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Railroad Training Programs, Schools & Education

This page provides a directory of railroad training programs and schools including railroad conductor, engineer, mechanic, track repair, and dispatcher certification courses with classroom and field training.

Railroad Jobs Board - Database of 2,500+ U.S. railroad jobs searchable by location, employer, position, or job description, plus a directory of railroad employer websites for additional career opportunities

ARC-Tech.Net - Railroad company training programs to prepare skilled track repair technicians

BCIT School of Transportation - Railway job training center for locomotive engineers, conductors, accident investigation, and signals and communications; Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education - Provides railway research and courses at the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Canac Railway Services - Training development, engineering, and transportation planning services

CENACAF - National Railway Training Center - Argentina public entity providing technical education to railroad company staff in the areas of transportation, rolling stock, signaling, catenary, track, and telecommunications

Centre for Excellence in Rail Training (CERT) - Provides training courses for the Australian rail industry

Colorado State University-Pueblo - Offers a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) with emphasis in railroad engineering through a partnership with the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colorado

Corys TESS - French provider of locomotive simulator training and engineering support systems

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Dakota County Technical College Railroad Conductor Technology Program - 15-week program includes classroom and on-campus field exercises; Rosemount, Minnesota

Gateway Community College - Railroad engineering technology courses in New Haven, Connecticut

George Brown College - Offers a 4-month railway conductor training program that prepares graduates for employment in road or yard service train crews in North American Class 1, regional, shortline, and industrial railroads; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

GKC Consulting Company - Offers on-site railroad engineering and maintenance of way training for railroads, contractors, construction firms, and suppliers

Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History - Railroading research and education at the University of York, UK

Johnson County Community College - Offers associate degrees in railroad operations through a partnership with the National Academy of Railroad Sciences (NARS); Overland Park, Kansas

Keeping Track Railroad Consulting and Training - Offers training for locomotive engineers, conductors and brakeman, operating supervisors, and locomotive and car repairman; San Antonio, Texas

Michigan State University Railway Management Program - Four-week certificate program for current railroad employees features classroom and field experiences in East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan Tech University - Offers a five-week international program in railway engineering, including three weeks with Tampere University of Technology and Finnish Railways; Houghton, Michigan

Mineta Transportation Institute - Offers a Master of Science in Transportation Management and graduate certificates in transportation management at San Jose State University

Modoc Railroad Academy - Railroad industry educational programs including conductor, engineer, and brakeman training; Pleasant Grove, California

National Academy of Railroad Sciences - Training programs for many positions in the railroad industry including locomotive engineer, conductor, yard crew, mechanical, engineering, maintenance, signal systems, telecom, dispatcher, yardmaster, and trainmaster; Overland Park, Kansas

Neway Training Solutions - Rail engineering and safety training programs in Derby, UK

Northwest Railroad Institute - Offers a six-month training program in railroad operations; Vancouver, Washington

Okefenokee Technical College Locomotive Electrical Systems Certificate - Prepares individuals to work as electrical technicians in the rail industry, focusing on diesel/electric locomotives; Waycross, Georgia

Okefenokee Technical College Locomotive Mechanical Systems Certificate - Prepares individuals to work as mechanical technicians in the rail industry, focusing on diesel/electric locomotives; Waycross, Georgia

OpenTrack Simulation of Railway Networks - Simulation developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and now used by the railway industry, railway consultants, and railway companies

PC-Rail - Free railway signaling and operating simulations used for hobby or industry training

PDS, Inc - Provides training in railroad workplace safety, track safety standards, operating rules, and engineering standards

Penn State Altoona - Offers a rail transportation engineering degree with a curriculum based on civil engineering; Altoona, Pennsylvania

Power Rail Training & Consulting - Offers training studies, safety audits, and training courses for all levels of railway and metro employees; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rail Safety & Training Resources, Inc - Provides operations training (engineer, conductor, brakeman) and also databases and writes rulebooks for rail companies

Rail Training International (RTI) - UK provider of rail operations and technical training

Railroad Occupations & Wages - Guide to railroad employment including occupations, wages, and salaries

Railroad Records & Statistics - State-by-state rail mileage, traffic, employment, and railcar stats

Railroad Training Services - Consulting and training resource for shortline railroads, logistics companies, construction firms, and others

RailroadTraining.biz - Training programs for railroad organizations including FRA 213 Track Safety Standards and FRA 214 Railroad Workplace Safety

Railway Educational Bureau - Rail industry education and training, including distance training courses, workshops, work site training, and training-related consulting

Renown Training - UK provider of railway safety training and assessment services

Roadway Worker Training (RWT) - Safety, compliance, and technical training for railroads, transit systems, contractors, suppliers, and consultants

RTC - Produces computer-based training software for the railroad industry and offers professional training, documentation, and FRA compliance services

Sacramento City College - Offers a six-course career certificate program in railroad operations; Sacramento, California

SAIT Polytechnic - Offers a 15-week railway conductor training program at the Centre for Rail Training and Technology in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Simmons-Boardman Books, Inc - Publisher and retailer of railway books and training materials covering virtually all aspects of the industry

Southern Cross Rail Training - Provides rail industry training including safety, operations, infrastructure, maintenance, and inspection; Chullora, NSW, Australia

Tarrant County College - Offers a railroad dispatcher certificate program that trains students in the rules, regulations, and procedures of train dispatching; Fort Worth, Texas

TCC (Training & Consulting Connection) - Provides railroads and affiliated firms with training, consulting, and staffing services

Track Guy Consultants - Consulting services for the railroad construction industry including contractor assistance, training programs, track inspection, bid preparation, project management, and more

TrackSense - Technical and safety training for engineering departments of railroads, contractors, and shippers

Transit Safety Management - Rail safety, regulatory, training, and operations consulting

TransLink Research Center - US national, multi-modal, multi-agency public-private program of research, development, and professional education in the surface transportation industry

Transportation Certification Services (TCS) - Customized rail industry training and certification services for Class Is, regionals, shortlines, industry switching, and high speed passenger operations

Transportation Technology Center, Inc - Research, development, testing, consulting, and training for freight, passenger, and transit systems worldwide, including a 48 mile test track in Pueblo, Colorado

TransportationU.com - Online courses in derailment investigation, derailment prevention, and railroad track inspection

Tritech Rail Training - Rail engineering and safety training in Cheadle, Staffordshire, UK

TÜV Rheinland Rail Sciences - Specializing in derailment investigation, track/train dynamics, and operations planning & analysis

University of Denver Intermodal Transportation Institute - Offers an Executive Master's Program that awards a Master of Science in Intermodal Transportation; Denver, Colorado

University of Illinois Railroad Engineering Program - Offers railroad engineering classes and hosts industry conferences and research programs; Urbana, Illinois

University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research (CTR) - Offers courses on railroad safety and construction in Knoxville, Tennessee

University of Wisconsin Madison Railroad Engineering Courses - Courses for railroad professionals, consultants, and contractors; Madison, Wisconsin

Web Rail - Australian provider of e-learning courses in railroad operations and signaling

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