Locomotive Diesel Technician

WHAT DOES A LOCOMOTIVE DIESEL TECHNICIAN DO?

Join the field that moves the nation! Locomotive diesel technicians in the railway industry inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair locomotives. Our students benefit from a state-of-the-art training lab and industry-guided curriculum made possible by corporate partner BNSF Railway. Get on track to work for some of the nation's top railway companies! This career pathway can lead to a job with big engines and big pay that is in big demand.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

This program's curriculum was created by the National Academy of Railroad Sciences (NARS), which is a partnership between BNSF Railway and Johnson County Community College. It introduces students to the basic operation, maintenance, repair requirements and trouble shooting for EMD and GE diesel engines and support systems as well as 26L and 30 ACDW locomotive air brake systems. Also covered are applicable sections of Federal Railway Administration (FRA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, industry (Association of American Railroads regulations) and BNSF railway company procedures. Individuals enrolling in this two semester, 25 credit-hour program are encouraged to have foundational knowledge, skills and experience with diesel engines. Upon completion of this program, you can earn a NARS industry certification.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

The railway industry is expanding its workforce to meet growth demands and replace retiring workers. According to BNSF officials, diesel locomotive technicians are in high demand. They list starting pay between $24 - $29 per hour plus benefits. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job candidates with industry certification have a big advantage in the job market. It also lists Kansas among the top five states with the highest concentration of job opportunities in this field. (DOL statistics below)

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry

$30,800

$14.81

Average

$49,700

$23.89

CERTIFICATIONS

  • NARS

SCHEDULE

This program begins every January and August.

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (2 semester pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (2 semester pathway)
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 semester pathway)