Locomotive Engineers

Locomotive engineers operate the diesel locomotive engines that pull all types of trains, including cross-country freight trains and passenger trains. They also work in switchyards, where freight cars are joined together or broken apart. A locomotive engineer is generally the highest union position to which a railroad worker can advance. There are approximately 51,100 locomotive engineers employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Skills
  • Leadership
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required

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