MCCC to Place Rail Transportation Industry Professionals
on the Right Track


West Windsor, N.J. -- With a growing emphasis on energy and environmental concerns, cities across America are investing heavily in new railroad infrastructure to develop both passenger and freight transportation, says Mark Mattis, a New Jersey Transit senior training specialist and engineer who leads the new Locomotive Engineer & Conductor Basic Training Program at Mercer County Community College.

Beginning February 28, the college's Center for Continuing Studies will offer the noncredit training, geared for individuals interested in becoming locomotive engineers, conductors, trainee dispatchers, and transportation management trainees. Students will receive a complete overview of railroad operations, equipment, safety, infrastructure and operating rules. Upon completion, participants will be eligible to interview and test for well-paid positions at heavy or light rail companies across the United States.

Mattis says there is a dramatic increase in demand for people to fill various positions in the industry. He says average starting salaries for these types of positions nationally can range from $65,000 to $100,000.

Fourteen class sessions will be offered on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 28 and continuing through April 21 at MCCC's West Windsor Campus. Tuition and fees of $350 include materials. Participants must have at least a high school diploma or GED to enroll. Those with technical training and/or college credits have an added advantage.

To register or for more information about this and other noncredit courses offered by MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies, call (609) 570-3311 or e-mail

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