Welcome To Northwest Railroad Institute
In just 6 months, you will receive the training you need to get your railroad career started!
Students at Northwest Railroad Institute are provided the opportunity to apply their knowledge of railroad operations in the real world. These applications include the General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR), timetables, special instructions, general orders, track bulletins and track warrants on a railroad system.
Furthermore, classroom learning is translated into real-world experience as students are given the opportunity to work with trains, switches, and spot rail equipment. Students receive practical experience by coupling and uncoupling rail cars and locomotives, trouble shooting air brake systems, and lining track switches. Working in teams, students inspect, repair, and replace damaged or useless tracks.
Our combination of classroom and hands-on training is one of the key components that ensures our students’ success. This unique style of training allows students to be comfortable with the material mentally and physically thus promoting a smooth transition into the railroad workforce.
- Affordable tuition
- 6-month focused program
- Small class sizes for individual instruction
- Financial aid for those who qualify
- Graduate placement assistance
- Hands-on, real-world experience
- High-quality teaching
- Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Student housing available
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Nationwide and Around the World, NWRI Can Get Your Career Moving!
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Student Testimonial: Darien
Home state: Missouri
Employer: Nebraska Central
Job title: Train Conductor
What was your favorite memory from attending Northwest Railroad Institute?
The atmosphere of being able to make new friends from all over the country. Also, having the opportunity to learn new skills from a group of highly skilled teachers who all have 20+ years of experience.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is the opportunity for growth. My company wants us all to become engineers after being a conductor for about a year first to learn the ropes.
What advice would you give future students?
Keep an open mind. Be willing to accept adversity in order to grow and gain knowledge of new skills.
Specialized Classroom Lectures
In the classroom, you will be learning the core principles of the railroad industry. These include an introduction to the industry, railroad safety, the General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR), and more.
Intense Hands-On Training
Throughout your railroad career training, you will be introduced to practical activities designed to prepare you for your future in the railroad industry. Paired with our lecture material, these hands-on applications will assist in an easy transition from school into the field.
A section of our program is dedicated to preparing you for your job application, cover letter, resume, and interview. Our Career Services department is always ready to aid students in the employment process. By the end of our program, students will be equipped with the knowledge they need to become successful in finding a strong career.