Civil Engineer

Also known as: Project Engineers - Civil, Civil Engineering Technician

Job Role: Plan, design, construct and maintain rail tracks and support structures such as bridges and tunnels.

Female engineer

The role

Civil Engineers in rail work on rail expansions and important upgrades. They are responsible for planning, designing and maintaining railway track and stations, or structures such as bridges or tunnels.

Tasks include:

• determining project design, construction methods and materials
• preparing plans, designs and diagrams for construction work
• coordinating site activity including the delivery of plant and equipment
• monitoring and assessing the impact of changes to designs
• inspecting and supervising construction, maintenance and repair works

Female engineer
Skills required

Skills required to be a civil engineer

  • Good problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work both as part of a team and alone
  • Good communication skills
  • An understanding of industry quality standards


Entry pathways

Previous experience

Civil Engineers in rail have often worked as a Civil Engineering Draftsperson or come from a background in:

  • construction
  • defence
  • resource sectors.


Minimum requirements

Meet the people

Meet the people

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

She graduated with a degree in civil engineering and business administration and is now responsible for ensuring Melbourne's trams are safe and reliable. 

You can read about Dianne's career here.