Railroad conductor programs are available at a variety of two- and four- year schools. Programs typically offer a certificate or associate's degree.
10 Schools with Railroad Conductor Programs
The following schools offer railroad conductor programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Dakota County Technical College||Rosemount, Minnesota||2-year, Public||Certificate||$5,713|
|Johnson County Community College - National Academy of Railroad Science||Overland Park, Kansas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $2,730 In-district
|International Air and Hospitality Academy - Northwest Railroad Institute||Vancouver, Washington||Less than 2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate||$13,925|
|Michigan Technological University||Houghton, Michigan||4-year, Public|| Bachelor's
| $14,286 In-state
|Colorado State University - Pueblo||Pueblo, Colorado||4-year, Public||Master's|| Graduate: $4,741 In-state
|Coastal Pines Technical College||Waycross, Georgia||2-year, Public|| Diploma
| $4,770 In-state
|Gateway Community College||New Haven, Connecticut||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $4,032 In-state
|Tarrant County College||Fort Worth, Texas||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,320 In-district
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's||Graduate: $43,164|
|Sacramento City College||Sacramento, California||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,104 In-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Railroad conductors are in charge of rail operations, scheduling, recording and monitoring the traveling cargo or passengers and overseeing safety. When choosing a railroad conductor school, student considerations should include the following:
- Students should decide how much time they are willing or able to invest in the training program, as they may require on-call, on-the-job training.
- Students may want to check job postings from potential employers to see what type of training program they require before making their decision.
- While conductors don't generally need to be licensed, prospective students may want to check with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for any additional state certification or licensure requirements for conductors and look for schools and training programs that will meet these requirements (www.fra.dot.gov).
- Candidates might want to find schools that offer hands-on experience with train equipment, such as train simulators and sample train tracks, and also provide students with internships at local and national railway lines for added experience.
Certificate in Railroad Conductor Technology
Some technical schools and community colleges offer certificate programs in railroad conductor technology. These programs typically take 1-2 years to complete and include an internship or work experience as part of the graduation requirements.
Associate of Applied Science in Railroad Operations
Associate degrees pertaining to railroad transportation may not be as easily accessible as certificate programs or on-the-job training by railroad companies. That being said, these few associate programs take up to two years to complete and include meeting all college general education requirements. Conductors are taught how to work with timetables and work orders as well as coupling trains and switching cars.
Railroad conductor training programs are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. These programs emphasize railroad operations and safety.