Railway conductors and brakemen/women (NOC 7362)

About this job

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Railway conductors:

  • coordinate and supervise the activities of passenger and freight train crew members

Brakemen/women:

  • check train brakes and other systems and equipment prior to train run
  • help railway conductors with activities en route

These workers are employed by railway transport companies.

Common job titles
  • brake worker - switching yard
  • brakeworker, freight / passenger train
  • brake worker - switching yard
  • brakeworker, freight / passenger train

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$65,175

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 conductors:

  • supervise and coordinate the activities of passenger and freight train crew members (except locomotive engineers) to make sure train operations follow schedule, train orders and code of operating rules
  • receive train orders and explain them to brakemen/women, locomotive engineer and other crew members
  • communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to give and receive train operation information
  • collect fares on board passenger trains, announce approaching train stops and answer passenger inquiries
  • prepare train run reports

Brakemen/women:

  • check train systems and equipment such as air conditioning and heating systems, brakes and brake hoses prior to train run
  • communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to aid in the movement and operation of train
  • receive orders from traffic controllers, observe signals and track conditions and open and close track switches
  • set and release hand brakes and connect air brake hoses to couple and switch passenger or freight cars, making minor repairs to couplings, air hoses and wheel-bearing boxes as needed
  • help with collecting fares
  • helping passengers on and off train

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors and outdoors, so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Work also takes place on trains.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be a potential source of injury.
  • The workplace may be noisy enough to affect hearing.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Experience as a brakeman/woman is required for conductors.
  • Experience as a railway worker is usually required for brakemen/women.
  • Railway conductors require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.
  • Brakemen/women require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Spatial Perception
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Object-Oriented
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Social
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Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
160
Average annual employment growth:
-0.2%
Expected number of job openings:
30
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
110
Average annual employment growth:
0.1%
Expected number of job openings:
20
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
620
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
160
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
200
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
70
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
100
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
570
Average annual employment growth:
3.0%
Expected number of job openings:
310
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

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