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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.

Radio-communications Technician

Installs, maintains, repairs and diagnoses malfunctions of communications systems within the rail company. They also integrate systems with computer software, hardware, desktops, databases and operating systems. As a radio-communications technician, you will provide technical advice. Requires at least a relevant diploma qualification and experience. You will need excellent written and verbal communication skills, have a curious mind and desire to solve problems, and sound literacy and numeracy.

Rail Investigator

Investigates claims of misconduct or breaches against codes of conduct of rail employees, by other employees or the public. They also investigate work health and safety (WHS) incidents, accidents and statistics.To be a rail investigator, you must have strong administration, research and writing skills. You also have to be able to focus on the issues, be observant and listen carefully. Depending on the area, you may be required to have specialist rail qualifications and experience (e.g. WHS).

Rail Safety Investigator

Conducts investigations into accidents and incidents involving members of the public, passengers and rail employees. They are usually people with significant rail industry experience and who may, or may not, be qualified safety practitioners with knowledge of work health and safety (WHS). This is not an entry level role, and tertiary qualifications in rail safety investigating is under development.

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Railway Signal Electrician

Installs and maintains signalling systems for trains and automobiles. You may be required to have a Cert IV in Rail Signalling, and a signal electricians licence.

Recruitment Consultant

Usually this person will be a human resources (HR) specialist involved in recruitment functions e.g. assisting with selection of job candidates, preparing job advertisements or recruitment campaigns, and defining job criteria and training needs. Requires a bachelor degree in human resources with a recruitment major or recruitment experience.

Rehabilitation Officer

Supports the case management of rail staff participating in disability management services due to a disability, injury or health condition. Depending on the rail organisation, you will require a minimum of a certificate IV in a related area and experience with workers compensation. You may come from a health or nursing background.

Rolling Stock Electrician

Specialises in the electrical requirements of rolling stock such as train operating computer systems. They install and maintain high and low voltage rail electrical equipment, and install and maintain low voltage lighting and power services. Requires an electrical trade qualification and possibly a post study trade certificate and an electrician's licence. You need to enjoy mathematical and technical activities, have diagnostic ability and be safety-conscious as well as have good literacy and numeracy skills to become a rolling stock electrician.

Rolling Stock Engineer

Plans, designs and oversees the development, assembly, installation, operation and maintenance of trains (rolling stock), equipment and mechanical services. Requires an electrical, mechanical or mechatronics degree in engineering.

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Rostering Officer

Employed where people work on shifts to ensure there are enough workers to run the network. No entry requirements but administration skills, rostering software knowledge and some experience with human resources (HR) policies and awards is desirable. Attention to detail is important in this role.