Railway Signal Operator

Railway Signal Operators are primarily responsible for operating signals to control the movement of railway traffic and safeguarding railway freight trains during runs.

They operate railroad track switches, separate rolling stock to make up or break up trains, and signal engineers by hand or flagging. Railway Signal Operators need to be alert and be able to concentrate for extended periods.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Set up signal routes to ensure prompt and safe movement of trains
  • Apply safety measures by checking and assessing equipment and structures
  • Monitor and record train movement.
  • Control flow of railway traffic by operating signals and switches from control panel or signal box

Industry facts

  • The Australian Rail sector employsmore than 40,000 people directly and another 60,000 indirectly.
  • Rail competes nationally and internationally to attract, develop and retain essential staff to ensure continuing services and meet increasing demand.
  • With parts of this role being replaced with technological solutions, this occupation now requires workers to have higher skills to be able to deal with upgraded rail signaling and communication systems.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Certificate III in Transport and Logistics (Rail Operations)

Estimated Salary

$22,000-40,000 (median – $31,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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