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Locomotive Engineers

Overview

Locomotive engineers, also known as train 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 37,490 locomotive engineers employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Decline
Personality Traits

Hands On

Realistic

Technical

Career Ladder
Supervisor

Locomotive Engineer

"Extra" Locomotive Engineer

Railroad Conductor