Railway Track Workers lay and repair tracks for railways, tramways, quarries and mines, and install and repair signals and other equipment.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Tasks

  • spreading and tamping ballast to provide firm foundation for sleepers
  • cutting rails to length and grinding worn and rough rail ends
  • placing sleepers across roadbeds, and positioning and fastening rails on sleepers
  • drilling bolt holes, and bolting and welding rail sections
  • removing and replacing worn and damaged rails, sleepers and switches
  • cleaning and lubricating switches
  • examining track, lubricating wheel bearings on rolling stock and maintaining switch signal lamps
  • installing and repairing signals and other equipment
  • may assist with the righting of derailed rolling stock

Job Titles

  • Railway Track Worker
  • Railway Track Worker

    Specialisations: Track Inspector

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 3,600 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 92.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41.6 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 3.8% female Gender Share

The number of Railway Track Workers is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 3,600 in 2018 to 4,000 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Railway Track Workers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland or Western Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Construction; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92.1%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3.8% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20085200
20095600
20107100
20116600
20123600
20133600
20145500
20152400
20164500
20175400
20183600
20234000

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing48.9
Construction41.1
Manufacturing3.0
Other Services2.9
Other Industries4.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateRailway Track WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.231.6
VIC5.426.2
QLD39.619.7
SA0.06.7
WA24.810.8
TAS0.02.0
NT0.01.1
ACT1.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketRailway Track WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-240.0-9.99.9
25-3427.5-23.623.6
35-4426.0-21.721.7
45-5430.4-20.820.8
55-597.6-8.88.8
60-648.4-6.06.0
65 and Over0.0-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Railway Track Workers who are motivated and hardworking.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    73% Important

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  2. Mechanical

    73% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Building and Construction

    70% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  4. Public Safety and Security

    65% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Administration and Management

    61% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-4061.00 - Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    93% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    89% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    89% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  4. Handling and Moving Objects

    89% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  5. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    88% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-4061.00 - Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators.

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