Railway infrastructure workers work on the construction, maintenance and operation of railway infrastructure, including tracks, signalling equipment and buildings.
You can work as a railway infrastructure worker without formal qualifications, but employers usually require 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.
Railway infrastructure workers may perform the following tasks:
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 may be required to stay in local accommodation.
Railway infrastructure workers may be employed throughout Australia, by state passenger services, the national railway asset owner, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) (www.artc.com.au), and by contractors providing infrastructure services to these operators. Demand for railway infrastructure workers depends on the levels of railway construction and maintenance activity. Employment opportunities may increase with previous relevant experience. With experience and further training, promotion to supervisory or other positions is possible.