Rail Engineer

Rail Engineers are responsible for installing and maintaining mechanical and electrical systems in railway machinery, equipment, train engines and passenger carriages.

Day-to-day work of Rail Engineers can be different depending on their area of expertise. This can include locomotives/wagons (mechanical engineering), signals and overhead wiring (electrical engineering), the track (civil engineering) or communications (telecommunications/electronics engineering). They provide technical advice in regards to the safe and capable maintenance, construction and upgrading of the rail industry. It is important to have strong communication and time management skills, effective planning and budgeting and analytical skills in this role. Having an understanding of industry quality standards is also essential.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Maintain railway equipment and adjust instruments
  • Work on engines
  • Locate faults on electrical systems and check the trains for mechanical problems
  • Make minor or major repairs and document them in the maintenance log
  • Order parts for train and make new parts as needed

Industry facts

  • The Rail Industry has a huge variety of roles and environments in which engineers can work.With more than $30 billion to be invested in the future there are plenty of interesting and rewarding careers for engineers to design,construct and support our transport systems.
  • Rail is one of the largest and most diverse industries in Australia,offering a true network of opportunities.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Industry accreditation through to degree programs

Estimated Salary

$80,000 – $150,000 (median: $115,000)*:
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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