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Pennsylvania college offers introductory course for engineers, conductors

For the sixth-straight year, Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa., is offering a locomotive engineer and conductor basic training program. Classes begin May 4.

The college's division of continuing education will conduct information sessions on the 65-hour introductory course April 15 and 22. Targeted at people who are considering a career change to the rail industry, the course helps prepare students to enter an engineer or conductor training program at a freight or passenger railroad.

"Students will learn railroad operating rules, air brake theory, locomotive operation, and … how to interview and apply for a training program," said course instructor Mark Mattis, a senior training specialist for New Jersey Transit, in a press release.

Engineers can earn a training salary of $40,000 to $50,000 per year, and after a two-year training and certification process, their annual salaries can range from $60,000 to more than $100,000, he said.

Students enrolled in the course will meet twice a week from May 4 to June 25 at the college's Newtown campus.

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