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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Network Controller

Network Controller

Network controllers are responsible for controlling the movement of trains using computerised and mechanical control systems.

They also ensure that trains arrive on time and without incident. If an incident does occur, they make sure everything is made safe and gets back on track. They liaise with other employees to check that safety standards are maintained. Network Controllers should be able to act appropriately in emergency situations and be alert
and safety conscious. They should also be able to concentrate for long periods on detailed information.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Respond promptly to warning alarms and equipment failures
  • Compile and maintain records and reports about conditions and movement of trains
  • Initiate and manage emergency procedures and coordinate the train network so that each train within the area remains safe.

Industry facts

  • Rail is one of the largest and most diverse industries in Australia, offering a true network of opportunities.
  • The expansion of technology has led to a reduction in the number of people required to operate a train. This is a highly specialised occupation that has been dependent on a significant length of experience and competence in feeder rail jobs.
  • They are usually employed by railway owners and passenger and freight operators.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Certificate IV in Rail Network Control

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