|Salary Growth (2010–2016):||+23%|
|Change in Employees (2010–2016):||+14%|
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.
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.
Wages in this field have grown by 23% over five years, with the median salary sitting around $70,000.
Opportunities for train crews and operators, including locomotive engineers, is currently matching supply, and is projected to stay that way for the foreseeable future.