Rail Signal Engineer Cadetship Program

Rail signalling is a highly specialised and growing field in the rail industry. With an unprecedented level of investment in rail infrastructure, there is a need for more qualified workers to help contribute to the design, construction, maintenance and project management of the signal systems that regulate train movements across the network.

The Rail Signal Engineer Cadetship provides a fully paid, three-year cadetship with placements at a range of Australia’s biggest rail and construction operators. Upon completion of the program, cadets are awarded a Graduate Certificate in Railway Signalling Systems.


To be eligible for the program, you must be:

  • A recent electrical engineering graduate or a professional engineer with an electrical, electronic, mechatronic or computer systems degree (or similar fields) – must have graduated within the last 12 months; OR
  • Have more than five years’ work experience in a related discipline; AND
  • Be able to commit to the three-year program.

Program benefits

  • Paid three-year cadetship, with placements at rail and construction industry leaders;
  • Completion of specialist signalling fundamentals training across the first 12 months of the program;
  • Paid Graduate Certificate in Railway Signalling Systems qualification upon completion;
  • Construction Industry White Card, Rail Industry Worker Card, and Safely Access the Rail Corridor training completed within the first five weeks of the program;
  • Learn on real-word projects and systems;
  • Exposure to the broader rail and construction infrastructure industry through placement rotations
  • Ongoing support from the Level Crossing Removal Project, the agency leading the program alongside industry partners

Apply now

Applications for the 2024 Rail Signal Engineer Cadetship Program are now closed.

Hear from past cadets experiences through the program.

Contact us

If you would like more information about the Rail Engineer Cadetship Program, please email railcareers@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.