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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Track Worker

Track Worker

Railway Track Workers build, inspect, maintain, and repair tracks for heavy and light railways. They may also lay and repair tracks at tramways, quarries and mines, and install and repair signals and other equipment. Railway Track Workers work in both metropolitan and regional areas, and are employed by both on passenger and freight rail services.

This role is most suited to people who are mechanically minded, like physical work and enjoy working in teams.

Railway Track Workers may perform the following tasks:

  • Lay and fix foundations and sleepers
  • Cut rails to correct length
  • Install railway switches
  • Repair and maintain worn or rough rail ends
  • Assist with the righting of derailed rolling stock.

Track Workers are particularly in demand by the mining industry, which is expanding its network of tracks. The rail industry continues to grow and has many diverse career opportunities.

Industry facts

  • Demand for rail services is growing. The sector employs more than 110,000 people in a wide range of occupations, disciplines and professions
  • Track Workers are vital to the safe and efficient operation of trains. In the past they were employed directly by rail companies, but now they are also employed by construction and maintenance sub-contractors
  • Track Workers can often work at night. The work is predominately outdoors and can take place in all weather conditions.

Entry Qualifications

Workers must hold a First Aid Certificate and a current certificate of medical fitness that certifies they meet required medical and eyesight standards.


  • Workers need a Safe Working accreditation.

Training qualification:

    • Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure
    • Certificate III in Rail Track Surfacing
    • Certificate III in Rail Structures
    • Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure

Many rail companies recruit and train staff directly.

Estimated Salary

$36,000 – $75,400 (Median $67,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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