Train Crew Operating Workers

(NOC 7361, 7362)

in All Trades and Transportation

Railway locomotive engineers operate railway locomotives to transport passengers and freight and also operate communication systems, inspect assigned locomotives, and test operating controls and equipment. Railway conductors coordinate and supervise the activities of passenger and freight train crew members. Brakemen check train brakes and other systems and equipment prior to train run, and assist railway conductors in activities en route. They are employed by railway transport companies. Yard locomotive engineers operate locomotives within the yards of railway, industrial, or other establishments and also perform switching operations and routine maintenance according to instructions. They are employed by railway transport companies and industrial or commercial users of rail transport.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3400 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High 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. Train Crew Operating Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 45% of Train Crew Operating Workers 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

$72,244

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$20.35

Median

$34.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Railway locomotive engineers operate railway locomotives to transport passengers and freight and also operate communication systems, inspect assigned locomotives, and test operating controls and equipment. Railway conductors coordinate and supervise the activities of passenger and freight train crew members. Brakemen check train brakes and other systems and equipment prior to train run, and assist railway conductors in activities en route. They are employed by railway transport companies.

Yard locomotive engineers operate locomotives within the yards of railway, industrial, or other establishments and also perform switching operations and routine maintenance according to instructions. They are employed by railway transport companies and industrial or commercial users of rail transport.

Job duties

The following is a summary of some of the duties performed by train crew operating workers:

  • Railway locomotive engineers operate locomotives to transport passengers and freight on railways; operate communication systems to communicate with train crews and traffic controllers; and inspect assigned locomotives and test operating controls and equipment.
  • Yard locomotive engineers operate locomotives to switch, couple and uncouple cars for loading and unloading; perform switching operations according to written switching orders or dispatched instructions; and inspect locomotives, replenish fuel or perform routine maintenance on locomotives.
  • Railway conductors supervise and coordinate the activities of passenger and freight train crew members (except locomotive engineers); communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to give and receive train operation information; and collect fares on board passenger trains, announce approaching train stops and answer passenger enquiries.
  • Brakemen/women check train systems and equipment such as air conditioning and heating systems, brakes and brake hoses prior to train run; communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to aid in the movement and operation of train; receive orders from traffic controllers, observe signals and track conditions and open and close track switches; set and release hand brakes and connect air brake hoses to couple and switch passenger or freight cars, making minor repairs to couplings, air hoses and wheel-bearing boxes as required; and assist in collecting fares and helping passengers on and off train.

Sample job titles

  • brakeman/woman
  • conductor
  • railway conductor
  • railway engineer
  • train conductor
  • train engineer
  • yard locomotive engineer - railway

Skills

To work in these jobs, 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

  • Completion of high school is usually required.
  • Railway locomotive engineers, conductors and Brakemen/women all require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.

Other considerations

Mobility between railway transport companies or between establishments employing locomotive engineers may be limited due to seniority provisions of collective agreements. Promotion to higher-level positions may be possible with experience

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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56.7

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

88.8%

employed full-time

12.7%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

60.0%

Halifax

40.0%

Cape Breton

20.0%

Northern

20.0%

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

100.0%

Transportation and Warehousing

What is the age of Employment?

66.7%

35-44

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

34.1%

45-54

33.0%

35-44

18.7%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

Top levels of education

60.0%

College certificate or diploma

$36,590 median annual income
30.0%

Trades certificate

$21,549 median annual income
20.0%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.4%

Trades certificate

$40,890 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$28,089 median annual income
22.6%

College certificate or diploma

$39,023 median annual income
18.2%

Less than high school

$25,753 median annual income
2.7%

Bachelor's degree

$36,972 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

Conductor

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
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.