Locomotive Engineer

Locomotive engineers specializing in conducting and transport operate locomotives and other rail-based transportation in mainline and commuter railways, transporting goods and passengers. As streetcar and subway operators they ensure that rail transport runs punctually, smoothly and reliably.

Locomotive engineers specializing in conducting and transport find work with goods and passenger rail transport companies and with streetcar and subway companies. They can also find work on industrial railways in coal and lignite mining, in iron and steel production and in rail vehicle construction.

Course structure – areas of study

  • In the first and second year of training
  • Use of railway company infrastructure to provide transport services
  • Safely conducting in railway stations
  • Safely conducting between railway stations
  • Check vehicle usability and safety
  • Check rail vehicle brake systems
  • Executing shunting drives
  • Train forming
  • Train operation
  • Conduct trains in regular operation
  • Check and maintain locomotives
  • Specialist training in conducting and transport starts in the third year of training
  • Train conducting when deviations from regular operation occur
  • Train conducting when operational and technical deviations occur
  • Conduct locomotives
  • Plan measures for hazardous events during railway operation
  • Plan, implement and assess transport services

Career opportunities

Locomotive engineers specializing in conducting and transport find employment with railway operators in goods and passenger transport.

After training, locomotive engineers have to decide on a field and specialization. The choices range from locomotive conducting to train manning.

Training Centers

  • Homburg Training Center









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