Meet the people

There are more than 100 different types of jobs in rail. Whether you're starting your career as a graduate, coming from a trade or looking for a new direction, there is a role in rail for you. If you work in rail and love your job, tell us why.
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Workers in hats and safety gear looking at map
Engineer, Transport Planner, Aurecon
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Ruw Palapathwala 

“Rail stations leave a lasting impact on communities. I love being a part of that.”

Acting Senior Regulatory Data Analyst, ONRSR
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Chelsea Winskill 

“There’s a lot of collaboration in rail. It’s a great working environment”

Senior Rail Consultant, Systra Group
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Kawtar Hadjadj 

“Rail is exciting and innovative …There are so many opportunities to do new things.”

Asset Inspector, Condron Family Group
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Charlotte Budge 

I would recommend a job in rail to anyone who doesn’t like sitting at a desk each day.”

Systems Engineer, Systra
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Paloma Zafra Tunon

"If you like engineering, the rail industry gives you possibilities for almost everything."

Senior Project Manager, Yarra Trams
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Amer Aboul-Hosn

“In rail you’re always surprised with what you find, what you learn and who you interact with.”

Cyber Security Officer, Public Transport Authority, WA
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Hannah Rice 

“In cyber security you have to put yourself in the hacker’s mind … just thinking about how and where they might launch an attack is fascinating.”

Signalling Technician, ARTC
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Rhys Wilkinson

“In rail every problem is slightly different and that makes you think outside the box.”

Specialist, Occupational Health & Safety, Yarra Trams
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Lynne Boag

"After having no real interest in trams, I now find them fascinating."

Head of Engineering, Civil and Structural Systems, Yarra Trams
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Dianne Banks

In rail, engineering isn’t just about numbers it’s about people and innovation.”

Track Force Protection Co-ordinator, Metro Trains Melbourne
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Naomi Davies

"I like the problem-solving aspect of the job, working out how to protect the work crew."

Manager Telecommunications Systems Engineering, Queensland Rail
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Nia Schuhen

“I’m proud of my role in helping 30 million passengers a year arrive safely at their destinations.”

Operator Maintainer, Queensland Rail
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Jade Watson

“Queensland Rail has a huge focus on safety and well-being. It’s made it a great place to work.”

Train Driver Instructor, Public Transport Authority, WA
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Margaret Fisk 

“I swapped from being a full-time mum to being a train driver ... now I'm a driving instructor."

Transformation Delivery Manager, Queensland Rail
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Renae Carter  

What I love about rail is the diversity of opportunities, the support of the training and the passion of the people.”

Senior Design Engineer, DT Infrastructure
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J.C. Pook

“I get great satisfaction from seeing my designs being built and used by the public.”

Traction Electrician, Queensland Rail
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Daniel Calebrano

"Our priority is to ensure that the overhead network and the infrastructure for powering trains and trams are kept in peak condition.”

Substation Electrician, Queensland Rail
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Simon Mills

“Once I got into Queensland Rail, I realised how big the electrical field in the sector is. And how many different avenues in rail there are."

Project Integration Manager, Public Transport Authority, WA
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Therese Martinovich 

“Rail is transforming every day. It’s so dynamic, and such a diverse industry.”

Procurement Specialist, Metro Trains Melbourne
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Kaine Hadlow

"It’s interesting and quite a challenge to meet KPIs for local content and social procurement."

Mechanical Engineer, Victoria Department of Transport
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Shanil Perera

“There’s so much new technology, so many opportunities, and so much new growth coming.”

Human Factors Specialist, Jacobs Engineering Group
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Donna Daly 

“Being part of a focus to improve safety and prevent injuries is incredibly rewarding.”

Human Factors Specialist, Transport for New South Wales
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Nathan Hines 

“Rail presents workers with so many different career pathways.”

Interface and Integration Manager, Downer
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Bryan Lai

"It never occurred to me that I could get a job that would keep me interested for life."

Asset Inspector, Sterling Infrastructure
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Glen Mitchell 

“I’ve worked the hi-rail along the tracks from Newcastle to Brisbane. Rail has been an amazing adventure.”

Project Manager (Civil/Structures), Metro Train Melbourne
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Patrick Raymond

"I enjoy anything that involves problem-solving and good career options ... rail certainly provides that."

Telecommunications Engineer, SA Public Transport Authority
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Christine Konings

I’m required to be creative, to think outside the box.”

Operator Maintainer, Queensland Rail
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Jordan Ward

“Joining the railways was probably the best decision I’ve made.”

Expand your career options 

Rail urgently needs more welders, signallers, electricians, drivers and network controllers. 

We're also looking for new and high-tech skills in areas like cyber technology, digital engineering, human factors, robotics, data analytics and more. 

As roles change so does the face of rail. The industry today is providing meaningful, well-paid career opportunities for women and people from First Nations and diverse cultural communities.

By choosing to work in rail, you're choosing to be part of something big. Your job is making a difference to the communities and regions you're helping to connect.

Check out our training pathways and start your journey to a new rail career today.