Diploma level training in railway communication systems

railway communication systemsRailway communication systems adapt standard technologies for optimum performance in the railway environment.  Railways have clusters of dense activity, separated by corridors with sparse activity. 

Railway Communication Systems is a training course designed to facilitate understanding of how communications techologies can be applied effectively and safely in the railway environment.

Who should Enrol?

Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of railway communications systems. The course is practical in outlook and application.

There are no formal pre-requisites for this training course. The course assumes some communications engineering knowledge but is focused on applications.

About the Course

Railway Communication Systems is delivered by distance education, with electronic submission of assignments.

The course is self-paced, however we recommend ten weeks of study material followed by four weeks for project work. Assessment is based on assignments and the project.

The topics include:

  • Design for success
  • Optical fibre transmission systems
  • Copper transmission systems
  • Radio communication
  • Multiplexing
  • Train radio
  • Passenger information
  • CCTV
  • Traction Immunisation
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Resilience.

Course Outcomes

As you progress though this course you will develop a better understanding of the technologies and systems used for railway communications. These technologies are put together in a project where you will work to produce a conceptual design for a new railway.

This course focuses on the application of technologies in a safe and effective manner. It provides a structure and opportunity for participants to gain domain and engineering knowledge in the railway environment.

Course Tutor – John Aitken

John will help you develop your understanding of communication systems and safety, particularly in the railway environment.  He has had broad experience of communication system and equipment design, manufacture, installation and maintenance both in railways and in other industries.

The reason for particular systems (“the why”), and the fundamental principles on which they are based (“the how”) are the essence of John’s approach to training.

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