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7361 – Railway and yard locomotive engineers

Railway locomotive engineers operate railway locomotives to transport passengers and freight. They are employed by railway transport companies. Yard locomotive engineers operate locomotives within yards of railway, industrial or other establishments. They are employed by railway transport companies and industrial or commercial users of rail transport.


Example titles

  • Locomotive engineer - railway
  • Railway engineer
  • Switch engineer - railway
  • Transfer hostler - railway
  • Yard engineer - railway

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    Railway locomotive engineers
    • Operate locomotives to transport passengers and freight on railways
    • Operate communication systems to communicate with train crews and traffic controllers to ensure safe operation and scheduling of trains
    • Inspect assigned locomotives and test operating controls and equipment.
    Yard locomotive engineers
    • Operate locomotives to switch, couple and uncouple cars for loading and unloading
    • Perform switching operations according to written switching orders or dispatched instructions
    • Inspect locomotives, replenish fuel or perform routine maintenance on locomotives.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Experience as a conductor is required for railway locomotive engineers and may be required for yard locomotive engineers.
  • Experience as a railway yard worker may be required for yard locomotive engineers.
  • Railway locomotive engineers require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.

Additional information

  • Mobility between railway transport companies or between establishments employing locomotive engineers may be limited due to seniority provisions of collective agreements.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
Skill level
B – Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training.
Major group
73 – Maintenance and equipment operation trades
Minor group
736 – Train crew operating occupations
Associated Career Handbook profiles
7361.1 – Railway locomotive engineers 7361.2 – Yard locomotive engineers
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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