Railway and Marine Traffic Controllers

(NOC 2275)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Railway traffic controllers coordinate passenger and freight train traffic on railways. They are employed by rail transport companies. Marine traffic regulators monitor and regulate coastal and inland marine traffic within assigned waterways. They are employed by port, harbour, canal and lock authorities and by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Railway and Marine Traffic Controllers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 73% of Railway and Marine Traffic Controllers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $98,295. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$70,363

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Railway traffic controllers coordinate passenger and freight train traffic on railways. They are employed by rail transport companies. Marine traffic regulators monitor and regulate coastal and inland marine traffic within assigned waterways. They are employed by port, harbour, canal and lock authorities and by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Job duties

Railway traffic controllers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and monitor centralized traffic control systems to coordinate and follow railway traffic.
  • Chart train movements, calculate arrival and departure times and record rail traffic information.
  • Issue instructions to control the movement of passenger and freight train traffic and on-track mobile maintenance equipment.
  • Receive, record, and relay train instructions to train crew by hand or radio telephone.
  • May supervise and train other railway traffic controllers.

Marine traffic regulators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Direct and monitor vessel movements using radar or closed circuit monitors, remote radio systems and other telecommunication equipment.
  • Obtain position, course, speed and estimated arrival time of vessels and monitor vessel progress through traffic zone.
  • Issue clearance instructions to vessels, advise vessels of traffic volumes and weather conditions, and relay information to next marine traffic control sector.
  • Report accidents, distress signals, navigational hazards and other emergencies to authorities.
  • Maintain radio and telephone contact with adjacent marine control sectors and with vessels within area of jurisdiction.
  • Maintain log of vessel movements, size and structure.

Sample job titles

  • centralized traffic control (CTC) operator - railway traffic
  • centralized traffic controller - railway traffic
  • chief rail traffic controller
  • chief train dispatcher
  • marine traffic controller
  • rail traffic controller
  • train dispatcher
  • train operator

Skills

For these jobs, you need a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to perform under pressure. Attention to detail is important. You must be alert and articulate, and have excellent communication skills.

Job requirements

  • Railway traffic controllers usually require completion of high school and several years of experience in the railway industry.
  • Up to 35 weeks of a combination of classroom and on-the-job training is provided for railway traffic controllers.
  • Railway traffic controllers require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.
  • Marine traffic regulators require completion of high school and several months of formal traffic regulator training.

Other considerations

There is little mobility between traffic controlling jobs in the railway and marine sectors. With experience, railway traffic controllers may progress to supervisory positions in rail transport operations.

By the numbers

Quick look

50

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

36.4%
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63.6%
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50.8

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

45.5%

Halifax

36.4%

Northern

18.2%

Southern

18.2%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

70.0%

Public Administration

20.0%

Construction

10.0%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

44.4%

25-34

33.3%

35-44

33.3%

45-54

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

33.3%

High school

$53,271 median annual income
33.3%

College certificate or diploma

$87,496 median annual income
16.7%

Doctorate

N/A
16.7%

Bachelor's degree

$92,474 median annual income

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Railway Association of Canada
99 Bank Street, Suite 901
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel: (613) 567-8591
Fax: (613) 567-6726
Canadian Coast Guard College
1190 Westmount Road
Sydney, NS B1R 2J6
Tel: (888) 582-9090
Fax: (902) 567-3233

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