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With almost 200 job families in the rail industry, the A-Z provides a short description of the most common jobs found in the Australasian rail industry. Each job definition includes its job title, the main parts of the job, entrance requirements and necessary qualifications.

Account Executive

Manages the business relationship between the rail organisation and the client or business partner. Depending on the nature of the work, it may be either financial or sales focused. Normally, you will be required to hold a related degree. You will need to be well organised and have good administration and interpersonal skills for this role.


Plans and provides sytems and services relating to the financial dealings of an organisation and its employees. They also advise on recording-keeping and compliance requirements. Requires a bachelor degree or higher as well as registration or licensing.

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Accounts Officer

Arranges the payment of bills and accounts, assists with administering payroll and maintains petty cash for the office. You may work in this area without formal qualifications, but vocational qualifications are well regarded. Must have an eye for detail, accurate numeracy and good computer skills.

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Administration Assistant

Works across all business units providing administration support that is often of a sensitive nature. No specific qualifications required but vocational qualifications in administration and office management are well regarded.

Administration Careers

Provide administration support for corporate and operational areas within freight and passenger rail. Positions include within depots, finance, human resources, training, sales, communications and marketing. Although no specific qualifications are required, a certificate or diploma in business administration and word processing and computer skills are highly desired.

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Administration Officer

Provides administration support. Tasks include: sorting mail, filing, writing letters and reports , answering telephone, attending to visitors, operating office equipment, banking, payroll and rostering functions. Tasks may vary between freight and passenger rail. No formal qualifications required, but you need a relevant secondary qualification. Vocational qualifications in business and business administration (may be offered as a traineeship) are well regarded.

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics cover both electrical and mechanical areas. They assemble, install, service and repair refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics may also be involved in pipe fitting, welding and electrical wiring. In both New Zealand and Australia, you will be required to have good results in high school maths and English and complete a trade qualification. You my be required to acquire additional tickets, certificates, licenses and registration to work in the rail corridor.

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Alternative Transport Officer

Helps plan and implement alternative transport to train services when trains are not available. They minimise disruptions. Although no specific qualifications are necessary, skills in finance, risk and project management, and the ability to process information quickly and safely, are useful.

Area Controller

Controls, coordinates and supervises train, locomotive and traffic movements. Requires technical skills in communication systems, signalling,and network operations. A Cert III in Rail Signalling or Cert IV in Network Control are applicable to this role.

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Asset Engineer

Provides asset management and project support for assets such as electrical, signalling, track, stuctures, telecommunications and rolling stock equipment. Requires an engineering degree or project management qualification and experience in maintenance or project management.

Assistant Engineer

Assists with the planning, designing, installing and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems. Usually works on jobs that lie between trade and engineering, under direction of a professional engineer. Requires a Cert III trade certificate and relevant experience.


Evaluates and improves the effectiveness of any system that has an impact on the effective operation of an organisation eg. finances, information technology, and risk management. Requires a bachelor degree or higher, and many organisations require an auditor to have membership with the Institute of Internal Auditors.

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