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Locomotive Electrical Systems, Technical Certificate of Credit

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Program Description
The purpose of the Locomotive Electrical Systems certificate is to prepare individuals to work as electrical technicians in the rail industry specifically focusing on diesel/electric locomotives. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for entry-level positions in the rail industry as locomotive electrical technicians.
 
Program Length
A minimum of 58.5 credit hours is required for graduation.
A full time student should expect to complete requirements in 4 quarters.  

Salary Range
$35,360 to 39,520 annually

Career Opportunities
Employment potential in the railroad industry is very good. According to the U.S. Department of Labor- Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation employment growth in this field through year 2010 is expected to exceed 15%.

Career Traits/Requirements
An individual pursuing a job in the railway industry should be motivated, hard working, honest, dependable, logical thinking, and possess troubleshooting abilities. The person should be meticulous, and be able to follow instructions closely, and possess good technical and mathematical skills. Communication skills are useful, as is the ability to conduct basic research. They should also have good hand-eye coordination and not be color-blind.

Employment Condition
Federal Regulation requires railroad employees to be at least 18 years of age.

Program Courses

General Education

5

MAT 1013

Algebraic Concepts

5

Occupational Education

53.5

SCT 100

Introduction to Microcomputers

3

IFC 100

Industrial Safety Procedures

2

ADM 103

Basic Engine Theory

5

ELC 104

Soldering Technology

2

IFC 101

Direct Current Circuits I

4

IFC 102

Alternating Current I

4

ELC 110

Alternating Current II

4

IFC 103

Solid State Devices I

4

IDS 103

Industrial Wiring

6

IDS 105

DC and AC Motors

3

IDS 110

Fundamentals of Motor Control

3

IDS 113

Magnetic Starters and Braking

3

RRT 100

Introduction to the Railroad Industry

7

RRT 102

Locomotive Electrical Systems

3.5

Total Required Credits for Graduation

58.5

 

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