Train Crew Operating Occupations

Railway locomotive engineers transport passengers and freight on railways. Yard locomotive engineers switch, couple and uncouple cars for loading and unloading goods within the yards of railway, industrial and other organizations. Railway conductors co-ordinate and supervise the activities of passengers and freight crew members, except for railway locomotive engineers, to ensure that trains operate according to schedules, orders, and operating rules. Railway brakemen/women check train brakes and other systems and equipment prior to train runs and assist railway conductors in activities en route.


  • High school diploma.
  • Most of these occupations also require different levels of certification in Canadian Rail operating rules.