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  • $65,980
  • 38,800
  • 2.9
  • -2.8%
  • High school diploma
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Overview

Most rail companies require a high school diploma or equivalent for locomotive engineers. Locomotive engineers generally receive two-to-three months of on-the-job training before they can operate a train on their own. Typically, this training involves riding with an experienced engineer who teaches them the nuances of that particular train route.

During training, an engineer learns the track length, where the switches are, or any unusual features of the track. An experienced engineer who switches to a new route also has to spend a few months in training to learn the route with an engineer who is familiar with it.
In addition, railroad companies provide continuing education so that engineers can maintain their skills.

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Career Attributes

  • $65,980
  • 38,800
  • 2.9
  • -2.8%
  • High school diploma
More Attributes