Railway Track Plant Operators operate plants to lay, align, repair and maintain railway tracks.

    You can work as a Railway Track Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in rail infrastructure might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Drives plant to lay, align and carry out maintenance work on railway tracks.
    • Maintains equipment.

    All Other Mobile Plant Operators

    • $1,375 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Railway Track Plant Operators

    • 230 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 53 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • % female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Railway Track Plant Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 330 in 2011 to 230 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Railway Track Plant Operators work in Queensland and Western Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Construction; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 53 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 0% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing44.5
    Construction33.2
    Manufacturing7.9
    Financial and Insurance Services4.4
    Other Industries10.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateRailway Track Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.731.6
    VIC15.125.6
    QLD25.320.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA21.310.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketRailway Track Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-242.3-9.39.3
    25-3430.0-22.922.9
    35-4425.9-22.022.0
    45-5425.5-21.621.6
    55-5910.5-9.09.0
    60-644.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationRailway Track Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV38.0-21.121.1
    Year 1219.0-18.118.1
    Year 1111.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below25.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Railway Track Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in rail infrastructure might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • rail industry worker ticket
    • forklift licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
    • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
    • drug and alcohol test
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

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    Employers look for Other Mobile Plant Operators who are trustworthy and responsible, can communicate with a variety of people and have good team work skills

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and construction

      64% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    2. Mechanical

      62% Skill level

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

    3. Engineering and technology

      53% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    4. Transportation

      47% Skill level

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

    5. Mathematics

      47% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    The skills and 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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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      100% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      99% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      98% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

      96% Important

      Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

    5. Contact with people

      91% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and 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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