Rail training for the future

All aspects of the railway operations system are interconnected, from tracks and signals to cars and locomotives to operations and control. The performance of one relies on the performance of the other. System performance relies on the performance of the workers.

Canada's railway faces many exciting challenges today, and SAIT is working alongside the industry to meet those challenges. There is a demand in the railway industry for a workforce that can master new technologies and skills and adapt to structural change. Individuals who plan to make a career on the railway as professional railroaders are crucial to the industry's success.

Centre for Rail Training and Technology

A group of students stand on a rail car at SAIT's Centre for Rail Training and TechnologyThe School of Transportation has been providing premiere technology training solutions for the railway industry since the opening of its Centre for Rail Training and Technology in 1999.

The centre offers modern, state-of-the-practice facilities, such as:

  • a signal lab
  • regular switches and track setups
  • a mini-rail yard with 30 cars.


Parts/Materials Technician apprenticeship

Credential type  Journeyperson   International applicants  Not open to international applicants   Program length  3 periods

Prepare for a career as a parts technician by learning to manage and disperse automotive, heavy-duty, industrial, after-market, plumbing and electrical parts.

Parts/Materials Technician

Railway Conductor

Credential type  Certificate   International applicants  International applicants accepted   Program length  12 weeks

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

Railway Conductor

Main Office

School of Transportation

TT468Thomas Riley building, Main office

403.284.8471 transportation.info@sait.ca