Railway is the safest surface mode of transportation for people and goods.


Have you ever wondered what it takes to stop a rail car going 160 kilometers an hour? Just your hand, if it's pushing a button configured by electronic systems technician France Robert. France touches the lives of many simply by doing her job well.

France assembles and tests electronic systems for passenger trains. It takes a lot of concentration, attention to detail and patience. Some pieces are very tiny, so France has to be very good with her hands.

Did you know? In Canada, commuters take over 51 million rail trips annually.

The starting salary for an electronic systems technician is $30,000 - $35,000 a year. With experience and a promotion, France can look forward to earning around $45,000, plus benefits.

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A hundred years ago, train safety meant crossing the prairies at less than fifty miles an hour. Today, trains do more than three times that speed in urban areas. 160 kilometres an hour is the top speed permitted for trains in Canada.


Education: College diploma in electronics.

Hobbies: Yoga, walking and biking.