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Railway Car Technician
3.5 to 4 years
Red Seal

Railway car technicians keep trains chugging along. They repair and rebuild mechanical, structural, electrical, and hydraulic components of railway passenger and freight cars. They are also responsible for the interiors of cars and windows. Railway car technicians must be able to work from blueprints and should expect some climbing or heavy lifting. They work with hand tools, power tools, and hoisting equipment.
Railway Car Technician

Certification Requirements
  • The Railway Car Technician apprenticeship consists of 7,280 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Apprentices must also complete 720 hours of in-class technical training.
  • Once you have successfully completed the apprenticeship requirements, you receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship and are considered a journeyperson candidate. If you choose to challenge the Certificate of Qualification exam and pass, you become certified as a journeyperson in the trade.
  • A person with at least 8,000 hours of related work experience is eligible to apply for a Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) and challenge the Certificate of Qualification exam to become certified as a journeyperson in this trade.

Educational Prerequisites
Grade 12 or equivalent.

In-Class Training
Please contact your local apprenticeship office for information on the availability of technical training for this program.