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Railway Conductor

Waitlisted for Fall 2021

Open for Spring 2022

Open for Winter 2022

Length: 15 Weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Upcoming Information Sessions

This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options

Overview

Train to become a railway conductor and be responsible for moving, marshalling and switching rail cars and more with hands-on courses that cover operating procedures, handling of dangerous goods and railway safety.

The Railway Conductor (RRCD) program will prepare the student for a career in operations in the Canadian Railway industry. The student will learn in a variety of settings including classrooms, labs, a private mini rail yard (complete with track and rail cars), and visits to nearby industrial sites. Over the course of the program, the student will learn about the Canadian Railway Operating Rules (CROR) and the related instructions and processes.

Students will also learn operating procedures including train marshalling, handling of dangerous goods, documentation and all of the specific responsibilities of a conductor. Finally, you will learn using actual rail equipment about the mechanical components of rail cars including air braking systems and communication systems.

Currently, the railway industry is experiencing significant growth and there are increased demands for transportation and distribution of commodities and /or finished manufactured products. The high demand for our graduates is also the result of pressures brought on by high retirement rates as the demographics of an aging workforce influence the hiring rates and practices of the railways. The major railways have significant hiring and recruiting strategies in place for the next several years.

Is this the right fit for me?

Conductor graduates must have a strong orientation towards safety, as well as excellent verbal and written English, good planning, decision-making and communication skills to work in the rail industry. Railways operate 24-hours a day, 365 days-a-year. 

The work of a conductor requires regular physical activity outdoors in all types of weather. Conductors need to be in good physical condition and able to lift heavy objects (up to 85 lbs.). 

Applicants to the railway companies are expected to pass government-mandated medical examinations including testing for vision including colour, hearing acuity and drug screening. Applicants to railway jobs are also given security screening by the hiring railway. Persons with concerns should consult with the employment office(s) of the respective railway(s). 

Personal security information may be obtained from the local police force for a fee.  To gain employment in the rail industry as a conductor, the student is responsible for determining the minimum medical and physical standards required by individual rail companies. SAIT does not provide screening services for the purpose of meeting these standards.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate as a Railway Conductor.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in: 

  • Canada’s two national railways 
  • short-line or regional carriers 
  • industrial rail operations 

Related careers: 

  • locomotive engineer 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $11,896

Year 1 (International): $18,552

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for spring 2022 opened on June 14, 2021.
Term Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 Dec. 17, 2021
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 April 29, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022

How to apply

On the job: The life of a railroader

Locomotive engineer Leslie Lukan drives 60 miles an hour with 14,000 tonnes and more than two miles of train behind her. Her work assembling and driving freight trains is vital to Canada's economy, moving goods 365 days a year, 24/7.

Admission requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021, until the program start date but are subject to change. 
  • Spring 2022 start: Applications open June 14, 2021, until the program start date but are subject to change. 

Admission requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20-3 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20, and,
  • A Grade 12 English
  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Railway Conductor and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Courses

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Course code Course name Credit
COMP-264 Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications 1.5
RCDR-205 Leadership for Conductors 1.5
RLOP-202 Performing Inspections 1.5
RLOP-205 Railway Operations Introduction 3.0
RLOP-207 Railway Business 1.5
RLOP-208 Railway Practical Lab 3.0
RLOP-240 Marshalling and Switching 1.5
RMGT-202 Railway Culture 1.5
RMGT-210 Industrial Organization of Railways 1.5
RREG-210 Career Readiness 1.5
RREG-212 Rules and Regulations for Conductors 6.0
SAFE-227 Railway Safety 1.5
SGNL-204 Air Brake Systems and Tests 1.5
Program total 27.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $10,563 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $11,896

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $17,219 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $18,552

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $600.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Students must wear approved safety footwear.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Sept.7. Watch your inbox for the time and location.
Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone:  403.210.4141
Email:  transportation.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Jason Purdy
Email: jason.purdy@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

Centre for Rail Training and Technology
403.284.8471 
transportation.info@sait.ca

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