Locomotive Engineer

As a Locomotive Engineer, you will operate trains carrying freight or passengers between stations. At most railways, Locomotive Engineers are promoted from the position of Conductor.


Typical Working Conditions, Hours & Salary:

Training Requirements & Qualifications:

Locomotive Engineers are typically promoted from the Conductor ranks. Some railways require two years of experience as a Conductor before candidates can apply to take the Locomotive Engineer Training Program. Training programs are generally four to eight months in length, and include theory and practical training in:

By regulation, Locomotive Engineers must pass the Canadian Rail Operating Rules exam in order to be considered qualified. Depending on where they work in Canada, they will have to re-certify their credentials by passing this exam either every two or every three years.