BCIT Railway Students at the Port Alberni Practical Site
The Railway Conductor (RWCD) training program has been designed and developed in partnership with the Railway Association of Canada. It is deliveried under the guidance of an Industry Steering Committee comprised of representatives from railway companies in Canada.
Conductors work as members of a train crew in either road or yard service. Conductors are involved with switching cars, making or splitting up trains in yards, or moving cars between yards, sidings or tracks according to instructions originating with yard and train planners. The role of the Conductor is an important link between customer satisfaction and maintaining efficient operations.
Is this the program for you? Check out the Self-Assessment >
The program is 17 weeks long (1 term). The program is presented in a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on training through the use of the BCIT railway yard, lab facilities and work site field trips, and up to three days of immersive practical experience at an operational heritage railroad facility with ten miles of track located on Vancouver Island.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
The railway industry overall will be facing rates of retirement turnover as high as 70% over the next 8 to 10 years which will result in a demand for graduates. BCIT's Railway Conductor program prepares graduates for employment in Class 1 railways and shortlines in North America, industrial railways, sidings and spurs at grain elevators, dockyards, rail suppliers and regional carriers.
Check on the following links for potential employment:
Graduates can expect good salaries in the starting range of $45,000 - $65,000 per year, and opportunities for advancement to positions of greater responsibility.
For more information visit:
*Subject to change without notice. Please see program page for current information.
Please ensure you have reviewed the detailed information on this site, using the navigation to the right, before submitting the form below.
As well, if you meet any of the following criteria, please follow the links for more information, instead of sending the form:
Sign up to receive updates, invitations to events, and information about BCIT and your program.
We promise not to spam you, we won’t share your personal information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.