Loco Pilot

Operating locomotives with the highest standards of safety and efficiency


A locomotive engineer, also known as a train driver or loco pilot, is responsible for operating locomotives and trains on railroads or in industrial settings. 

Locomotive engineers perform inspections and tests on locomotives prior to operation in order to ensure that they are in good working order. They are responsible for following schedules and routes, communicating with other train crew members and responding to signals as well as other safety devices. They must be constantly vigilant for potential safety hazards and respond quickly to any safety issues that may arise.


For Bachelor’s

  • Students need to pass 10+2 and acquire at least 55% marks in science stream from any recognised board. 
  • Aspirants can opt for a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics or Automobile engineering. 
  • Candidates need to pass entrance exams like CBT 1, CBT 2, or CBAT.    
  • Medical verification is also done to check if the candidate is eligible or not. 

For Masters

  • Students need to pass their Bachelor’s degree in computer science or any other related field with at least 50% marks to get admission in a PG Course. 
  • Seekers who are 18 to 28 years old are eligible to become Assistant Loco Pilot. 

Job Roles

The field aims to provide in-depth knowledge and enhance the skills of the students. To do such a task, this field presents innumerable job profiles. Below mentioned are some job profiles:

  • Loco Pilot
  • Senior Assistant Loco Pilot
  • Assistant Loco Pilot
  • Loco Fireman/Power Controller/Crew Controller


The salary range may vary from company to company, but the salary of a loco pilot is very impressive only in India.


Level of Salary

Annual Level Salary 

Starting Salary

Approx ₹2,40,000 

Mid Level Salary

Approx ₹4,80,000 

Senior Level Salary

Approx ₹6,00,000


  • Analytical skills
  • Technical skills
  • Pilotage
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication skills


The scope of a locomotive engineer, also known as a train driver or loco pilot, is primarily focused on the operation of locomotives and trains in railroads or industrial settings, but there are several opportunities for growth and advancement within the railroad and transportation industries.


  • Travelling Opportunity
  • Professional Stability
  • Financial Stability
  • Sedentary Lifestyle


  • Impact on personal life
  • Stressful life