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.
Railway conductors co-ordinate and supervise the activities of passenger/freight crew members, except for railway locomotive engineers, to ensure that trains operate according to schedules, orders, and operating rules. They also collect fares, announce train stops, and answer passengers' questions.
Railway brakemen/women check train brakes and other systems/equipment prior to train runs and assist railway conductors in activities en route.
1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.
2. Except for yard locomotive engineers, you need specific levels of the Certificate of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules.
3. To be a railway locomotive engineer, you must have experience as a railway conductor.
4. To be a yard locomotive engineer, you may need experience as a railway conductor or railway yard worker.
5. To be a railway conductor, you must have experience as a railway brakeman or brakewoman.
6. To be a railway brakeman or brakewoman, you usually need experience as a railway worker.
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The average hourly wages for Train Crew Operating Occupations is $23.76/HR, which is above average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.