Train Controllers oversee the safe movement of trains using computerised train control signalling systems.

    You can work as a Train Controller without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in terminal train driving or rail network control might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Authorises and direct movements of trains.
    • Communicates with locomotive engineers to ensure safe movements of trains.
    • Familiarises themselves with the weight, length and schedules of trains.
    • Records movement of trains including departures and scheduled stops.
    • Provides other train controllers with information on trains progress.
    • Authorises and controls any activity taking place on railway tracks, including maintenance work.
    • Contacts relevant personal to deal with faults or mechanical failures.
    • Reports any accidents or incidents to the land transport authority and any other relevant body such as emergency services.

    All Other Stationary Plant Operators

    • $1,886 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Train Controllers

    • 1,200 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 13% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Train Controllers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Train Controllers work in Queensland and Western Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Mining; and Financial and Insurance Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (55%).
    • Gender: 13% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Warehousing70.6
    Mining10.3
    Financial and Insurance Services10.1
    Public Administration and Safety4.0
    Other Industries5.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateTrain ControllersAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.431.6
    VIC16.025.6
    QLD25.920.0
    SA6.87.0
    WA17.110.8
    TAS0.72.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketTrain ControllersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.8-9.39.3
    25-3418.7-22.922.9
    35-4424.5-22.022.0
    45-5432.6-21.621.6
    55-5913.5-9.09.0
    60-647.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationTrain ControllersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV30.4-21.121.1
    Year 1218.6-18.118.1
    Year 116.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below24.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Train Controller without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in terminal train driving or rail network control might be helpful.

    Membership with the Rail Industry Worker may be useful.

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    Employers look for Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Transportation

      59% Skill level

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

    2. Public Safety and Security

      57% Skill level

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

    3. Education and Training

      50% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    4. Mechanical

      46% Skill level

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

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      45% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      96% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    3. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      94% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      93% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

    5. Contact With Others

      90% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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