Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators (NOC 2275)

About this job

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Railway traffic controllers:

  • coordinate passenger and freight train traffic on railways
  • work for rail transport companies

Marine traffic regulators:

  • monitor and regulate coastal and inland marine traffic within assigned waterways
  • work for port, harbour, canal and lock authorities and the Canadian Coast Guard
Common job titles
  • checker, traffic - waterways
  • dispatcher, train / locomotive
  • operator, centralized traffic control
  • checker, traffic - waterways
  • dispatcher, train / locomotive
  • operator, centralized traffic control

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$74,456

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Railway traffic controllers:

  • operate and monitor centralized traffic control systems to coordinate and follow railway traffic
  • chart train movements, calculate arrival and departure times and record rail traffic information
  • give instructions to control the movement of passenger and freight train traffic and on-track mobile maintenance equipment
  • receive, record and relay train instructions to train crew by hand or radio telephone
  • may supervise and train other railway traffic controllers

Marine traffic regulators:

  • direct and monitor vessel movements using radar or closed circuit monitors, remote radio systems and other telecommunication equipment
  • get position, course, speed and estimated arrival time of vessels and monitor vessel progress through traffic zone
  • give clearance instructions to vessels, inform vessels of traffic volumes and weather conditions, and relay information to next marine traffic control sector
  • report accidents, distress signals, navigational hazards and other emergencies to authorities
  • maintain radio and telephone contact with adjacent marine control sectors and with vessels within area of jurisdiction
  • maintain log of vessel movements, size and structure

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a typical controlled environment.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Railway traffic controllers usually require completion of secondary school and several years of experience in the railway industry.
  • Up to 35 weeks of a combination of classroom and on-the-job training is provided for railway traffic controllers.
  • Railway traffic controllers require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.
  • Marine traffic regulators require completion of secondary school and several months of formal traffic regulator training.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Directive
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Academic/Basic Upgrading

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Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
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Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
90
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North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
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Northeast
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0
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Thompson-Okanagan
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0
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Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
20
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Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, railway traffic controllers may progress to supervisory positions in rail transport operations.

There is little movement between traffic controlling occupations in the railway and marine sectors.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.