Locomotive Engineer + Conductor Basic Training Program
Career Tracks in the Railroad Industry
In partnership with NJ Transit and Amtrak, Bucks County Community College is offering career tracks in the railroad industry. Our 12-week Locomotive Engineer + Conductor Basic Training Program will put you on the path towards a rewarding career in the Transportation Industry.
As one of the fastest growing industries in the country today, the highly skilled crafts of Locomotive Engineer and Conductor are in great demand. Whether you are looking for a good salary, job security or a challenging career, the Transportation Industry in the region and beyond has numerous employment opportunities available. Careers in this field include engineers, conductors, dispatchers, track workers, signal maintainers, ticket agents, technology experts, and others. This course is designed to prepare you for pre-employment as a Locomotive Engineer or Conductor candidate at a public transportation provider or freight railroad.
Program Instructor Bio:
Thomas A. Philip has 24 years of railroad experience in numerous roles in both Union and Management. Tom started his railroad career as a freight conductor and worked in this position on road, local and yard settings where he was qualified on Operating and Hazmat rules. Tom joined the UTU union and maintained his membership throughout his career. After gaining the basic railroad experience, Tom was promoted to Yardmaster, and he worked as this position for 17 years. During this time, he was enrolled as student at Drexel University to obtain a B.S. in Mathematics, as well as Strayer University to obtain his MBA. Tom was also able to pursue a PhD from Capella University. After graduating from Capella University and successfully obtaining his doctorate, an opportunity arose to work as a Control Center Manager (Train Dispatcher), where he learned and became qualified on NORAC rules. Two years later, he was promoted to Senior Operations Planner was later promoted to Manager of Long - Range Planning. As of July, 2021, he joined NJT as a Manager of Train Operations.
Attend an online information session to learn more about our exciting program.
Saturday, February 3, 2024
Once you have registered for the information session, you will receive details for the online session.
To register for the information session, call 215-968-8409 and reference the XTMCO 1151 C01.
(HyFlex class optional for out of area residents)
Locomotive Engineer & Conductor Basic Training Program Scholarships
Are you in need of financial support to help cover the cost of the Locomotive Engineer & Conductor Basic Training Program? Financial assistance may be available to help you with some or all the cost. Through the generosity of the Justamere Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are available to students registering for the Locomotive Engineer & Conductor Basic Training Program during the Fall 2023 term. To apply for this scholarship, you must complete the Locomotive Engineer & Conductor Basic Training Program Scholarship Application linked below.
Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis to eligible applicants who have completed the Locomotive Engineer & Conductor Basic Training Program Scholarship Application. Students are encouraged to apply for admission early, as awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note: Scholarship funds can only cover up to 90% of the tuition costs. All students are responsible to pay at least 10% of the tuition themselves ($110).
If you have any questions, email the Locomotive Engineer & Conductor Basic Training program manager, Veronica Drumm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about the program? Contact Veronica Drumm, Locomotive Program Manager at 215-504-8596 or email email@example.com.
Locomotive Engineer + Conductor Basic Training Program WTMCO 1153 C50
2/10 - 4/20 8:00am - 4:00pm
The goal of this course is to help accelerate your chances of employment in the Transportation Industry as a Locomotive Engineer or Conductor and also prepare you for a railroad’s training academy once employed. The subjects that will be covered include, but are not limited to:
- Introduction to the Railroad industry
- Review: Career opportunities in the Railroad Industry, Policies, advantages and disadvantages
- Detailed descriptions of the crafts of Locomotive Engineer and Conductor
- Communication: Radio, face-to-face, fax, and phone
- Rail Operations Procedure, Safety, and Rules
- NORAC and other Railroad Operating Rules
- Hours of Service regulations
- Duties and Responsibilities of Locomotive Engineers and Conductors
- Signal System: hand signals and train movement
- Review: certification for Locomotive Engineer, Conductor, and Dispatcher
- Yard switching Operations both freight and Passenger
- Hazmat Material: Class, Group, practices and handling rules
To register or for more information, contact the Continuing Education Registration Office at 215-968-8409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Sallie Mae Loan eligible.