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.

Traction Power Training Consortium Materials

The Traction Power Training Consortium was launched by the Transportation Learning Center in January 2020. Over the next four years (2020-2023), the Consortium will develop introductory and advanced instruction-ready and interactive courses on traction power maintenance that build on APTA-approved and industry-recognized training standards. Course topics will include: power distribution, industry trends, worker safety, emergency power, tools, and test equipment, catenary and third rail power distribution, grounding, utility power management.

Please contact Amri Joyner or Brandon Liu for more information.

Course 100: Overview, General Safety, and Regulations of Traction Power Systems

Tags: traction powersafetyppe for traction maintainersoverviewhistory of traction power

This course will offer an overview of the basics of traction power systems, review major safety concerns and safety standards, cover the federal agencies that regulate health and safety for traction power, and identify the common tools used for traction power maintainers.

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Course TP101: Introduction to Traction Power Distribution and Control Systems

Tags: transfomertraction powerscadarectifierpower distributionintroductionenergy storage system

This course introduces new traction power maintainers to an overview of the traction power system from power distribution to control systems.

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Course 103: Introduction to Substations

Tags: traction powersubstationssubstationintroduction

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: November 2020

This course is developed to introduce the concept of a traction power substation and the functions of how substations generate and transmit power to the mode of transportation.

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Course 104: Introduction to Overhead Systems

Tags: traction poweroverhead systemoverhead line systemoverheadline systemlinecontact systemcatenary system

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: November 2020

This course will be an in-depth introduction to the design, function and features of how an overhead system operates in public transportation for traction power maintainers. Overhead systems can include both contact line and catenary systems. Each type of system is covered in this course.

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Course 105: Introduction to Third Rail Systems

Tags: traction powerthird rail systemsthird railintroduction

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: February 2021

This course will be an introduction to the design, functions and features of a third rail system for traction power maintainers. Not every agency will have a third rail system, but this course will be utilized for those that operate solely with third power power or have a combination of traction power methods.

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Course 201: Preparing for Inspection and Maintenance of Traction Power Systems

Tags: traction power systemstraction powerpreparationmaintenanceinspection

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: February 2021

This course will be an overview of the aspects, techniques and procedures that traction power maintainers need to know as they inspect and maintain the traction power system.

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Course 202: Inspection and Maintenance of Power Distribution and Control Systems

Tags: power distributionpowermaintenanceinspectioncontrol systems

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: June 2021

This course will be an overview of the aspects, techniques and procedures that traction power maintainers will need in order to properly inspect and maintain the traction power distribution and control systems they interact with.

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Course 203: Inspection and Maintenance of Substations

Tags: traction powersubstationssubstationmaintenanceinspection

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: June 2021

This course will be an overview of the aspects, techniques and procedures needed for traction power maintainers for proper inspection and maintenance of the substation facility.

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Course 204: Inspection and Maintenance of Overhead Systems

Tags: traction poweroverhead systemsoverheadmaintenanceinspection

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: October 2021

This course will be an overview of the aspects, techniques and procedures used by traction power maintainers for proper inspection and maintenance of the overhead systems.

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Course 205: Inspection and Maintenance of Third Rail Systems

Tags: traction powerthird rail systemsthird railmaintenanceinspection

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: October 2021

This course will be an overview of the aspects, techniques and procedures used by traction power maintainers to properly inspect and maintain the third rail electrification systems.

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Course 300: Principles of Troubleshooting Traction Power Systems

Tags: troubleshootingtraction power systemstraction powerprinciples

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: January 2022

This course will serve to prepare traction power maintainers to the principles and best practices for troubleshooting traction power systems.

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Course 301: Troubleshooting, Adjustment and Repair of Traction Power Control Systems

Tags: troubleshootingtraction powerrepaircontrol systemsadjustment

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: January 2022

This course will provide traction power maintainers with the strategies and best practices for troubleshooting, adjusting and/or repairing traction power control systems.

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Course 302: Troubleshooting, Adjustment and Repair of Power Distribution Systems

Tags: troubleshootingrepairpower distributionpoweradjustment

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: May 2022

This course will provide traction power maintainers with the strategies and best practices for troubleshooting, adjusting and/or repairing traction power distribution and control systems.

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Course 303: Troubleshooting, Adjustment and Repair of Substations

Tags: troubleshootingsubstationssubstationrepairadjustment

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: May 2022

This course will provide traction power maintainers with the strategies and best practices for troubleshooting, adjusting and/or repairing the substation components or the facilities.

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Course 304: Troubleshooting, Adjustment and Repair of Overhead Contact Systems

Tags: troubleshootingrepairoverhead contact systemsoverhead contactoverheadadjustment

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: August 2022

This course will provide traction power maintainers with the strategies and best practices for troubleshooting, adjusting and/or repairing overhead systems.

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Course 305: Troubleshooting, Adjustment and Repair of Third Rail Systems

Tags: troubleshootingthird rail systemsthird railrepairadjustment

EXPECTED COURSE COMPLETION: August 2022

This course will provide traction power maintainers with the strategies and best practices for troubleshooting, adjusting and/or repairing third rail electrification systems.

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