Railroad engineers are responsible for coordinating engineering tasks on railroads and must work well with other railroad professionals to achieve project objectives in a timely manner. They must verify that all safety and operational standards are met before railroad cars operate, and they're also tasked with planning transportation routes and helping to design alternative routes for greater efficiency.
These engineers coordinate with transportation officials to verify that construction of railroads meets specific government requirements. They may work with different industry managers in energy and transportation to achieve project goals, and they also track geometrics and civil engineering. They must be knowledgeable of infrastructure and a variety of engineering processes for railroad design and construction, and typically write reports based on their findings. They should be familiar with design applications to modify roads, schemes, and drawings, and usually report their progress to a railroad construction manager. They must follow specific guidelines before starting work on railroad design projects to minimize the risk of accidents, and strong communication skills are important in this position to relay technical ideas to staff.
Railroad engineers should be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time and carry heavy objects as necessary, and should be able to read blueprints, engineering plans, and other drawings to gain insight into project requirements. They also participate in training and maintenance tasks for other personnel. A bachelor's degree in an engineering-related field may be required for this position, and prior experience in the industry is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Railroad Engineer Tasks
Operate trains safely and within schedule and regulations.
React to emergency situations by providing clear direction and enforcing safety.
Communicate about train, cargo, passengers and environment.
Test, calibrate and ensure safety of equipment.