Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators (NOC 2275)

About this job

Railway traffic controllers coordinate passenger and freight train traffic. Marine traffic regulators monitor and regulate coastal and inland marine traffic within assigned waterways.

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Railway traffic controllers work for rail transport companies. Marine traffic regulators work for port, harbour, canal and lock authorities, as well as the Canadian Coast Guard.

Common job titles
  • checker, traffic - waterways
  • dispatcher, train / locomotive
  • operator, centralized traffic control


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.

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.