Recent article highlights how veterans are a good fit for jobs in the railroad industry
According to the Associated Press story, as thousands of American soldiers return to the civilian workforce after service in Iraq or Afghanistan, many are finding jobs on the nation’s rail lines. More than 25 percent of all U.S. railroad workers have served in the military.
DCTC’s 15-week Railroad Conductor Technology program prepares participants to serve as a railroad conductor in the railway industry, which is critical to our nation’s economic security. DCTC formed partnerships with Canadian Pacific Railway, Union Pacific Railroad and many other regional and short lines to develop a curriculum that puts our RRCT graduates on the fast track to employment in a $50-billion industry at the forefront of technology and energy efficiency.
Working on the Railroad
The operational rail yard at DCTC is unique to the Midwest. The quarter-mile track features several railcars, two switches and a trackmobile. Students get hands-on practice switching, coupling and communicating with an engineer. After successfully completing seven weeks of classroom and field exercises on campus, students are qualified to secure an eight-week internship with a railroad.
“As a graduate of our program, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that are in high demand,” says RRCT Instructor Don Spano. Employers make sure that the résumés of our graduates end up at the top of the applicant pile.”As a railroad conductor, you will oversee train routes, movements and car switching through a range of duties, including the relay of signals in emergency situations.