Full-time BCIT/Industry Partnership Certificate 2070ipcert

Overview

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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.

The Program

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 lab facilities and work site visits, and up to ten days of practicum experience at a railroad facility. For more information regarding the program, please contact 604-451-6838 or attend monthly Info Sessions.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Note: See the Industry Partnership section for additional information.

Availability Notification

Complete the Short Notice Availability, Location and Shift Preference form [PDF] and submit with your application to help us get you into classes faster.

Recommended for success

  • Potential students with medical or physical disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963 (telephone interview is acceptable for out of town applicants).

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

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BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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Scheduled intakes

March and October

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

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Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

 

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

  • Books and supplies costs (including personal protective clothing) are approximately $725
  • Hotel costs for up to ten nights (during workplace practicum activities). Students often bunk together to reduce these costs.

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

CSA approved safety glasses and footwear required. Footwear must be steel-toed, leather, ankle covering boots.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0800–1500, Monday through Friday

Note: The established hours of instruction are 0830 to 1600 but the scheduling of academic courses, field trips and practicum may require some activity to be scheduled outside of the established hours.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  RWCD 1020 Introduction to Computers 1.0
  RWCD 1022 Communications for Conductors 2.0
  RWCD 1024 Railway Culture 1.0
  RWCD 1026 Life and Work Management 1.0
  RWCD 1028 Professional Skills 1.5
  RWCD 1030 Conductors' Duties 1.0
  RWCD 1032 Introduction to Railway Operations 1.5
  RWCD 1034 Trains and Equipment Inspections 1.5
  RWCD 1036 Introduction to Railway Business 1.0
  RWCD 1038 Railway Lab 3.0
  RWCD 1040 Introduction to Industrial Organization 1.0
  RWCD 1042 Preparation for Employment 1.5
  RWCD 1044 Air Brake Systems and Tests 1.0
  RWCD 1046 Switching and Marshalling 1.0
  RWCD 1048 Practicum 2.5
  RWCD 1050 Rules, Authorities and Record Keeping 8.5
  RWCD 1052 Transportation of Dangerous Goods 1.0
  RWCD 1054 Safety Culture 2.0
  RWCD 1056 Crew Resource Management 1.0
 
Total Credits: 34.0

Transfer credit

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.

Program Details

Program length

17 weeks, full-time

Grading

Student learning is evaluated throughout the program. To complete the program, the minimum passing grade is 70% in each course, except RWCD 1050 and RWCD 1052 for which the minimum passing grade is 80%. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses.

Program location

Annacis Island Campus
1608 Cliveden Avenue
Delta, BC
V3M 6M2

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

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 starting range of $45,000 - $65,000 per year, and opportunities for advancement to positions of greater responsibility.

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Graduate employment outcomes

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Testimonial

I am currently working with CP Rail in Alberta ... I would like to thank you and your staff for a great learning experience. Steve Macleod, Railway Conductor program First Nation class graduate

Testimonial

I just wanted to write and thank you for delivering such an excellent program due to which I was not only able to secure interviews with all the major 3 railways (viz CN, CP & SRY) but I also got a job with all the three railways ... I would definitely recommend this course to my friends and relatives as this program is very industry specific and it has been really squeezed into 17 weeks so that you don't have to wait too long to be employed. Sunny Amardeep Oberoi, Railway Conductor program graduate

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I had a great educational and practical experience in the railway program at BCIT. Because of BCIT’s program, today I got a job with CN Railway. I recommend this program to anyone who wants to change or choose a new career. Jas Randhawa, Railway Conductor program graduate