University of Delaware - College of Engineering



Assistant Dean: Kathy Werrell
Academic Support Assistant: Nadine Neiger
Phone: (302) 831-8302
Fax: (302) 831-1468

Railroad Engineering Graduate Certificate Program

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This Graduate Certificate Program in Railroad Engineering prepares students to meet railroad industry employers’ expectations with respect to knowledge of railroad and rail transit. The unique program addresses the educational needs identified in a recent Education Advisory Board market research study indicating that the railroad industry (due to the lack of railroad engineering programs nationwide) typically hires engineers from multiple disciplines, finding that “Completion of several courses in railroad engineering adequately prepares students to compete for employment in the rail transportation industry.” The railroad industry is growing and hiring qualified individuals into long-term, high-paying careers - so don't miss this opportunity to compete for a position in this exciting field!

This graduate certificate is designed for engineering professionals working in the area of railroad engineering or for those desiring to expand their knowledge of railroad engineering and related engineering disciplines, to thereby become viable candidates for advancement in the railroad industry. To successfully participate in this program, one should hold a bachelor's degree in engineering or the sciences, thereby ensuring the necessary background in calculus, ordinary differential equations, and engineering mathematics including linear algebra and field theory.

Certificate Program Course Requirements
Note that the core courses are all made available in on-line format, including CIEG667, Railroad Geotechnical Engineering, which will be offered for the first time in Spring 2015.

Required Core Courses:
Two courses, selected from the following (additional courses to be added to over time):
CIEG618  Intro to Railroad Engineering
CIEG617  Intro to Railroad Safety and Derailment Engineering
CIEG667  Railroad Geotechnical Engineering
 
Note that any of the courses currently listed, or added later to the list of core course options, that are not used to fulfill the required core may be used as an elective course.

Elective Options:
One course from the following CIEG courses.  (Also see the note above.)
CIEG608  Introduction to Bridge Design
CIEG626  Soil Behavior
CIEG628  Ground Improvement Methods
(Additional course options may be added as approved by the CEE graduate committee.)

Satisfactory completion of the certificate will require the taking of three graduate courses (as detailed above) earning passing grades (C or better).  (This can be done by students classified EGOR-ND/graduate/non-degree or matriculated in a graduate engineering degree program.)  The certificate completion will be noted on the student’s graduate transcript, and a framed certificate will be awarded as well, signed by the Director of UD’s Railroad Engineering & Safety Program, the Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and the Assistant Dean/Director of the Engineering Outreach Program.

If the certificate program participant only holds an undergraduate degree, it is recommended that he/she take the certificate program courses for credit and grade (A, B, etc.), so that, if at a later date the participant elects to pursue a graduate engineering degree, these graduate engineering courses would be transferable into that degree program. (At most institutions, including the University of Delaware, a maximum of three courses--9 credits--taken in a non-degree status can be transferred into a graduate degree program.) If the certificate program participant already holds a graduate degree and does not intend to use the courses toward any future degree program, then the participant may elect to take the courses Pass/Fail, still earning graduate credits; but those credits are unlikely to be transferable into a graduate degree program.

To plan your Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering, contact Kathy Werrell (enggoutreach@udel.edu; 302-831-4863).

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