Transportation-Railway Concentration

Program Description:

The Railroad Technology option is designed to provide the basic skills for entry into a railroad employee career path. Most railroad transportation workers begin as laborers, brake operators, or conductors after completing training on signals, timetables, operating rules, and related subjects. Although new employees may be hired as conductors, seniority determines whether an employee may hold a conductor position full-time. Employers almost always fill engineer positions with workers who have experience in other railroad-operating occupations.

·         Opportunities are expected to be good for qualified applicants since a large number of workers are expected to retire or leave these occupations by 2018.
·         76% of these workers are members of unions, and earnings are relatively high.

REQUIRED COURSES for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
(Suggesed Sequence)


Course Course Title Hours
ENL 111 Written Communication1 3
IT 101 Fundamentals of Computers2 (EDGE) 3
MAT Math Elective3 3
SCI Science Elective4 3
ENL/COM English/Communication Elective5 3
WFD/TRAN Misc Workforce Development Coureses6 TBD
WFD/TRAN Approved Company Onsite TBD
WFD/TRAN Training-Craft Specific TBD
  Minimum Total Credits 15
TRAN 101 Intro Transportation Systems 3
TRAN 200 Transportation Law & Policy 3
TRAN 210 Transportation Economics 3
TRAN 220 Transporation Security 3
TRAN 230 Transportation Geography 3
TRAN 250 Transportation Information Systems 3
TS 102 On-the-Job Training/Fieldwork6 6-12

1   ENL 111 has a prerequisite of ENL 095, or placement in 100-level English, and REA 098,
     or placement in 100-level reading.
2   Students are expected to have basic knowledge of computers including operating systems
     such as windows XP or 2003 and Microsoft Office XP or 2003 before entering this program. 
     The student must register for IT 101 (EDGE) during his or her first semester or successfully
     pass a challenge exam for IT 101 (EDGE).
3   Approved Mathematics Courses: MAT 115, MAT 145 or MAT 120 unless transfer credit applies.
4   Approved Science Courses: SCI 110, SCI 220, BIOL 102, BIOL 257, SS 201, SS 210 or SS 250.
5   Approved English/Communication elective courses: ENL 115, ENL 231, COM 112, COM 125,
      or COM 130.
6   Contact Dr. Kristy Wood: wood .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (304) 710-3396.

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