A group of railway track workers replace sections of track

Railway Track Worker

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

Overview

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

Day-to-day

  • 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.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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$2,074 / week
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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

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

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