National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.0


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7304 - Supervisors, railway transport operations

Supervisors in this unit group 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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • freight train road foreman/woman
    • railway transport operations supervisor
    • stationmaster
    • trainmaster
    • yard foreman/woman - railway
    • yardmaster - railway

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Supervisors of railway car repairers and locomotive mechanics (See 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)
    • Supervisors of railway track maintenance crews (See 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)
  • Main duties

    Supervisors in this unit group perform 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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