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Railway Track Workers

ANZSCO ID 8216

Overview

All Railway Track Workers

  • $2,074 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 5,800 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

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

Specialisations: Track Inspector.

You can work as a Railway Track Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in rail infrastructure or rail track surfacing might be helpful.

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

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Railway Track Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in rail infrastructure or rail track surfacing might be helpful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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

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.

  6. Public safety and security

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Customer and personal service

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    42% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Physics

    41% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  11. Production and processing

    40% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  12. Technical design

    36% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  13. Geography

    33% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  14. Chemistry

    32% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  15. English language

    31% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Clerical

    25% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  18. Telecommunications

    25% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  19. Psychology

    25% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  20. Law and government

    23% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  2. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  5. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  6. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  8. Repairing

    43% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  9. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Active listening

    39% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Time management

    39% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Instructing

    37% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Active learning

    34% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  16. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  17. Equipment selection

    32% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  18. Learning strategies

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    30% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    29% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    57% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  2. Multilimb coordination

    57% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  3. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  4. Static strength

    54% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  5. Reaction time

    52% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  6. Visualization

    50% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  7. Depth perception

    48% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  8. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  9. Dynamic strength

    46% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  10. Extent flexibility

    46% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  11. Oral comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  12. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  13. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  14. Rate control

    45% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  15. Auditory attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  16. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  17. Near vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  18. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  19. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  20. Finger dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    69% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    60% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    58% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    58% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Working with mechanical equipment

    57% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  9. Driving vehicles or equipment

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Coordinating the work of a team

    53% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  11. Communicating within a team

    50% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Thinking creatively

    48% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  13. Checking for errors or defects

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    48% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  15. Collecting and organising information

    46% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    44% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Researching and investigating

    44% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    42% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Assessing and evaluating things

    40% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  20. Explaining things to people

    37% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
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.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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.

  6. Telephone

    88% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Health and safety of others

    88% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  8. Physically close to people

    88% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  9. Very hot or cold temperatures

    88% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  10. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    87% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  11. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Dangerous equipment

    86% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  13. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    83% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  14. Unstructured work

    81% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    81% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Responsible for outcomes

    80% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  17. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  18. Exposure to contaminants

    79% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  19. Bright or inadequate lighting

    79% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  20. Being exact or accurate

    78% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    38% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    33% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    19% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
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.

All Railway Track Workers

  • $2,074 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 5,800 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

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

Specialisations: Track Inspector.

You can work as a Railway Track Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in rail infrastructure or rail track surfacing might be helpful.

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

You can work as a Railway Track Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in rail infrastructure or rail track surfacing might be helpful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

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

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.

  6. Public safety and security

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Customer and personal service

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    42% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Physics

    41% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  11. Production and processing

    40% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  12. Technical design

    36% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  13. Geography

    33% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  14. Chemistry

    32% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  15. English language

    31% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Clerical

    25% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  18. Telecommunications

    25% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  19. Psychology

    25% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  20. Law and government

    23% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  2. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  5. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  6. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  8. Repairing

    43% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  9. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Active listening

    39% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Time management

    39% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  13. Instructing

    37% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Active learning

    34% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  16. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  17. Equipment selection

    32% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  18. Learning strategies

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    30% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    29% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    57% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  2. Multilimb coordination

    57% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  3. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  4. Static strength

    54% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  5. Reaction time

    52% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  6. Visualization

    50% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  7. Depth perception

    48% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  8. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  9. Dynamic strength

    46% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  10. Extent flexibility

    46% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  11. Oral comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  12. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  13. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  14. Rate control

    45% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  15. Auditory attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  16. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  17. Near vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  18. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  19. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  20. Finger dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    69% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    60% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    58% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    58% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Working with mechanical equipment

    57% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  9. Driving vehicles or equipment

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Coordinating the work of a team

    53% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  11. Communicating within a team

    50% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Thinking creatively

    48% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  13. Checking for errors or defects

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    48% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  15. Collecting and organising information

    46% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    44% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Researching and investigating

    44% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    42% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Assessing and evaluating things

    40% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  20. Explaining things to people

    37% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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.

  6. Telephone

    88% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Health and safety of others

    88% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  8. Physically close to people

    88% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  9. Very hot or cold temperatures

    88% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  10. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    87% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  11. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Dangerous equipment

    86% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  13. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    83% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  14. Unstructured work

    81% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    81% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Responsible for outcomes

    80% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  17. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  18. Exposure to contaminants

    79% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  19. Bright or inadequate lighting

    79% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  20. Being exact or accurate

    78% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    38% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    33% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    19% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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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