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Railway Yard and Track Maintenance Workers

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NOC:7531
Occupation:Railway Yard and Track Maintenance Workers
Category:Trades and Transportation

About the job

Nature of work:

Railway yard workers regulate yard traffic, couple and uncouple trains and perform related yard activities. Railway track maintenance workers operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks. They are employed by railway transport companies.

Job duties:
Railway yard and track maintenance workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate control panel switches from railway yard tower to set traffic signals and to activate train switches that regulate railway traffic in railway yards.
  • Operate car retarders, turntables and track switches to align locomotives and cars as required for coupling, uncoupling or servicing.
  • Operate machines and equipment to lay, maintain and repair railway tracks, align tracks, transfer, spread, level and tamp ballast around ties and rails and to clear snow from tracks.
  • Switch cars according to instructions which indicate the location, disposition and number of cars.
  • Lubricate moving parts of railway cars and locomotives.
  • Clean and make minor repairs to machines and equipment.
  • Patrol assigned track sections to identify and report damaged or broken track.
  • Perform other track maintenance duties as directed.
Sample job titles:
  • control tower operator - railway
  • locomotive attendant - railway yard
  • railway line inspector
  • railway maintenance equipment operator
  • railway signalman/woman
  • railway track repairer
  • yard worker - railway
Skills:

To work in these jobs, you should have good health, physical stamina, and strength. Agility, coordination, and a mechanical aptitude would be helpful. You must be able to work methodically, take direction, work as a member of a team, and carry out instructions given by supervisors. On occasion, protective clothing, goggles, and safety boots must be worn. In these jobs, you may be exposed to noise and fumes.

Job requirements:
  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Experience as a railway labourer is required.
  • On the job training is provided
  • Railway yard workers require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.
Other considerations:

Progression to a position such as brakeman is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. Railway Yard and Track Maintenance Workers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 78% of Railway Yard and Track Maintenance Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $51,646. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2015 and 2017Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2015-2017Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2010
Railway Yard and Track Maintenance Workers50xxx
Minimum: $10.50
Median: $21.00
Maximum: $33.92
Minimum: $27,572
Median: $48,225
Maximum: $81,378
Occupations in Trades and Transportation60,500Weak Growth3,664High
Minimum: $12.50
Median: $20.00
Maximum: $33.00
Minimum: $9,136
Median: $37,048
Maximum: $69,590
Railway Yard and Track Maintenance WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
Percent employed full-time100%90%
Percent self-employed0%11%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentRailway Yard and Track Maintenance WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern RegionN/AN/A12%$30,581
Northern Region22%x16%$33,660
Cape BretonN/AN/A12%$32,974
Halifax78%x48%$41,209
Annapolis ValleyN/AN/A13%$32,958
Top 5 Industries of Employment% Employed
Transportation and Warehousing100%
What are the workers like?
AgeRailway Yard and Track Maintenance WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
15-24xx
25-34x8%
35-44x39%
45-5467%41%
55-64x11%
65+xx
Median Age5346
GenderRailway Yard and Track Maintenance WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
Female0%4%
Male100%96%
EducationRailway Yard and Track Maintenance WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx19.1%$25,753
High school66.7%$51,46323.1%$28,089
Trades certificatexx31.6%$40,890
College certificate or diplomaxx21.4%$39,023
University certificate or diplomaxx1.5%$35,969
Bachelor's degreexx2.8%$36,972
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx0.2%$41,705
Master's degreexx0.2%x
Doctoratexx0.0%$36,029
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxxN/A$3,714
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Railway Association of Canada
99 Bank Street, Suite 901
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel: (613) 567-8591
Fax: (613) 567-6726
rac@railcan.ca
Transport Canada
45 Alderney Drive, Suite 1475
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6
Tel: (902) 426-6030

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
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