Rail Traffic Controller

Rail traffic controllers are in charge of making sure that trains are coordinated so that they run on time and that trips adhere to strict safety standards. They oversee all of the railroad employees that are assigned to their jurisdiction. In addition they are responsible for solving any problems that may occur not only in the railroad yard but also across their assigned territory. For example when there are track outages along a route they communicate with the train engineer to advise about any necessary modifications so that the trip can be completed with minimal delay. Rail traffic controllers need a high school diploma or the equivalent. In addition they must have several years of experience working in the railroad industry before they are considered for a rail traffic controller position. The larger railroads usually favor those with college courses in transportation logistics or engineering and prior experience as dispatchers. According to the website www.careerquestions.com before they are qualified to take on the full responsibility of the job train traffic controllers must complete up to 35 weeks of on-the-job and classroom training during which time they develop expertise in how to handle equipment and how to relay and interpret signals related to train movements. They must be familiar with computers because they are responsible for entering data into the various control systems to insure that the trains move safely. The job of rail traffic controller is often stressful because it involves monitoring the position and speed of more than one train at a time. According to the website httprailroadjobs.com rail traffic controllers earn a base salary while in training. Once they have successfully completed the training program they can earn approximately $5000 a month or $60000 a year.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $60000
High Salary: $70000
Low Salary: $50000
Tasks: Ensures the safe movement of trains on train tracks.
Helps to prevent railway delays.
Knows train timetables and schedules.
Communicates with train crew members.
Also Called: Railway Dispatcher
Yardmaster
Signal Maintainer
Switchman
Additional Resources: http://www.careerquestions.com/viewJobProfile.aspx?id=1795
http://www.railroadingjobs.com/Railroad_Careers.html
http://railroadjobs.com/trainDispatcherJobs.shtml