|Careers in Rail|
The rail industry is made up of freight companies that operate or hire railways for the transportation of freight or provide services allied to railway transport; and companies operating railways for the transportation of passengers.
A major factor affecting this industry is the ageing workforce. Positions in short supply include drivers, overhead catenary maintainers, wagon maintainers, operational maintainers, train controllers, mechanical and electrical tradespeople, perway patrollers, signal technicians, project managers, engineers and specialists in areas such as train services and train management.
The list below contains some of the possible positions that can be held in the Rail industry. Following the links will provide more information on the positions, the associated qualifications and job vacancies in WA.
* Please note that this list is a guide and titles and qualifications can vary.
|Job Title||Qualification||Job Vacancies|
|Shunter||Certificate II in Shunting||Shunter|
|Signaller||Certificate III in Rail Signalling||Signaller|
|Mobile Plant Operator||Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure||Mobile Plant Operator|
|Track Worker||Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure||Track Worker|
|Crew Rostering Clerk||Certificate III in Rail Customer Service||Crew Rostering Clerk|
|Per Way Patroller||Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure||Perway Patroller|
|Transit Officer||Certificate III in Security Operations (Construction & Property Services)||Transit Officer|
|Signal Maintainer||Certificate III in Mechanical Rail Signalling||Signal Maintainer|
|Train Driver||Certificate IV in Train Driving||Train Driver|
|Train Controller||Certificate IV in Rail Network Control||Train Controller|
|Train Planner||Certificate IV in Rail Infrastructure||Train Planner|
|Operations Manager||Certificate IV in Rail Infrastructure||Operations Manager (Rail)|
|Rail Safety Manager||Certificate IV in Rail Infrastructure||Rail Safety Manager|
|Safeworking Supervisor||Certificate IV in Rail Infrastructure||Safeworking Supervisor|
|Signal Technician||Certificate IV in Electrical-Rail Signalling||Signal Technician|
|Terminal Manager (Rail)||Diploma of Logistics||Terminal Manager (Rail)|
|Electrician||Certificate III in Rail – Communications and Networks||Electrician|
|Fitter and Turner||Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade||Fitter and Turner|
|Operational Maintainer||Relevant skills sets||Operational Maintainer|
|Track Maintainer||Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure||Track Maintainer|
|Track Welder||Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure||Track Welder|
|Engineer||Appropriate degree and specialised graduate program||Engineer|
Training has traditionally been on a needs basis. The industry is heavily regulated, with qualifications linked to regulatory requirements, which is where most training has occurred. The industry has recognised the need to train and develop its workforce for future needs.
Approximately 45% of rail workers in WA have no post school qualifications; 31% have a certificate qualification; 6% have a diploma qualification and 13% have tertiary qualifications. National indications approximately 58% of railway track workers and 52% of train drivers have no post school qualifications; with training predominantly linked to regulatory requirements. This means that many workers may have achieved skill sets but not whole qualifications. However, the level of training for these workers has increased in recent years, particularly with the introduction of new qualifications by the TLISC.