Associate in Science
The railroad industry is thriving and railroad companies are desperately looking for qualified workers to fill a variety of positions throughout the country. According to the Association of American Railroads, “freight railroads alone will hire thousands of new employees to build teams of skilled, highly motivated people to help safely transport materials and goods that sustain the nation’s economy and people.”
Gateway Community College offers a unique Associate in Science Degree in Railroad Engineering Technology with two options: Electromechanical and Signaling/Communications.
The Railroad Engineering Technology Program was designed in 2013 with railroad industry input and offers transferable college credit courses in pneumatics, hydraulics, motor controls, electronics, electricity, HVAC, radio communications, computer maintenance and most importantly safety.
The program will prepare students for employment on the railroad in such careers as Signal Maintainer, Lineman, Radio Maintainer, Communications Technician, Conductor, Electrician, Carman, and Train Dispatcher.
Currently, about one-third of the degree is online. GCC accepts many transfer credits from other colleges and universities, including a process to give some credit for life experience and military training.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will have an understanding of typical railroad rules and regulations, including changes that are a result of accidents and imposed by Federal Railroad Administration.
The Electromechanical Option will prepare students for industry exams in pursuit of technical career opportunities within the railroad industry where electromechanical knowledge and skills are required for employment. The major area within the railroad industry where graduates will be prepared for employment is in the repair and maintenance of railcars. As additional technology is introduced to a railcar, successful job applicants are required to possess the necessary skills to meet this change.
Communication and Signaling Option
The Signaling & Communications Option will prepare students for industry exams in pursuit of technical career opportunities within the railroad industry where communications and electronic knowledge and skills are required for employment. Graduates will have a basic understanding of the operation of railroad signaling, switching and communication systems; conduct entry-level troubleshooting and repair of signaling and communication systems.
**The first two semesters of both degree options are identical. Choice of the graduate option is not required until the third semester. Students may also choose to complete both options in additional time.
For information contact Rich Halkyard, Program Coordinator, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (203) 285-2311.