Railroad Operations

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

This program is designed for students pursuing a career as a Railroad Conductor, Engineer or Manager of Train Operations.

Career Opportunities

Sacramento City College’s certificate of achievement and degree program in Railroad Operations prepares students for an exciting and well-paying career. The more than five hundred companies that make up the United States Railroad industry provide the country’s freight and passenger transportation service on a network of some 300,000 route-miles of track. Railroads employ a substantial workforce to service, maintain, and manage this extensive transportation network.

Railroad Operations is an 19-unit, six-course program. The curriculum is approved by the Railroad Education and Training Association. In addition to normal student expenses, the Railroad Operations Program requires an additional expenditure of approximately $350.00 for protective clothing, work boots, and safety equipment. Contact the Financial Aid office for possible assistance before entering the program.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • be a high school graduate or have obtained a GED
  • must have no criminal record
  • must have no moving violations within the last three years
  • must have no drug convictions
  • must be capable of lifting 90 pounds

Recommended High School Preparation

English, mathematics, physics, electronics, mechanics, and computers.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • qualify for an interview for a Conductor, Engineer or Management Position.
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills appropriate for an entry level railroad position.
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills pertaining to industry history, careers, operations, safety, quality, environment, procedures, and operating rules.

Associate in Science Degree

The Railroad Operations Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by the completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.