Railroad activity in the United States is flourishing, with expansion across the industry - in freight, passenger (inter-urban and commuter), transit, and emerging high-speed rail. With increased activity comes the need for highly trained professionals to ensure operating safety, efficiency, and cost-effective use of resources. Yet many of the most experienced engineers and supervisors are retiring, leaving a gap in knowledge, experience and capability. This certificate program can help fill that need, as indicated by a market research study conducted in 2013 by the Education Advisory Board, which noted that “Completion of several courses in railroad engineering adequately prepares students to compete for employment in the rail transportation industry.” This graduate certificate is also designed for engineering professionals working in the area of railroad engineering or for those desiring to expand their knowledge of railroad engineering and related engineering disciplines, to thereby become viable candidates for advancement in the railroad industry.
Requirements for Admission:
Matriculated graduate students in civil or mechanical engineering are eligible to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering, using their elective course options to focus on the field and earn the certificate. Students should discuss this with their faculty advisor and notify their department’s Graduate or Undergraduate Academic Advisor.
Admissions and enrollment in railroad engineering certificate program courses by those who are not already matriculated in a graduate engineering degree program are managed through the Professional Engineering Outreach Program. GREs are not required for certificate program admission. The prospective student is required to submit a copy of his/her undergraduate transcript for review to ensure the necessary technical course background for success in the graduate railroad engineering courses. Those who hold an undergraduate degree in civil or mechanical engineering should meet the criteria. Upon approval by the Director of Professional Engineering Outreach, the student will be guided through the graduate admissions process. Part-time students are self- or industry-funded. Prospective students should contact Professional Engineering Outreach to begin the admission process:firstname.lastname@example.org; (302) 831-4863.