercial- and industrial-focused rail, vehicle and aviation transportation equipment solutions including asset leasing, fleet administration management, asset repair and maintenance, and innovative technology services.

Recognized as one of Crain’s Best Places to Work in Chicago, Sasser prides itself on supporting an employee-driven, opportunity-based culture that empowers, recognizes, and rewards its employees. From highly competitive benefits to exciting employee events to organic, grassroots philanthropy and volunteerism, Sasser is an awesome place to begin and grow your career. To learn more about what makes Sasser special, visit .

Our rail industry roots began in 1928 when Fred H. Sasser founded Central West Refrigerator Despatch (CRDX). The following year, the Great Depression plunged the global economy into chaos. But Mr. Sasser persevered, taking the necessary steps to enhance his business and keeping his commitment to treating customers as partners. More than 90 years later, his spirit continues to guide our approach. When you entrust CF Rail Services to repair and service your railcars, our team’s commitment is to return them in better condition than when they came to us.

What We Offer

In Sasser’s employee-driven, opportunity-based culture, our employees help chart the course for our success. That is the reason that we believe that the most important investment we'll ever make in our business is you. Sasser employees enjoy a competitive benefits program that:

· Covers over 90% of your medical premiums

· Includes a 100% Company-paid disability and life insurance plans

· Includes a 401K plan with company match PLUS additional end-of-year funding

· Includes incentive Plans

· Provides training and tuition reimbursement

· Provides community service opportunities, employee recognition programs, and lots and lots of celebrations!

Job Requirements

As an Inspection Specialist here is what you will do:

  • Learn and adhere to all CFRS safety procedures. 
  • Learn the basic flow and logistics of railroad industry and repair business. 
  • Follow written and verbal directions and have basic math, reading, and writing skills, while effectively working in a team environment including but not limited to BRC work order understanding, associated regulatory/CFRS/customer forms, and execution without instructional intervention. 
  • Perform railcar estimating, auditing, billing, data entry, and inventory control. 
  • Proficiently use AAR field manual and associated regulatory materials. 
  • Properly use AAR Rule 1 and various inspection gages.
  • Prepare and review BRC's to ensure compliance with customer, CFRS and regulatory requirements. 
  • Complete required documentation per customer, CFRS and regulatory requirements. 
  • Identify associated parts to prepare accurate material pick list via creation of BRS. 
  • Utilize mobile and/or desktop hardware for operational effectiveness. 
  • Interact with customer and outside inspectors. 
  • Possess the knowledge of railcar anatomy being capable of identifying car/component defects and the proper repair required outside of the AAR Interchange Rules. 
  • Periodically review estimate accuracy with shop floor supervisors to accomplish and maintenance proper shop productivity. 
  • Fulfil CFRSWIS requirements (Weld Inspection capabilities) 
  • Perform in-depth review of work order estimates and BRC's prior to customer authorization. 
  • During repair procedures, solicit approval for additional repair defects not originally included in the estimate. 
  • Communicate work area status/activities to site personnel to ensure consistent departmental output. 
  • Successfully complete this positions "Education/Formal Training" requirements 
  • Wear PPE in appropriate areas

Here is what it will take to be successful in this role:

  • Associates degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one-year related experience and/or training; equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Successfully pass the following courses with an 80% or higher score coordinated by CF Rail Management:
    • AAR Interchange Rules
    • AAR Billing Repair Card for Interchange Rules
    • FRA Freight Car Safety Standards
    • Lettering and Marking
    • Freight Car Inspection Overview
    • Basics of Railroad Wheels
    • Car Air Brakes (chalk talk two) 

Physical Demands:

Work assignments involve standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, climbing, crawling, and crouching in strained and awkward positions for prolonged periods of time at various heights up to 20 feet. Uses hands, legs, and arms to climb vertical ladders to staging or suspended platforms. Lifts, carries, and sets up equipment and components that weigh up to 50 lbs. Employee must be medically certified to wear a respirator, as well as be able to wear respirators for prolonged periods of time.

 Working Conditions

Work to be performed outdoors and indoors, on and around heavy equipment. May be required to work overtime and/or varied shifts to meet demands of the business.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled