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7304 – Supervisors, railway transport operations

Supervisors of railway transport operations supervise and co-ordinate the activities of railway and yard locomotive engineers, railway yard workers and railway labourers. They are employed by railway transport companies.


Example titles

  • Freight train road foreman/woman
  • Railway transport operations supervisor
  • Stationmaster
  • Trainmaster
  • Yard foreman/woman – railway
  • Yardmaster – railway

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who operate trains, drive locomotives in railway yards and perform other duties related to railway operations
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve performance
  • Requisition materials and supplies
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policy
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions
  • Prepare work reports.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • A Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate is required.
  • A certificate in accordance with the Railway Employee Qualification Standards Regulations is required.
  • Several years of railway operations experience are required.


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