Transportation Communications Union/International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Job Corps Training Program
Welcome to the Transportation • Communications Union (TCU/IAM) Job Corps Training Program Website

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To all TCU/IAM (formerly BRAC) Alumni:

We would like to hear about your success stories.

Please send your story with your name and email address to

Train for the Future

Student standing next to TCU logo (This photo provided by courtesy of Job Corps center operators under contract to the US Department of Labor.) The Transportation Communications Union/International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has contracted with the United States Department of Labor's Job Corps to provide an Advanced Transportation program for our nation's youth. Beginning with just two sites in 1971, TCU/IAM's Training Services Department is now contracted to train 460 students nationwide at nine facilities.

TCU/IAM is part of a multi-billion dollar industry involving railroads, mass transit and airline companies. Good employees are needed now! You can be a part of this industry and start receiving a good starting salary, fringe benefits, job security, and a chance for advancement.

Here is some of the training TCU/IAM offers:

  • Transportation: Learn the basic skills needed for a variety of entry-level positions within various transportation industries.

  • Rail Mechanical: Rail safety, FRA/AAR regulations, mechanical skills, welding, airbrakes, hazardous material handling (Currently at 3 locations - Gary, Excelsior Springs, and St. Louis).

  • Business / Consumer Math

  • Keyboarding: Learn to keyboard fast and accurately on state-of-the-art computer equipment.

  • Word Processing / Office Communication Skills

  • Spreadsheet and Database Applications

  • Internet Application Basics

  • Job Search and Survival Skills: Write a resume, learn how to find a job, develop better interviewing skills.

Video transcript

News Update

TCU/IAM Director Diane J. Dettmann (This photo provided by courtesy of Job Corps center operators under contract to the US Department of Labor.)

Senior Executive Director Diane Dettmann's Message

TCU/IAM Advanced Training continues to have a very successful year in job placement and continues to be a popular Advanced Trade in Job Corps. Our training program looks forward to the future as the transportation industry, especially in the freight railroad industry, will need many skilled workers. To meet employer demand and required industry skills, the TCU/IAM Job Corps Program is increasing program certifications and industry-standard training. Our program has a new added focus with the incorporation of our rail-mechanical program to expand on hard-skills training and increase hands-on learning through utilization of tools and equipment found in the transportation field at three of our locations.

Our program will endeavor to bring new employment opportunities across the nation to our students in the areas of aviation, machinist, and manufacturing.

We would like to thank our wonderful employer partners for the strong relationships we have established over the years. We are most appreciative of the consideration they give our graduates in offering them jobs in high-wage, high-growth entry-level positions. We are proud to be a part of the Job Corps community as we work together to build a strong American workforce for tomorrow.

TCU/IAM's Training Services Department administers the Job Corps Advanced Transportation Training at nine facilities nationwide. Overseeing the work of the TCU/IAM department is National Vice President Stanley Boyd.

Find Out More

Start by asking your Job Corps Instructor, Placement Counselor or Center Director who will contact TCU/IAM  to arrange an interview.

If you are not currently enrolled in Job Corps, please visit our How to Apply webpage for information on how
to contact us to get started in the program.

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