Railroad Operations

Associate Degree

A.S. in Railroad Operations

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


Recommended High School Preparation: English, mathematics, physics, electronics, mechanics, and computers.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
RAILR 100 History of Railroading 3
RAILR 102 Railroad Technical Careers 3
RAILR 120 Railroad Operations 3
RAILR 122 Railroad Safety, Quality, and Environment 3
RAILR 140 Railroad General Code of Operating Rules 4
RAILR 142 Railroad Field Operations 3
Total Units: 19

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.

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

Student Learning Outcomes

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.

Career Information

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.

Certificate of Achievement

Railroad Operations Certificate

This program is designed for students pursuing a career as a Railroad Conductor or Engineer.


Recommended High School Preparation: English, mathematics, physics, electronics, mechanics and computers.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
RAILR 100 History of Railroading 3
RAILR 102 Railroad Technical Careers 3
RAILR 120 Railroad Operations 3
RAILR 122 Railroad Safety, Quality, and Environment 3
RAILR 140 Railroad General Code of Operating Rules 4
RAILR 142 Railroad Field Operations 3
Total Units: 19

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

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • qualify for an interview for a Conductor or Engineer Position with a Class I Railroad.
  • 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.

Career Information

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.