Educational Training Descriptions:
There are alternative paths for interested individuals to get ready for rail industry careers. The common paths are either university or operational. The following provides a short introduction to alternative pathways and examples of available programs.
BS, MS & PhD:
Obtaining a degree in higher education allow for concentrated studies in a specific field of study (Michigan Tech and other universities). Individuals whom graduate with these levels of education typically enter the field as management or technical experts. Some examples of these types of degrees are: engineering, marketing, business, accounting/finance, transportation and logistics.
Operational Workforce Education/ Training:
Operational workforce education and training prepare individuals for entry level and lower level management positions. These types of programs can range from months (certificate / certification training) to a few years (Associate Degree), depending on educational focus. Most programs are offered through community colleges or specialized technical schools. Some examples of these types of education / training are: conductors, locomotive engineers, first hand mechanical, signals / telecom, maintenance or operations personal, first hand management.