Meet Industry Leaders

Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program prepares students for a career in rail by connecting them with internships and employers.

RTP Students Get Hands-On!

Learning by doing is a central component of RTP's approach to rail education. Field trips and projects are frequent and fun!

Railroad Night XIII

Students at Railroad Night XIII! Our showcase fall event brings the industry and students together on campus for discovery, conversation and empoyment opprotunities! 

MRC Field Visit - Decatur Cargill Facility

Field visits participants visit the Cargill Facility in Decatur, MI during the Midwest Rail Conference 2017.

MRC Field Visit - Little River Steam Train

Field visits participants visit the Little River Steam Train in Coldwater, MI during the Midwest Rail Conference 2017.

Rail Day & Expo 2017

Rail Day and Expo, held the day after Rail Night, allows our industry partners to showcase their companies on the campus mall, and students to discuss the industry and employment opprotunies in a casual and relaxed environment. 

Midwest Rail Conference 2017 Presenters

Midwest Rail Conference 2017 Presenters

SYP Superior

SYP Students examine railcar wheels staged for the BNSF carshop in Superior, Wisconsin

Our Vision

Develop leaders and technologies for 21st century rail transportation.

Our Mission

Participate in the development of rail transportation and related engineering skills for the 21st century through an interdisciplinary and collaborative program that aligns Michigan Tech Faculty and Students with the demands of the industry.

Support Us

Click here to see how to support the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program! Your generous support is greatly appreciated.

2017-18 RTP Annual Report

Fall 2019 Newsletter

RTP Promotional Video

RTP Promotional Video

Welcome to RTP!

Michigan Tech RTP Awarded Education Grant by NRC!

The Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program was recently awarded an Education Grant by the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC)!  The grant will be used to improve our outreach to K-12 students, to add and improve the
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Student Scholarships for 2020 Now OPEN

Scholarship Competion is Closed for the 2019-2020 school year.  Our winners for this year are:Walter Friesel, Kyle Dick, and Zoe Wahr.  Thanks to CN for suporting our scholarship program
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Summer Youth Program 2020 Announced!

Unfortunately our 2020 program was canceled due to the Covid situation.  There is a brief discussion about this years program and what happened in our 2020 progra
October 15th, 2019 view

RTP Students on the Job: Summer 2019 Internships!

A core facet of the Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Tech has been encouraging and supporting students in securing and completing internships and co-ops within the industry.
October 4th, 2019 view

Michigan Rail Conference 2019

The Michigan Rail Conference 2019 was held August 7-9, 2019 in East Lansing, MI, at Michigan State University
October 4th, 2019 view

Railroad Night 2019

Railroad Night 2019 is in the books!  The 15th annual event was held on October 2, 2019 with a social period starting at 6 PM and dinner with industry starting at 7 PM, both in the Memorial Union, Ballroom A. 
September 30th, 2019 view

Summer Youth Program 2019

2019 marked the 10th year for Michigan Tech's Rail and Intermodal Transportation Summer Youth Program.
September 14th, 2019 view

On the Road: AREMA Conference 2018

David Nelson, advisor for the Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC), and seven students att
November 11th, 2018 view

Railroad Night 2018

Railroad Night 2018 marked another great year for Railroad Transportation at Michigan Tech, with dozens of students and plenty of industry representatives on hand to talk railroads and education. 
November 11th, 2018 view

Rail and Intermodal Transportation Summer Youth Program, 2018

2018's edition of the Rail & Intermodal Transportation Summer youth Program was held July 8-14, featuring another great year of explorations for High School Students throughout the Lake Superior Region! 
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Rail Transportation Program
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI. 49931-1295
Phone: 1-906-487-3547
Fax: 1-906-487-2943
A special thank you to our sponsor and partners!

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