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Rail Yard Engineers

Overview: Drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.
Duties:
Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of rail yard engineers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 as fuel costs increase and rail becomes a cheaper alternative to trucks and automobiles. The long term freight transportation should continue to expand as global trade expands and rail freight benefits from the shipment of more goods.
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Performing routine maintenance and/or repairs on equipment using the appropriate tools.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Operating equipment and machinery.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.