Careers in rail
The Rail Academy Newport is a training facility. If you are looking for a job in the rail industry, please visit the job sites for rail providers:
- Metro Trains
- Yarra Trams
- Public Transport Victoria
- Metro Tunnel
- Rail Projects Victoria
- Victoria's Big Build
For more information, read the job seeker fact sheet.
Discovering careers in rail
Job roles in rail and career pathways
With the rail industry expanding, there's no better time to join rail with more opportunities across Victoria and Australia. Find more information below about just some of the careers available, how to get there, and what to expect.
- Railway signalling engineer PDF, 411.4 KB
- Signaller PDF, 238.3 KB
- Shunter PDF, 397.2 KB
- Signal maintenance technician PDF, 337.2 KB
- Customer Service Attendant PDF, 1.2 MB
- Train Conductor PDF, 153.1 KB
- Station Manager PDF, 136.6 KB
- Platform AttendantPDF, 137.6 KB
- Authorised OfficerPDF, 144.6 KB
- Overhead Line Worker PDF, 445.6 KB
- Train Controller PDF, 266.7 KB
- Track Inspector PDF, 149.3 KB
- Ganger PDF, 165.7 KB
- Track Worker PDF, 143.8 KB
Career Advisor Resource Toolkit
To learn more about careers in rail please click the following links to download the Career Advisor Resource pack.
Rail Academy - School engagement program
Rail Careers is the school engagement program of the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA), led by the Rail Academy. The program proactively engages with schools to raise awareness about career opportunities in the rail, light rail and construction industries. If you are a teacher, career coordinator or pathways counsellor and interested in attending a Rail Careers event, please register your interest here
Rail Academy is offering Victorian secondary school students the opportunity to spend a day on site at Rail Academy in Newport. Registering your schools’ interest will place you on a list and you will be contacted to confirm your registration.
Due to current public health restrictions by federal and state governments, our Rail Careers events have been temporarily suspended. We'll be running these events again when it's safe to do so. If you're interested in coming along, please Register your interest and we'll let you know once our tours are up and running again.
Click here for more information - MTIA School Engagement Program Flyer PDF, 1.5 MB
You can still attend online
We are offering a series of virtual workshop’s while learning from home, these sessions will help students discover more about our industry and give them the opportunity to reflect on their skills, interests and undertake career planning and exploration.
Register your interest via email. We’ll reply with more information about our programs and upcoming dates.
Rail Careers is regularly hosted at Rail Academy Newport each school term, giving students the opportunity to engage in a range of hands on learning experiences. The program content is linked to mathematics and critical and creative thinking, with a focus on transport infrastructure including tunnels and safety.
We can accommodate different year levels and group sizes. However, our program is best suited for:
- Groups of 10 to 60
- Year 7-10
See what some of the students and teachers have to say about their experience at Rail Careers.
If you are a teacher, career coordinator or pathways counsellor interested in attending a Rail Careers event, please register your interest with us at
Rail Academy’s STEM workshop is an opportunity for Year 7 to 10 students to engage with some of Victoria’s female industry leaders. The students will learn through anecdotal presentations, interactive sessions and engaging industry career discussions from STEM female graduates.
Click here for more information - STEM PDF, 271.7 KB
A Career in Rail – Study VET while still at secondary school
Certificate II in Heavy and Light Rail Fundamentals (Pre-vocational) is a qualification for secondary students. The purpose of this new VET course is to provide students with basic knowledge and a realistic preview of the heavy (train) and light (tram) rail industry in Victoria. Students are taught in a combination of structured learning, self-directed learning and hands-on training in a simulated work environment. This will enable students to make more informed choice about future employment within an area of the industry that best suits their interests, capabilities and career aspirations.
See what our new rail qualification is all about. Click here for more information - VET PDF, 2.1 MB
Careers Advisers Workshop - Discovering Rail Careers
Rail Academy provides a free professional workshop session to learn about the rail industry and increase understanding about learning and work opportunities. Our session will provide you with the very latest information as well as connect you with industry experts and find out how to locate and effectively use career information. Teachers, career coordinators and pathway counsellors would benefit from attending.
We are able to accommodate different group sizes. However, our program is best suited for:
- Individuals or groups of 10-30 (online sessions are available on request)
Contact us We’d love to tell you more about our program – feel free to get in touch.
Click here for more information- Discovering Rail Careers PDF, 685.3 KB