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Within the transportation industry sector, the railroad industry is the one which has experienced the most significant growth in the past two decades. Considering environmental concerns of carbon emissions, fuel costs and increased highway traffic, the need for efficient railroad transportation (both freight and passenger) will be paramount to North America's economy and environment. Railroads will play an increasingly important role in the movement of goods and people in the future.

Why become a member?

  • Great exposure to the railway industry
  • Incredible employment opportunities*
  • Excellent opportunities for hands-on education
  • Technical and professional development seminars
  • Cool field trips
  • Travel to annual (inter)national conferences
  • Social activities on and outside campus

*The opportunities for careers in the industry have never been better. As an AREMA student chapter, UAASC is closely tied to the industry. Membership in AREMA and UAASC will help connect you with lots of opportunities for employment in the railway industry.

How do I become a member?

For more information about meeting times, field trips, joining the chapter, and other events, please send an email to Kirk Scanlan at kscanlan@ualberta.caWe hope you will join us!

What is AREMA?

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) was formed on October 1, 1997, as the result of a merger of three engineering support associations, namely the American Railway Bridge and Building Association, the American Railway Engineering Association and the Roadmaster's and Maintenance of Way Association, along with functions of the Communications and Signals Division of the Association of American Railroads.

AREMA Mission

The development and advancement of both technical and practical knowledge and recommended practices pertaining to the design, construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure.