NOC 7362 – Railway conductors and brakemen/women


  • brake worker – switching yard
  • brakeman/woman
  • brakeman/woman – railway
  • brakeman/woman – railway yard
  • brakeman/woman – switching yard
  • conductor – railway yard
  • conductor – road freight
  • conductor – switching yard
  • conductor, passenger train
  • conductor, railway
  • freight train brakeman/woman
  • freight train conductor
  • front-end brakeman/woman
  • head brakeman/woman
  • passenger train brakeman/woman
  • passenger train conductor
  • pullman conductor
  • railway conductor
  • road freight brakeman/woman
  • sleeping car conductor
  • tail-end brakeman/woman
  • train conductor

Job Duties

Railway conductors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise and co-ordinate the activities of passenger and freight train crew members (except locomotive engineers) to ensure train operations are in accordance with schedule, train orders and code of operating rules
  • Receive train orders and explain orders to brakemen/women, locomotive engineer and other crew members
  • Communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to give and receive train operation information
  • Collect fares on board passenger trains, announce approaching train stops and answer passenger enquiries
  • Prepare train run reports.

Brakemen/women perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Check train systems and equipment such as air conditioning and heating systems, brakes and brake hoses prior to train run
  • Communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to aid in the movement and operation of train
  • Receive orders from traffic controllers, observe signals and track conditions and open and close track switches
  • Set and release hand brakes and connect air brake hoses to couple and switch passenger or freight cars, making minor repairs to couplings, air hoses and wheel-bearing boxes as required
  • Assist in collecting fares and helping passengers on and off train.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Experience as a brakeman/woman is required for conductors.
  • Experience as a railway worker is usually required for brakemen/women.
  • Railway conductors require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.
  • Brakemen/women require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.

Additional Information

  • With experience, brakemen/women may progress to railway conductors.
  • With experience, railway conductors may progress to locomotive engineers.


  • Railway and yard locomotive engineers (7361)
  • Supervisors, railway transport operations (7304)

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