History Of The Railroad Industry
Students will survey the development and evolution of the railroad industry in North America. The focus of this course will be on the geographic expansion, technical advances, social influences, government involvement and economic impact of railroads in North America.
Career Opportunities In The Railroad Industry
In this introductory unit students will be introduced to information about the technical careers in railroading. Students will be able to describe the basic technical jobs and their functions, requirements and characteristics.
This unit includes information about the railroad industry with discussion placed on its major assets, organization and typical operations. The unit will examine the major characteristics of the North American rail industry, its basic operations, its components and processes and its administrative structure.
Drug And Alcohol Awareness
The railroad industry enforces strict drug and alcohol policies. The student will learn about these policies and procedures through guest speakers, handouts and classroom discussion.
Employment Preparation And The Internet
The objective of this unit is to achieve employment in the railroad industry. The student will learn how to write an effective cover letter and résumé, interviewing practices and techniques, and how to complete employment applications. Students will learn how to use a computer to explore career opportunities, find housing and research potential employers in the railroad industry.
Introduction To Computers
Study and review the basics of computer technology. Special attention will be paid to the employment applications used in the rail industry. Major topics include basic computer networking, software relevant to the rail industry, operating systems, basic Windows® skills, multi-tasking computer operations and file management. Students will become familiar with the basic tools of word processing including spreadsheet designs, presentation skills, use of graphics and Internet skills & concepts. Additional items include: terminology and vocabulary important to computers, application of the computer to the railroad industry, data analysis and data acquisition/assessment.
First Aid, AED and CPR Training
Learn how to handle emergency situations, take basic precautions to prevent disease transmission, care for injuries or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives, help someone in breathing and cardiac emergencies, administer chest compressions and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This unit also teaches you to care for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness, shock and injury.