Rail/Off Highway Motive Power Electrical Technician

This program has been discontinued.


The Rail/Off Highway Motive Power Electrical Technology Certificate and A.A.S. program is designed to provide students with a general understanding of the electrical components used in the operation of rail and off highway motive power technologies. Students will gain generalized knowledge of electrical technology for locomotives and off-highway motive powered technologies. Through demonstrations and applications of standard industry techniques and processes that are included/embedded in the program curriculum students will be able to assist with the assessment, troubleshooting, fixing and maintenance of the electrical components in these technologies.


Working Conditions

Graduates will assemble and install electrical circuitry, perform troubleshooting to locate electrical problems in a variety of electrical instruments, control systems and equipment, plan preventive maintenance and repairs on electrical systems. Develop work plans and design standard operating procedures. Monitor breakdowns in electrical components using testing devices and equipment. Design wiring structures as per the electrical system or instrument need. Maintain and document records of electrical needs and study blueprints of electrical designs while solving electrical issues.



The current employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) show the following for the district, rail transportation workers (53-4000) IDES reports a 6.45% increase and for rail transportation workers, all other (53-4099), IDES reports a 16.67% increases by the year 2018. For Electrical/Electronic Equipment Mechanics/Installers (49-2000) the IDES indicates a .74% growth by 2018 in the district and 3.84 % growth in Illinois by 2020 in the field. The BLS indicates a growth of 3% nationally by 2020. However, Helpers for Electricians (47-3013) shows better growth at 11.11 % in the district by 2018 and 6.68 % in Illinois by 2020.


First-Time Enrollees

  • Complete an application for admission to the College and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  • Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Complete the placement exam.
  • Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.


Admission to the Programs: Open