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$2,074 per week


Railway Track Workers lay and repair tracks for railways, tramways, quarries and mines, and install and repair signals and other equipment.


  • spreading and tamping ballast to provide firm foundation for sleepers
  • cutting rails to length and grinding worn and rough rail ends
  • placing sleepers across roadbeds, and positioning and fastening rails on sleepers
  • drilling bolt holes, and bolting and welding rail sections
  • removing and replacing worn and damaged rails, sleepers and switches
  • cleaning and lubricating switches
  • examining track, lubricating wheel bearings on rolling stock and maintaining switch signal lamps
  • installing and repairing signals and other equipment
  • may assist with the righting of derailed rolling stock.


  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

To become a Railway Track Worker

  • You can work as a Railway Track Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in rail infrastructure or rail track surfacing might be helpful.

    Certificate III in Rail Track Surfacing

Skills employers are looking for

  • Communication Skills

  • Organisational Skills

  • Inspection

  • Writing

  • Project Management

  • Supervisory Skills

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