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Train Driver

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Also known as Railcar Driver.

Train drivers drive trains along a rail network in order to transport passengers or freight.

All train drivers work shifts, which may include weekends and public holidays.

Train crew on long-distance journeys may be required to stay away overnight.

TASKS

    Train drivers may perform the following tasks:

  • operate the train's controls
  • manage and coordinate train movements
  • stop at stations to pick up passengers or freight
  • inspect trains and report defects or adjustments
  • shunt rolling stock in marshalling yards
  • provide information to passengers using an onboard communications system
  • refuel diesel trains and check oil, water and sand, and top up as necessary
  • observe and obey rail signalling instructions, speed limits and other railway rules, procedures and instructions from the network control centre

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • ability to work within a team environment
  • good communication skills
  • able to solve mechanical and technical problems
  • good problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • good memory for learning safety procedures and regulations

Interest Area

Manual/Practical

SPECIALISATIONS

Tram Driver - drives trams over established routes to transport passengers on urban tramway systems. Their tasks may include operating controls to change the direction of a tram, negotiating traffic, advising passengers on routes and stops, and stopping at set locations to allow passengers to board and disembark.

EDUCATION & TRAINING


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To become a train driver you usually need to complete a traineeship in Rail Driving.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details see the Australian Apprenticeships section. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.


Additional Information

    Applicants must undergo a selection process, including an interview, a medical assessment, and personality, aptitude and ability tests. Age limits may apply.

    You may need a current drivers licence, a National Police Check and a driving history report.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Transport and Logistics Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Train drivers are employed by passenger and freight rail operators. Rail services are provided throughout NSW and the ACT by passenger operators such as Sydney Trains and by national freight operators such as Asciano.

With experience and further training, promotion to supervisory or other positions is possible.

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