Railway locomotive engineers transport passengers/freight on railways. They operate communication systems to communicate with train crews/railway traffic controllers to ensure that trains operate safely and meet their schedules.
Yard locomotive engineers switch, couple, and uncouple cars for loading/unloading goods within the yards of railway, industrial, and other organizations.
Duties May Include
Railway locomotive engineers perform some or all of the following duties:
Operate locomotives to transport passengers and freight on railways;
Operate communication systems to communicate with train crews and traffic controllers to ensure safe operation and scheduling of trains;
Inspect assigned locomotives and test operating controls and equipment.
Yard locomotive engineers perform some or all of the following duties:
Operate locomotives to switch, couple and uncouple cars for loading and unloading;
Perform switching operations according to written switching orders or dispatched instructions;
Inspect locomotives, replenish fuel or perform routine maintenance on locomotives.
Examples of Titles
Railway Locomotive Engineer
Yard Locomotive Engineer
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code found next to the name of the career is a 4-digit code that classifies occupations by different skill types and skill levels.
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© JobFutures, Labour Force Survey, 2006.
© National Occupational Classification, Human Resources Skills and Development Canada, 2006.
© Working in Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.