2017-18 Catalog

Locomotive Electrical

Associate in Applied Science


The program is designated to introduce the student to the basic electrical theory and concepts related to locomotive electrical systems, including the operations, maintenance, and troubleshooting of EMD Low Horsepower locomotive electrical systems. Also, it includes the basic operation, maintenance, repair requirements and trouble shooting of EMD diesel engines and support systems, and the GE Dash 8/9 locomotive systems.

Admission to the Program: Open

First-Time Enrollees

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

Department of Career & Corporate Development

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.341.5313

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
ELT.100 Electrical Fundamentals 3
MAT.101 Technical Mathematics 1 3
MTL.101 Machine Tool Fundamentals 1 3
MTL.103 Manufacturing Processes 2
MFG.100 Introduction to Welding 3
MFG.130 Industrial Safety 2
Spring Semester
BOC.107 Tech Skills for Business Environment 3
MAT.102 Technical Mathematics 2 3
Freshman Composition 1
or Report Writing
or Strategies for Success in College
RRT.120 Introduction to Railroading 1.5
RRT.142 Locomotive Electricity 3
HYD.101 Hydraulics and Pneumatics 3
Summer Session
Interpersonal Communication
or Introduction to Public Speaking
Second Year
Fall Semester
ICT.110 Computer Software Applications 3
RRT.101 History of Railroading 3
RRT.137 Locomotive Air Brakes 3
RRT.143 Low Horsepower Electrical 3
RRT.144 EMD Basic Electrical 3
Spring Semester
ELT.213 Process Control & Instrumentation 3
RRT.138 Locomotive FRA 3
RRT.145 GE Dash 8/9 Electrical System 3
RRT.165 Rail Safety Quality & Environment 3
Introduction to Sociology
or Introduction to Psychology
or Positive Psychology
 Total Semester Hours65.5

Kellogg, David M
associate dean of career & corporate development

The Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) offers classroom space, a computer lab, and houses Carl Sandburg College’s industrial programs. Students may take courses in the following subject areas: welding, biofuels, rail, machine tooling, manufacturing or electrical. The electrical lab features a host of components to aid in student learning including AC/DC trainers. In 2014, Sandburg became a designated National Academy of Railroad Sciences (NARS) training site offering courses in locomotive electrical and locomotive mechanical. Instruction is delivered by individuals with industry-specific expertise and includes specialized coursework using technical equipment. Two diesel engines inside the CME are available for training opportunities. The College’s welding lab offers 16 bay stations and soon will have an additional ten working spaces. The welding area offers a welding simulator, as well as state of the art multi-process welding machines.