Rail Courseware

The Transportation Learning Center (the Center) organizes multiple national training consortia to develop standards-based national training courseware for frontline occupations in public transportation organizations.

Rail courseware is currently organized into three broad categories - “Rail Car Training Consortium Materials”, “Signals Training Consortium Materials”, and “Traction Power Training Consortium Materials”. Materials are based on the national rail vehicle maintenance training standards, rail signals maintenance training standards, and traction power maintenance training standards published by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).  Courseware Development Teams (CDTs), comprised of subject matter experts and instructional designers, hold regular webinars, site visits and in-person meetings to produce these materials.

Please use the navigation on the right to locate courseware of your interest. Access to full downloads and technical assistance for training and apprenticeship implementation is provided to members in good standing. Please contact our staff members listed under each consortium for information on membership.

100 Level Courses

Course 100: Introduction and Overview of Rail Vehicle Systems, Operation and Maintenance

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Course 100, Introduction and Overview of Rail Vehicle Systems, Operation and Maintenance course is to assist the participant in orientation to rail vehicles as well as general inspection and maintenance practices. This course is organized into five modules: 1. Introduction to the Rail Vehicle 2. Vehicle Worker Protection and Shop Safety 3. Introduction to Resources 4. Introduction to Rail Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance 5. Introduction to Rail Vehicle Systems.

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Course 101: Introduction and Overview to Rail Vehicle Couplers

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Course 101, Introduction and Overview to Rail Vehicle Couplers, provides participants with an overview to the principles of couplers and their major components. This course addresses three specific types of couplers; Scharfenburg, Tomlinson and Buckeye. The course is designed so that instructors can engage participants in a series of activities that help them prepare for work on couplers in a rail vehicle maintenance facility. This course is organized into six modules: Overview, Scharfenburg Coupler, Tomlinson Coupler, Buckeye Coupler, Operating a Coupler, Inspection and Maintenance Tools.

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Course 102: Introduction and Overview to Truck Systems

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Course 102, Introduction and Overview to Truck Systems, provides participants with an overview to the principles of trucks and their major components. The course is designed so that instructors can engage participants in a series of activities that help them prepare for work on trucks in a rail vehicle maintenance facility. Course content is supplemented with instructional videos and real-world application of the course content to their work. This course is organized into five modules: Overview, Suspension, Gearboxes, Wheels and Axles, and Tools.

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Course 103: Introduction and Overview to Propulsion and Dynamic Braking Systems

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Course 103, Introduction and Overview to Propulsion and Dynamic Braking Systems, is a five-module course that provides participants with an overview to the principles of propulsion systems as they prepare to work on those systems in a transit rail maintenance facility. NOTE: Module 2 is dedicated to AC motors and Module 3 to DC motors. The course instructor can choose to use one or both of these modules depending on their training needs. As such, this course has pre-course and post-course assessments for either of the two topics. Please contact Xinge Wang at the Transportation Learning Center for more information regarding the delivery of this course.

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Course 104: Introduction and Overview to APS and Battery Systems

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​Course 104, Introduction and Overview to APS and Battery Systems, is a five-module course that provides participants with an overview to the principles of APS and battery systems and prepares to work on those systems in a transit rail car maintenance facility.

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Course 105: Introduction and Overview to Friction Braking Systems

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This course presents an overview of the principles of friction braking systems and their major components to prepare the new maintenance technician for work on those systems. Course participants engage in a series of activities that help them prepare to work on friction brakes in a maintenance facility for passenger rail cars. Content is supplemented with examples to support participants’ successful application of the course content to their work. This course is organized into six modules. Please note that Module 2 is specific to pneumatic braking and Module 3 to hydraulic braking. The course instructor may choose to use one or both of these modules depending on their training needs.

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Course 106: Introduction and Overview of HVAC Systems

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Course 106:Introduction and Overview of HVAC Systems is to provide participants with an orientation to rail car HVAC basic principles and key components. This course is organized into three modules: 1. Overview of Rail Car HVAC and General Safety Procedures 2. Background Knowledge 3. Tools

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Course 107: Introduction and Overview to Current Collection

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​Course 107, Introduction and Overview to Current Collection, is a four-module course that provides participants with an overview to the principles of current collection and prepares them to work those systems in a rail car maintenance facility.

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Course 108 Introduction and Overview to Carbody

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Course 108, Introduction and Overview to Carbody, consists of four modules that provides participants with an overview to the principles of the carbody and they prepare to work on the rail car.

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Course 109 Introduction and Overview to Rail Vehicle Doors

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Course 109, Introduction and Overview of Rail Vehicle Doors, is a three-module course that provides participants with an overview of the principles of rail vehicle doors and their major components.

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Course 110 Introduction and Overview to Rail Vehicle Communication Systems

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Course 110, Introduction and Overview to Rail Vehicle Communication Systems, is a three-module course that provides participants with an overview to the principles of operation to communication systems and major components as they prepare to work on those systems in a transit rail maintenance facility.

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Course 111: Introduction and Overview to Automatic Train Control

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Course 111: Introduction and Overview to Automatic Train Control, is a seven-module course that provides participants with an overview to the principles of operation and components of different Automatic Train Control systems. The Automatic Train Control systems presented in this course include: Automatic Train Protection (ATP), Automatic Train Operation (ATO), Train-to-Wayside Communication (TWC) and Automatic Train Supervision (ATS). This course has been developed so instructors may choose to use one or more modules, depending on their training needs.

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