Michael McMillan is the Chief Mechanical Officer of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. McMillan began his rail career in June of 1997 as a Shop Foreman at Trinity Mobile Rail Car Repair in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He joined New Orleans Public Belt in January 1999 as a Carman. McMillan earned a position as Car Shop Foreman in 2006 and was promoted to management in 2008 as the Superintendent of Mechanical and Car Department. In 2011, McMillan was named Chief Mechanical Officer for the railroad.
As Chief Mechanical Officer, he is responsible for a force of 20 employees who repair an average of 7,000 railcars annually in the Public Belt’s railcar repair shop, and an additional seven Machinists who maintain the railroad’s 11 locomotives.