Program Description

A stand-alone module of our established and highly respected Railway Management Certificate Program, this residential five-day program covers the essentials of railway engineering and technology from a managerial perspective. We combine classroom presentation of concepts with discussions led by rail industry subject matter experts, and site visits to see railroad engineering in action. Railway and Engineering and Technology brings together many aspects of the complex railway ecosystem.



On site at MxV with mix of classroom sessions and site visits

Rail Rolling Mill Visit; Locomotives and Rolling Stock classes

Communication Technology and Wrap-Up

For a copy of the latest schedule please email:littlen@msu.edu

Regional/short line railroad, major rail customer loading facilities, economic development sites (subject to availability.)


Key Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, participants will improve their understanding of how engineering and technological topics can impact managing today's and tomorrow’s railroad, such as:
  • Railway Engineering, Technology and Research and Development policy
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Infrastructure – Track, bridges, and other structures
  • Motive Power and Rolling Stock
  • Concepts of Railway Control and Signalling/Communications
  • Signaling and Interlocking
  • Positive Train Control
  • Hazardous Materials and Incident Response
  • Railway Telecommunications


Faculty and Speakers

Nick Little, Director Railway Education
Center for Railway Research and Education (MSU/CRRE)
Career with British Railways, supply chain management and executive education.

Select Subject Matter Experts including:

Andreas Hoffrichter, PhD
DB E.C.O. North America, Inc., Manager, Lead, Sustainable Mobility & Zero Emission Technologies
Expert in low- and zero-emissions motive power systems for freight and passenger railways.


Who Should Attend?

  • Railroad superintendents, trainmasters, and middle managers from transportation and support functions with capacity to perform at higher levels
  • Managers/leaders requiring learning opportunity beyond their experience who have had limited railroad industry broad education
  • Shippers needing to learn about the business of railroading to build better relationships to improve performance
  • Suppliers to the rail industry wishing to learn about the business of railroading to improve communication and understanding
  • Staff of rail agencies, regulators, policy bodies, and state/local government


Additional Information

Price includes instructional materials and site visits, faculty and staff support, overnight rooms, and daily breakfast and lunch.

Transportation to and from the program, and dinner most nights are not included.

Discounts available for multiple participants from the same company.

To utilize the best in adult learning practices, class size will be limited to twenty-five participants.

This program will comply with COVID-19 requirements at all class and site visit locations.

For more information visit www.raileducation.com.

Applies Towards the Following Series


Registration Contact:


+1 517 353-8711

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