Improve your strategies and decision making in the design, operation, and maintenance of both infrastructure and rolling stock. Learn and apply the skills and knowledge needed to deal with the multifaceted aspects of railway systems.
This Professional Certificate Programme in Railway Engineering consists of three career-oriented courses plus a capstone project. It is a highly practical program which will provide you with the appropriate tools and valuable insights in how to adopt this new systems approach to railway engineering and operations. Throughout the program, you will work on many small projects and real-life cases and then conclude with a capstone project where you will receive personal guidance on a project or case of your choice.
Is this program for you?
This program will support rail professionals in managerial or advisory roles to develop a good operational understanding of a systems view of railway networks to enhance the quality of their investment decisions, innovation initiatives, analysis of technical failures, project documentation and system optimization.
By the end of this program, you will be able to:
- Make better decisions in specific situations when selecting the most suitable components of infrastructure and rolling stock.
- Analyze and then advise others on the effects of the interaction between the interfaces of track and train.
- Deal with factors interfering with transport planning in real-time situations.
- Develop strategies to optimize the capacity of the rolling stock on a railway network.
- Improve the reliability and performance of railway systems over time by making smarter decisions about monitoring and maintenance.
This new Professional Certificate Programme in Railway Engineering consists of the following three career-oriented courses and a capstone project:
- Railway Engineering: Track and Train Interaction (Start date: February 2019): In this course, you will learn the individual elements of infrastructure and rolling stock and how they connect and interact with each other. This will include the superstructure of railways, the properties of the most important materials, the wheel-rail interface and traction systems, and transition zones. Read more
- Railway Engineering: Real-Time Traffic Management (Start date: September 5, 2018): In this course, you will learn how to manage and organise the various transportation planning and operation phases of railway systems. This will enable you to develop strategies to optimize the capacity of your railway network, cope efficiently with the increasing number of commuters and volume of goods, and deal with unexpected situations.
- Railway Engineering: Performance over Time (Start date: November 7, 2018): This course will start with a focus on the physical processes that cause these failures. You will learn how to identify typical failure modes and how to define an effective maintenance strategy for railway infrastructures. You will learn about the performance by design, wear, strategic monitoring and maintenance optimization to enable you to make optimal maintenance decisions.
- Railway Engineering: Capstone Project (Start date: early 2019): You will work on a design project that integrates the knowledge and skills gained from the first three courses. You will work on either your own project or on a project provided by the course team. The capstone project will be staff-graded and you will receive personalized guidance and feedback throughout.
- Course Length: 20 weeks
- Estimated Effort: 4 - 5 hours per week
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Last updated May 22, 2018