The Railway Conductor (RWCD) training program has been designed and developed in cooperation with the railway industry 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 instructions, hands-on training through the use of lab facilities and work site visits, and up to ten days of practicum experience at a working railroad. For more information regarding the program, please contact 604-451-6838 or attend monthly Info Sessions.
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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 in North America, and also shortlines and regional carriers:
Graduates can expect good salaries in the average range of $45,000 - $65,000 per year, and opportunities for advancement to positions of greater responsibility.
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