for Company training, not intended for the general public training)
- For more details call: 606-663-4700
to meet the growing needs of the Railroad Repair industry. The founders of
have owned one of the largest Railroad contracting companies in
the Chicago land area since 1979, AllenRailroad.Com. This direct industry affiliation and
experience provides the knowledge of what type of training is needed to
prepare skilled track repair technicians.
the railroad industry have developed ARC-Techs'
program and curriculum. Each program focuses on the knowledge and abilities
needed at the entry level. A continual process of course reevaluation
ensures that training is up to date and provides the most comprehensive
believes in the principle of total preparation. We not only provide the
prerequisite knowledge and skills, but also the opportunity for personal
and professional development so that those who emerge from our program
have the tools for professional growth and advancement. Our long-range focus is a
productive, rewarding career for those we
is committed to
providing the most comprehensive training possible to every student who
enters the program to ensure career flexibility and to provide a
satisfying educational and professional experience.
Opportunities Through Specialized Education
The demand for qualified Railroad track foreman,
operators and laborers makes this industry one of our countryís most
stable industries. Personnel are indispensable and specialize in many fields. Wherever people live, work or play, the need for
Personnel is essential. From installation, repairing, removal and
train operations - the
opportunities are there.
ARC-Tech's curriculum has been developed by Railroad Professionals.
Instructors average more than 25 years of field experience. These state of the art
learning programs are used in classrooms to promote comprehension and retention.
The primary educational objective is to teach
employees the specific technical
and professional skills required for employment in the railroad track
repair industry. Because
the demand for qualified railroad workers is far greater than the
supply available in this industry. Technical skills covered in these programs enable
employees to meet
the demand for skilled workers. We give our students a practical knowledge
of the industry that will prove valuable when working in building,
repairing, and inspecting track. In FRA 213 courses, the rules and regulations of the
Federal Railroad Administration will be taught.
A Brief History
1973 After 7 years working in the railroad industry, Steve Allen
created Allen Railroad.
1977 First classes begin for industry-sponsored students in railroad
1978 In-house training continues and the
development of audiovisual
training programs begin.
Training Methods: Education for the Real
strategy at ARC-Tech
is based on the sound theory of teaching, practicing,
applying and evaluating. The following are some methods used to prepare
students for entry-level employment as laborers, operators, foremen, and
inspectors and to promote their desire for continued professional growth. Trainees
study is centered around Federal
Railroad Administration Track Safety Standards FRA 213 Subparts
- Responsibility, track inspectorís qualifications, Track
class, operating speeds, measuring Track, penalties
Subpart B-Roadbed Drainage and vegetation.
-Track Geometry. Gage, surface and alignment.
D-Track Structure. Ballast, ties, Rail joint bars and tie
plates, rail fastenings.
E-Track Appliances and
Inspections, FRA inspections, and inspection records. Trainees
started with a 40 question Pre-Test to check for general knowledge
and was tested in Track Class 213.9, Track Measurement 213.13,
Gage 213.53, Alignment 213.55, Curve 213.57, Track Surface 213.63,
Rail Defect 213.113, Rail End Mismatch 213.115, Guard Face and
Guard Check Gage 213.143, Track Inspection 213.233 and 213.235 and
a 70 question final test on all other area of FRA 213.
Comprehension & Retention
professionals designed our course materials to teach our students todayís
needed skills and to promote comprehension and retention.
factual material and first-hand experiences. Our qualified instructors
review every aspect of the subject matter to ensure complete understanding of
technical issues in the railroad industry.
used with the audiovisual programs to help students retain material
conducted to evaluate each studentís level of learning and skill
development. This allows our instructors to help overcome any difficulties
the student may be having.
Limited Class Size allows
for individual attention and personal instruction. Classes are limited to 20 students per instructor.
From Industry Experts
Students learn the latest
technology from leaders in technical education and training. Since Allen
Railroad maintains an active presence in the industry, ARC-TECH is
up-to-date on developments within the railroad industry.
Meter and Supplies
Workbooks and lab supplies required during
training are included in the cost of tuition.
training program not only teaches track installation and service
procedures but also safety and professional standards.
To project a professional image and protect the safety of our
students, vests, hardhats and safety glasses are provided. Safety glasses are required to
be worn in all lab areas. Students who see unsafe conditions or acts
should report them to their instructor.
AM- 5:30 PM,
Administrator, Director of Operations
Administration and Compliance
faculty of ARC-Tech
is carefully selected from available railroad
professionals. They are chosen for their knowledge, professionalism,
technical excellence and the desire to share their industry experiences
students in a classroom environment.
Standardized training is required by many other industries,
i.e., Plumbing and Electrical. Until now, the railroad
industry had not offered formal instruction of FRA
213.7, the minimum RailroadJobs.Biz requirement to become a track worker. With good training, a track worker can receive
job satisfaction, job security, and a great salary.
Starting salary for track workers range from $40,000.00 to
$60,000.00 per year, depending on job assignments, work, pay
zone and overtime. There is a massive shortage of
highly trained track professionals today. Contract
railroad companies have been feeling the effects of this
shortage for years. Our contracting arm, Allen Railroad,
pays tens of thousands of dollars extra in overtime just because
of the shortage of track workers. Track crews can work
very long days, seven days a week, several months at a time
(in season). Why the shortage? Despite the fact that railroad
workers can start out making $40,000 per year, itís hard to
get 21st century people interested in 18th century
technology. The perception of being a railroader is not the
same as it was some time ago. (Casey Jones is not exactly a
contemporary icon these days). ARC has
developed a Railroad
Training Center called ARC-Tech. ARC-Tech is staffed by experienced administrators
and is being taught by instructors with many years of railroad
We require a minimum 20
students per 40 hr. session. We have customized an
environment that is conducive to optimal learning.
Questions are encouraged. By completing the one-week
course, graduates will be ARC Certified/FRA Qualified.
If you have any questions
regarding the program, please call the Assistant Administrator
or 606-663-4700. Qualifies
Graduate as FRA213.7.
All class records including test scores will be kept
record with ARC-Tech
FRA213 Training is a very thorough basic track
training class. The ARC-Tech FRA213
Training is expected to turn out as many as 40
graduates per month to go to local railroads, railroad
contractors or local industries that own and maintain a
section of railroad track. ARC-Tech
employs two full-time agents for finding new students.
ARC-Techs' FRA213 Training is the minimum of
RailroadJobs.Biz requirement for track workers.
ARC-Tech knows some students interested in the
railroad field, would like to train for professional
positions within the railroad industry.
ARC-Tech intends to offer advanced classes, which
open up opportunities in the higher positions of the
ARC-Tech intends to offer classes such as Railroad
Marketing, which promotes the services of the railroad
and Railroad Market Development, which develops industry
for use of the railroad.