Railway and Yard Locomotive Engineers

(NOC 7361)

in All Trades and Transportation

Railway locomotive engineers run railway locomotives to transport passengers and freight. They work for railway transport companies. Yard locomotive engineers run locomotives within yards of railway, industrial or other businesses. They work for railway transport companies and industrial or commercial users of rail transport.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
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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 Yard Locomotive Engineers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 63% of Railway and Yard Locomotive Engineers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. 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

$92,744

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Railway locomotive engineers run railway locomotives to transport passengers and freight. They work for railway transport companies. Yard locomotive engineers run locomotives within yards of railway, industrial or other businesses. They work for railway transport companies and industrial or commercial users of rail transport.

Job duties

Railway locomotive engineers:

  • Run locomotives to transport passengers and freight on railways.
  • Use communication systems to communicate with train crews and traffic controllers to make sure trains are scheduled and run safely.
  • Inspect assigned locomotives and test controls and equipment.

Yard locomotive engineers:

  • Run locomotives to switch, couple and uncouple cars for loading and unloading.
  • Carry out switching tasks according to written switching orders or dispatched instructions.
  • Inspect locomotives, refill fuel or carry out routine maintenance on locomotives.

Sample job titles

  • locomotive engineer
  • railway engineer
  • switch engineer
  • transfer hostler
  • yard engineer

Skills

You should be responsible, reliable, and in good physical health. You must also be able to work on your own and carry out instructions given by your employer. Physical strength, stamina, and attention to detail are also assets.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • Experience as a conductor is required for railway locomotive engineers and may be required for yard locomotive engineers.
  • Experience as a railway yard worker may be required for yard locomotive engineers.
  • Railway locomotive engineers require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.

Other considerations

Movement between railway transport companies or between businesses that hire locomotive engineers may be limited due to seniority provisions of collective agreements.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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55.9

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

75.0%

Halifax

25.0%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Transportation and warehousing

What is the age of Employment?

56.0%

55-64

22.0%

25-34

22.0%

35-44

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

44.4%

College Diploma

N/A
33.3%

Apprenticeship

N/A
22.2%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 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

Regulations

Locomotive Engineer

Not Provincially Regulated: This job may be regulated by a federal regulatory body.

Regulating body:
Transport Canada - Rail Services
95 Foundry Street
Moncton, NB E1C 5H7
(506) 851-7040

Contacts

Railway Association of Canada
99 Bank Street, Suite 901
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel: (613) 567-8591
Fax: (613) 567-6726

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.