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Railway and Rail Yard Employment Skills RAIL 1001

Railway Course

Course details

This course provides you with the knowledge and practical skills required for employment within the many industrial railway, short line and railway supplier environments. This includes the role and responsibilities of railway and yard employees in addition to the core training required to perform assigned work while applying the railway safety culture. There are approximately 50 hours of practical hands-on tasks and exercises throughout the course which will provide you with the skills, abilities and confidence to successfully work in a variety of railway-related career options. Key tasks and responsibilities for rail yard employees included in this course are: freight car inspection and securement, freight car switching and movements, changing air hoses and knuckles, getting on and off static and moving equipment, crossing over static equipment, communicating through radios / hand signals, all while using applicable regulated railway rules. Successful students will also receive a BCIT Railway certification in "Canadian Rail Operating Rules for Non-main Track" and "Transportation of Dangerous Goods".


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Module 1: Railyard Employees' Duties

  • Describe the role and responsibilities of a rail yard employee.
  • Identify and assess knowledge, skills, and attributes required of a rail yard employee in an Industrial or supplier environment.

Module 2: Safety Culture

  • Identify safety roles, rights, responsibilities, and processes to help protect employees, equipment, material, and the environment.

Module 3: Movements and Equipment Inspections

  • Apply the procedures for inspecting movements and equipment, according to the Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) and General Operating Instructions (GOI), where required.
  • Perform equipment pre-trip inspections.
  • Safely perform operational movements of equipment.

Module 4: Crew Resource Management

  • Explain Crew Resource Management (CRM) origins and use.
  • Use CRM principles to enhance job safety.
  • Use CRM principles to enhance crew performance
  • Use CRM principles to communicate assertively.

Module 5: Rail Lab and GOI

  • Perform rail movements and activities safely within an industrial rail yard.
  • Demonstrate the correct procedures to entrain and detrain stationary and moving equipment.
  • Safely cross over stationary equipment.
  • Perform rail car switching using standard and semi-automatic switches.
  • Describe the functions of automatic switches.
  • Perform coupling and decoupling on rail cars.
  • Apply common CROR hand signals in a rail yard operation.
  • Use and care for radios in an industrial rail yard.
  • Describe and inspect the pneumatic components of the freight car air brake system.
  • Perform common rail yard employee tasks to acceptable BC regulated standards.

Module 6: Switching and Marshalling

  • Demonstrate the use of a switching plan.
  • Identify the use of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) and other rail yard documents relative to their switching operations.
  • Describe the importance of marshalling equipment.

Module 7: Canadian Rail Operating Rules for Non-main Track

  • Describe and apply the "Canadian Rail Operating Rules for Non-main Track" pertaining to non-main track territory throughout all of the course modules.
  • Describe a selection of CTC Rules (including sample signals) and the application of these rules within industrial rail yards.

Module 8: Transportation of Dangerous Goods

  • Describe training requirements, classifications, and carrier responsibilities when working with dangerous goods.
  • Identify placard information and location on railcars.
  • Describe shipping documentation, its location during transit, and importance.
  • Describe the operation of a dangerous goods train.
  • Describe the inspection of cars carrying dangerous goods.
  • Describe the emergency response related to dangerous goods train.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2018

Related Programs

Railway and Rail Yard Employment Skills (RAIL 1001) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Railway Conductor and Operations
    Associate Certificate Part-time


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