Train drivers drive trains along a rail network in order to transport passengers or freight.
Duties & Tasks
Train drivers may perform the following tasks:operate the train's controls
manage and coordinate train movements
stop at stations to pick up passengers or freight
inspect trains and report defects or adjustments
shunt rolling stock in marshalling yards
provide information to passengers using an onboard communications system
refuel diesel trains and check oil, water and sand, and top up as necessary
observe and obey rail signalling instructions, speed limits and other railway rules, procedures and instructions from the network control centre.
All train drivers work shifts, which may include weekends and public holidays. Train crew on long-distance journeys may be required to stay away overnight.
ability to work within a team environment
good communication skills
able to solve mechanical and technical problems
good problem-solving and decision-making skills
good memory for learning safety procedures and regulations.