Rail engineering expert consultant, TranSystems, has launched its second year of TranSystems’ Railway Engineering Education Seminars (TREES) Program in Kansas City, MO with two days of interactive, face-to-face curriculum, site visits and 16 technically focused webinars. The TREES Program is an educational program, which teaches civil engineers and technical staff the nuances of railway engineering, enhancing their personal skillsets and that of the company. The number of baby boomers in all industries across America has created a demand for similar training. TranSystems has assisted in training others through AREMA and now has expanded into its internal needs.
Developed to help meet the industry’s need for rail engineers, TranSystems is able to augment its current rail staff, of approximately 200 professionals, by cross-training and adding staff to help with rail-focused projects. This program not only helps the industry and current staff, but is also open to all levels of engineers, including entry-level engineers.
By design, the TREES Program is cost-effective and efficient with how it combines live training, webinars, a site visit and a mentorship program. These elements make a comprehensive program with consistent touch points over a seven-month period, culminating in a certificate of completion.
“We have been providing railway engineering to our clients for many years, but the demand seems to outweigh the supply,” said TranSystems’ Freight Rail Market Sector Leader John Nussrallah. “By cross-training our engineers about railway engineering, we’re able to help our clients and the industry.”
TranSystems developed the TREES Program in 2013 and launched in 2014 to a group of 12 participants internally. This Program includes 16 presentations on railway engineering topics, a mentorship component, and an invitation to the annual AREMA conference to meet the clients, suppliers and contractors within the industry. In its second year, TranSystems invited clients to participate in the TREES Program. TREES was developed by three seasoned rail engineers, Dallas Richards, Bruce Anderson and Dave Irving, all with diverse backgrounds from practical rail engineering over several decades. Richards is a rail professor at a leading university; Richards, Anderson and Irving are involved in leading the rail industry with their involvement in AREMA’s Committee 24 and helping teach AREMA’s IPRE and TADS seminars.