In the rail industry, a graphic designer updates train control graphs, reproduces timetables and special notices, and alters blueprints and station or platform information boards and other documents, as needed. In some organisations, they may also read and record inbound train movements. Regardless, the information they design and produce must be correct and easily read and understood. They routinely use office equipment such as computers, printers and binders to produce information.
Knowledge, skills and attributes
As a graphic designer, you will need strong communication skills for liaising with other staff and good project and time management skills. You must also be able to maintain a high standard of accuracy and quality and ability to work to tight timeframes. You must have a positive customer focus and a strong regard for safety.
You will be office-based and usually as part of a small team. The working environment is often busy working to tight timeframes.
Entry requirements and ongoing training and development
There are no specific requirements however the minimum would be completion of relevant secondary school qualifications. Graphic designers need to be proficient in software such as Adobe or Microsoft and there are many vocational courses in this area. You will also develop expertise in rail specific software that may include train graph drafting systems.
The value of a career in the rail industry
For even more details on what you might earn, the diversity of companies you could work for and the career opportunities available, visit the following careers and training websites. Careers in Rail by the Australasian Railway Association, About the Rail Industry by Rail Skills Australasia and Rail Training by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC).
For more information
Given the nature of this role, career paths are hard to define as in some organisations graphics design is outsourced. You may progress to senior graphics designer, team leader or manager depending on the size and structure of the organisation.
This information is generic. Job titles and the experience and qualifications needed to move into other jobs may vary depending on the structure and needs of your organisation and government rules and regulations.