Canada’s Best Jobs: Locomotive Engineer

 
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Locomotive Engineer

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Median Salary: $73,340
Salary Growth (2010–2016): +23%
Total Employees: 6,200
Change in Employees (2010–2016): +14%

Job Description:

This job is split between two complementary roles: railway locomotive engineers are expected to operate the trains carrying passengers or freight, while communicating properly with their crew and traffic controllers; while yard locomotive engineers specifically operate trains at the yard, uncoupling and switching cars, and inspecting and refuelling the locomotives.

Job Qualifications:

Experience as a conductor is needed to be a railway locomotive engineer, and you’ll need to work as a railway yard worker to work as a yard locomotive engineer. Additionally, railway locomotive engineers need a certificate of the Canadian Railway Operating Rules.

Salary:

Wages in this field have grown by 23% over five years, with the median salary sitting around $70,000.

Career Opportunity:

Opportunities for train crews and operators, including locomotive engineers, is currently matching supply, and is projected to stay that way for the foreseeable future.


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