Railway Infrastructure Worker

Railway infrastructure workers work on the construction, maintenance and operation of railway infrastructure including tracks, signaling equipment and buildings.

Railway infrastructure workers may perform the following tasks:

• Inspect and monitor railway tracks
• check, assess and maintain track-laying equipment
• Install, maintain and repair tracks, sleepers (wooden or concrete support slats) and ballast (crushed stone surrounding the tracks and sleepers)
• Operate equipment
• Perform general site maintenance of the rail corridor.

Railway infrastructure workers work on railway lines and at transfer yards, mines and quarries. They work shifts, including weekends and public holidays. Those working in regional or remote locations are required to stay in local accommodation as appropriate.

Personal Requirements:

• enjoy practical and manual activities
• physically fit
• alert and safety conscious
• able to work as part of a team.

Related Jobs:

• Train and Network Controller
• Train Crew Employee
• Transport Administrator
• Transport Clerk
• Transport Services Officer

Education and Training:

You can become a railway infrastructure worker without formal qualifications, but employers usually require at least Year 10. Once you are employed you will receive formal training, both on and off the job. On completion of this training you may receive a nationally recognised qualification.
Additional Information:
Applicants will go through a range of recruitment processes, including personality, aptitude and ability tests, an interview and a medical check. Age limits may apply.

Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Transport and Logistics Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

Related Courses:

While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.

1. Certificate I in Transport and Logistics - Rail Operations *
2. Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure
3. Certificate II in Transport and Logistics - Rail Operations *
4. Certificate III in Transport and Logistics - Rail Operations *
5. Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics - Rail Infrastructure
6. Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics - Rail Operations *

Employment Opportunities:

Railway infrastructure workers may be employed throughout Queensland by the state's passenger and freight operator QR (Queensland Rail), by the national railway asset owner, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), or by contractors providing infrastructure services to these operators.
Demand for railway infrastructure workers depends on levels of railway construction and maintenance activity. Employment opportunities may be increased with previous relevant experience.

With experience and further training, promotion to supervisory or other positions is possible.


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