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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Transportation Learning Center | Evaluated Learning Experience

Orientation (100)


27 hours.

Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, and approved locations.

April 2013 - May 2023. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain the purpose, history and evolution of railroad signaling systems; differentiate between tools used for mechanical and electrical maintenance tests; analyze and implement use of safety procedures and various forms of roadway worker protection; identify proper procedures for removing equipment from service; define the fundamentals of relays and other technical aspects related to railroad signaling systems; and properly prepare records and documentation.   


Instruction is offered via classroom through use of study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, lab, required interaction with instructor, and final exams. Topics include: signaling systems, safety, worker protection, tracks, circuits, derails, train stops, grade crossings, interlockings, relays, circuit plans, and recordkeeping.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Railroad Operations, Railroad Electronics, Railroad Engineering, Transportation Management, and Mechanical Systems (5/18).