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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.

Electrical Commissioning Engineer

Ensures engineering designs and manufacturing are cost effective. Works to specifications and lisises with internal customers and suppliers. Requires electrical engineering degree and research experience.

Electrical Design Engineer

Designs, develops, and tests electrical devices, equipment and systems. Electrical design engineers often divide their time between the laboratory, the office and in the field implementing or testing electrical products. Requires a bachelor degree.

Electrical Engineer

Works on the design, construction and maintenance of rail's infrastructure, equipment and power. Includes electronics, power, telecommunications and mechatronics disciplines. Requires a bachelor degree and certification with Engineers Australia.

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Electrical Engineering Associate

Assists engineers and technologists on specific electrical elements of a system. They are required to have an Engineers Australia recognised two-year engineering associate qualification or equivalent.

Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

Prepares detailed drawings and plans of electrical installations and circuitry to support professional engineers and technologists. Cert III trade qualification, diploma or a higher qualification is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

Electrical Engineering Technician

Conducts tests of electrical systems, prepares charts and assists engineers and technologists. They are also known as electrical instrument technicians. The entry requirement is a Cert III trade qualification, diploma or above. Registration or licensing may be required.

Electrical Linesperson

Installs, repairs and maintains overhead lines and cables carrying electricity for electric train services. Requires a Cert III and trade in electricity supply.

Electrical Linesworker

Installs, maintains, repairs and patrols electrical sub-transmission and distribution systems, including transformers, conductors, aerial equipment, high voltage overhead lines, and underground cables and equipment. They also attend to electrical breakdowns and emergencies. Important specialisations include: distribution, transmission and railway traction. Requires a trade certificate and registration or licensing may be required. In Australia, there are other qualifications in this area which may be offered as an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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Electrical Maintenance Engineer

Applies and modifies established engineering practices such as the design and implementation of electrical and electronic engineering projects. The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree. Some roles may require experience as well.

Electrical or Electronic Engineering Technologist

Works in the design, manufacture, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of electrical and/or electronic plants and equipment. Requires a technology or engineering degree with a major in electrical or electronic engineering.

Electrical Traction and Distribution Engineer

Develops and maintains rail traction and distribution systems using high voltage, lines and underground cables to substations. Requires an electrical degree.

Electrical Trades Careers

Install and maintain electrical components, wiring, equipment and systems within the rail industry (eg. in buildings, offices, suburban stations, offices, workshops and switch yards). Trades include: signal electrician/technician, substation distribution electrician, rolling stock electrician, facilities electrician, and a distribution electrician. If you want a career in an electrical trade, you need good results in high school English and maths, and an electrical trade apprenticeship and qualification. You may be required to do further studies, such as an advanced diploma, as well as gain tickets, certification, licences and registration.

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Installs, maintains, tests and commissions electrical and electronic equipment and systems. They may also work on electrical transmission and distribution equipment. They are required to complete a Cert III electrical trade apprenticeship. Registration or licence required.

Electrolysis Technician

Assists engineers to construct, test and install the electrolysis mitigation network. Requires a Cert III trade apprenticeship plus experience. Registration and/or electrician licence is required.

Electronics and Communications Engineering Associate

Conducts and assists with the research, design, manufacture, repair and maintenance of advanced electronic equipment and systems. Requires a diploma or higher qualification specialising in electronic engineering, systems or technology.

Electronics and Communications Technician

Diagnoses faults and repairs electronic devices including audiovisual, broadcast and business equipment. They are required to have an apprenticeship in electronics and communications. Registration or licence also required in some organisations.

Electronics Engineer

Designs, develops, tests and maintains electronic parts and systems covering analog electronics, digital electronics, consumer electronics, embedded systems and power electronics. Requires a degree in electronics engineering.

Engineering Assistant

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.

Engineering Associate

Assists engineers and technologists on specific elements of a system. Requires an Engineers Australia recognised two-year engineering associate qualification or equivalent.

Engineering Draftsperson

Prepares technical design drawings for the construction of structural, transportation, and drainage projects. Requires Certificate IV or higher in structural or engineering design.

Engineering Manager

Plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates the engineering and technical operations of an organisation. Registration or licensing is required. Requires a bachelor degree and graduate qualifications and usually up to 15 years of relevant experience.

Engineering Technicians and Draftspersons

Perform a variety of skilled tasks, for example an engineering technician will apply broad or in-depth technical, trade or industry-specific knowledge, often in support of engineering activities. A draftsperson will prepare detailed drawings and plans to support engineers and technologists, in their area of expertise (for example, civil or electrical engineering). Both technicians and draftspersons require an associate degree, advanced diploma or a diploma - although several years experience may substitute for a formal qualification.

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Engineering Technologist

Solves complex engineering problems by investigating and analysing problems carefully. They are concerned with maintaining advanced equipment or control systems, and researching and testing. A bachelor degree in engineering is required and experience in your discipline.

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Environmental Engineer

Provides technical assistance on environmental issues and solutions associated with rail operation and engineering projects. Requires a bachelor degree in environmental science or engineering.

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Environmental Scientist

Studies, develops, implements and advises on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources. Requires a bachelor degree, specialising in environmental science.


Estimates costs of material and labour for an engineering project. Requires a degree in engineering, quantity surveying or similar, and experience with estimating software.

Events Manager

Coordinates rail events involving the public. Depending on the role, may require a relevant degree including events management or public relations. Some rail organisations may prefer hands-on experience in events management. Exceptional organisational skills required.

Executive Assistant

Differs from a personal assistant in that they are expected to possess a high degree of business acumen and be able to manage projects as well as acting as ‘gatekeeper’. No specific degree required, but extensive rail experience and excellent communication and organisational skills are necessary.