Minor in Rail Transportation

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Rail Industry? Michigan Tech is now offering a Minor in Rail Transportation Engineering.

The minor is targeted to Undergraduate and Graduate students with interests in the rail transportation industry, with a mix of discipline specific and multi-disciplinary class requirements. The program provides students with the basic skills and background necessary to rapidly become effective specialists and leaders in the railroad industry. 

In addition to courses geared specifically towards the rail industry and engineering, students also learn logistics, management, leadership, and communications skills to meet the demands of rail industry careers.  Railroads are looking for graduates with versatile skills, who can become effective engineers, managers and team leaders in various company positions, and understand the requirements placed by the industry on its professional staff. 

This minor assists students in preparing to meet those needs. Please scroll down for additional details!

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Learning Goals

Disciplinary Knowledge

Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts and technologies, system components, industry terminology, and engineering and operational practices of the rail industry and rail transportation as part of overall transportation system.

Professional Development

Students will be able to apply concepts and technologies toward practical applications, including design and data analysis of various system components


Students will demonstrate an understanding of leadership principles, problem solving, management fundamentals, motivation, mentoring, and effective communication. 


Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.


Students will demonstrate understanding of the importance placed on safety by the rail industry and the fundamental processes to achieve it.

Course Requirements

In order to earn the minor, students are required to complete a minimum of 19 credits from the courses listed. The flow chart below outlines the core and elective course requirements and lists all the available courses. Additional courses with a rail focus may be added as electives in the future. For a detailed list of available courses click here.


*   An independent study, project, or a senior or enterprise design course with a railroad focus in the student’s major discipline, or a course in rail topics from another university may be substituted for one of the Railroad Focus courses with prior written approval by the Director, Rail Transportation Program.

Rail Transportation Program
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI. 49931-1295
Phone: 1-906-487-3547
Fax: 1-906-487-2943
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