Degree Information


Becoming a railroad engineer

Requirements that must be met before a man or woman becomes eligible for the postion of locomotive engineer are:

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Minimum of high school education.
  • Good physical  condition with excellent hearing and eyesight.
  • Completion of locomotive engineer training.

What Can I Expect from a School?

Schools that offer train engineering degree programs typically work both in a classroom and onsite. You can expect some courses to be very hands-on. You’ll study topics such as:

  • Railroad transportation engineering
  • Railroad track engineering
  • Railway signaling
  • Railroad system planning

With this degree you can be a Railroad Brake Operator, Railroad Conductor, Locomotive Engineer, Yardmaster, Switch and Signal Operator, or Train Dispatcher.


When it comes to the switchman job, when you get hired you will be on a “step rate” of pay which means you will start out at 80% of your full wages.

Schools that offer engineering programs

Harvard University, Penn State University, Princeton University, Texas A&M at College Station, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California at San Diego, University of Maryland at College Park

University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin at Madison,Virginia Tech.



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