Turn to Bucks and NJ Transit to get your career right on track

‘Career Tracks in the Railroad Industry’ on Feb. 1 explains opportunities ahead of an introductory course that starts Feb. 15 at Bristol

Bucks County Community College invites the public to “Career Tracks in the Railroad Industry,” a free information session on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks.

The session provides an overview of what to expect if you enroll in the college’s Locomotive Engineer and Conductor Basic Training Program, an 11-week course that starts Saturday, Feb. 15, in partnership with NJ Transit.

The 80-hour introductory course prepares students to apply for a training program to become an engineer or conductor on a freight or passenger rail line.

Subjects covered include, but are not limited to: career opportunities in the railroad industry; duties and responsibilities of locomotive engineers and conductors; communication: radio, face-to-face, fax and phone; signal system: hand signals and train movement; rail operations procedure, safety and rules; yard switching operations, both freight and passenger; and hazmat materials: class, group, practices and handling rules.

Engineers can earn a training salary up to $53,000 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. After training and certification, which takes about two years, salaries range from $60,000 and higher.

The free information session from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, will explain more about the course. Those who register for the course at the information session will receive a 10 percent discount on tuition.

For more information, contact Donna Kirn at 215-497-8729 or donna.kirn@bucks.edu. To register, call Continuing Education at 215-968-8409.

The Locomotive Engineer and Conductor Basic Training Program meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 11 Saturdays, from Feb. 15 to May 2 (no class on April 11) at the Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks, located at 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol. Tuition is $999. To learn more, visit tinyurl.com/BucksRail or email coned@bucks.edu. To register, visit bucks.edu/con-ed or call 215-968-8409.