Discovering careers in rail
Discovering Careers in Rail
Vision. View of model of platform and figures on it. Overhead view of model showing train travelling along track from point A to point B. 120 different professions required. Outlines of various people representing different workers.
Narrator. Getting one train to take you from point A to point B requires more than 120 different professions. There are the people that you regularly see, station staff, train drivers and customer service officers, and people like me the track workers.
Text. Track worker, physical work of building and maintaining infrastructure, rail track, bridges, tunnels, platforms, level crossings, and overhead wiring structures. Outline of male and female workers.
Narrator. As a track worker I’m responsible for doing the physical work of building and maintaining infrastructure assets and equipment such as rail track, bridges, tunnels, platforms, level crossings, and overhead wiring structures. If you are mechanically-minded, like physical work and enjoy working in teams this might suit you.
Text. Operations, infrastructure, customer service and rolling stock.
Narrator. But there is a vast range of professions working across four key disciplines, operations, infrastructure, customer service and rolling stock. Let’s look at some of the positions that exist.
Vision. Model of train at station and figures on platform with a display for communications advisor description.
Text. Communications advisor, involved in developing copy for marketing, advertising and promotions, publications, newsletters and media releases.
Narrator. Communication advisors develop copy for marketing, advertising and promotions. They produce publications, newsletters, media releases and much more. The communications advisor role works with government agencies, stakeholder groups, local councils and the community.
Vision. Signal showing red for train to stop.
Text. Signal maintenance maintain the signal network, fault-finding, maintenance and construction. Qualified electrical tradesperson. Other apprenticeships include electrician, substation electrician and line worker.
Narrator. Signal maintenance technicians maintain the signal network and undertake fault-finding, maintenance and construction. Whether you are a qualified electrical tradesperson, not fully qualified, or seeking an apprenticeship, there are opportunities in signal maintenance.
Vision. Signal showing green for train to go. Model of train running through countryside.
Text. Rail engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, civil engineer, telecommunications or electronics engineer. Provide technical advice to ensure the safe and capable maintenance, construction and upgrades.
Narrator. The day-to-day work of rail engineers can be different depending on their area of expertise. Whether your qualifications are as a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, civil engineer, or a telecommunications or electronics engineer, your skills help provide technical advice to ensure the safe and capable maintenance, construction and upgrades.
Vision. Model of train passing through countryside and arriving at destination.
Narrator. These are just some of the more than 120 roles that exist. And with the Victorian Government currently delivering an unprecedented number of major rail projects there are going to be many new entry level and professional positions becoming available in the rail industry, in both the government and private sectors.
Vision. Colourful outlines of various workers. Circles displaying various job opportunities.
Narrator. A career in the rail industry offers great opportunity. Whether you have qualifications and experience, have just graduated, or are seeking an apprenticeship, find out more by visiting railacademy.vic.gov.au.
Text. Find out more by visiting the Rail Academy website, www.railacademy.vic.gov.au.Major Transport Infrastructure Authority. Victoria State Government. Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.