Employment Eligibility Requirements

The following criteria are NOT required to enroll in the railroad program. They are necessary if you plan a career in the railroad industry.


The following information is provided as an informational reference for those seeking to enter the railroad industry. As is true with any business, all railroads have hiring requirements that are specific to their company. For questions regarding hiring guidelines, prospective candidates should contact the company with which they seek future employment.

Candidates should:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have the ability to lift 75 pounds
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license within 30 days after being hired
  • Have no more than one “for cause” job termination within seven years
  • Have no instances of driving under the influence (DUI) within the last two years
  • Be able to pass hearing and vision requirements
  • If self-employed, provide verification of self-employment (tax return)

Applicants for railroad employment may be disapproved for any of the following:

  • Nondisclosure of criminal convictions, or any other significant categories (i.e., applicant states “quit” when they were terminated for cause, etc.)
  • Applicants may need to pass strength and BMI tests or requirements
  • Applicants may be asked to pass an aptitude test

EEOC recommendations for considering whether a particular conviction should serve to automatically disqualify an applicant are:

  • How long ago did the conviction take place?
  • What are the circumstances of the event?
  • How many convictions were there?
  • What is the applicant’s employment record since the conviction?
  • What rehabilitation has the applicant served?       
  • Felony convictions, nolo contendere (no contest) pleas, and convictions expunged by deferred adjudication (or other means) for murder, rape, theft (including burglary, forgery, embezzlement), assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, child molestation, spousal abuse, drug distribution or other serious crime within the last seven years.
  • Employment history discrepancies of greater than three months without a verifiable and satisfactory explanation.
  • Patterns of reckless/unsafe behavior while driving demonstrated by two or more moving violations within the last two years.