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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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