Railroad Conductor Technology

Railroad Conductor Technology

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location

Major Description

This program prepares students to serve as railroad conductors in the railway industry, which is critical to our nation's livelihood. Retirement rates of current conductors promise excellent job opportunities. DCTC formed partnerships with BNSF, Railway, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific Railway, Union Pacific Railroad and many other regional and short lines to develop a curriculum that puts graduates on the fast track to employment in the industry.

Admissions Requirements or Prerequisites

In addition to the requirements on the Admissions Checklist, program applicants must comply with the following:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • H.S. diploma or GED
  • Medical exam
  • Pass color blindness test
  • Vision and hearing acuity
  • Approval by physician to perform on the job
  • U.S. citizen or social security number
  • Pass fitness test

Industry Partners

Twin Cities & Western Railroad, Union Pacific, Red River Valley & Western Railroad, Canadian Pacific RailwayProgressive Rail Inc., Minnesota Commercial Railway, Chicago Southshore & South Bend Railroad, Northern Plains Railroad, Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad and Northern Lines Railway.

Railroad Conductor Technology Advisor & Instructors
Kerry Lurken
Kerry Lurken
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
Lea Schendel
Lea Schendel
Larry Lewis
Larry Lewis
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Program Costs*

Railroad Conductor Technology
  Railroad Conductor Technology
Certificate – 16 credits
Tuition $292.69/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr.
Grand Total $5,026.24

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That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Railroad Conductor Technology

Work Environment

Railroad conductors oversee train routes, movements and car switching through a range of duties, including the relay of signals for safe train movements. Conductors work irregular hours, including holidays, weekends, days and nights for shifts up to 12 hours. Constantly alert to changing conditions, they are trained to act safely and responsibly.

Job Outlook

According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for railroad conductors and yardmasters is expected to grow 1.8 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. ISEEK: "There will be a need for about 250 new Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth."

Gainful Employment Reports

Career Information

Career Information is not currently available from CareerWise for this program.
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Transfer Options

Railroad Conductor Technology

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Sorry, there are no Articulation Agreements in place for this program.
Don't worry though, courses in this program may still transfer to other colleges or universities. Visit Transferology for fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


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Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Railroad Conductor Technology

The Railroad Conductor Technology program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success as well as the accomplishments of our instructors.

Railroad Conductor Technology News

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Clubs & Organizations

Railroad Conductor Technology

As a student in DCTC's Railroad Conductor Technology program, you can advance your professional development by networking with industry leaders and fellow technicians as well as through involvement in student organizations on campus.

Student Involvement on Campus

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.