Railway and Yard Locomotive Engineers 


Railway locomotive engineers transport passengers/freight on railways. They operate communication systems to communicate with train crews/railway traffic controllers to ensure that trains operate safely and meet their schedules. Yard locomotive engineers switch, couple, and uncouple cars for loading/unloading goods within the yards of railway, industrial, and other organizations.


Work: Railway locomotive engineers perform some or all of the following duties: , Operate locomotives to transport passengers and freight on railways; Operate communication systems to communicate with train crews and traffic controllers to ensure safe operation and scheduling of trains; Inspect assigned locomotives and test operating controls and equipment. , Yard locomotive engineers perform some or all of the following duties: , Operate locomotives to switch, couple and uncouple cars for loading and unloading;, Perform switching operations according to written switching orders or dispatched instructions; Inspect locomotives, replenish fuel or perform routine maintenance on locomotives.

Title Examples: Railway Engineer, Railway Locomotive Engineer, Switch Engineer, Yard Locomotive Engineer

Useful Secondary School subjects: English, Math, Mechanics, Computer Basics

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: Completion of secondary school is usually required. , Experience as a conductor is required for railway locomotive engineers and may be required for yard locomotive engineers. , Experience as a railway yard worker may be required for yard locomotive engineers. , Level "A" Certificate of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules is required for railway locomotive engineers. , Mobility between railway transport companies or between establishments employing locomotive engineers may be limited due to seniority provisions of collective agreements.

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