Rail Signalling Technician

Also known as: Signaller, Electrician (Rail signalling)

Job Role: Assemble, install, test and maintain railway signals

Job insights

Skills required to be a Rail Signalling Technician

  • Ability to assess and plan
  • Eye for detail
  • Problem solving
  • Safety awareness

Job role

Identify and manage risks, Inspecting, testing and monitoring, Interpret and evaluate technical information, Operate electrical equipment, Digital, data and systems management

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The role

A Rail Signalling Technician installs and maintains rail signalling and communication systems used to control train movements.

Tasks include:
• installing, modifying, maintaining and repairing complex electronic and mechanical signalling equipment
• testing and monitoring to ensure the safety and reliability of signalling equipment
• ensuring all work is performed according to Workplace Health and Safety (WH&S) requirements and technical and operational specification and standards
• completing documentation as required.
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Skills required

Skills required to be a Rail Signalling Technician

  • Ability to plan
  • Risk management
  • Asset management
Entry pathways

Previous experience

Rail Signalling Technicians are qualified electricians or electrical fitters# who often come from a career in:

  • construction/ defence/ resources sectors
  • electrical supply industry
  • engineering work


Minimum requirements

Minimum qualification for role: UEE41223 - Certificate IV in Electrical - Rail Signalling^. 

In most jurisdictions entry into UEE41223 requires completion of UEE30820 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or a current ‘Unrestricted Electricians Licence’. Some jurisdictions allow entry into the UEE41223 using UEE33020 Certificate III in Electrical Fitting.

Check with your local TAFE or rail transport operator for details.

Alternative entry

Those entering the field with wider work experience or qualifications may undertake study at the higher-level certificate, diploma or advance diploma levels.

Many of these qualifications can be undertaken as an Australian apprenticeship, subject to change based on state and territory requirements.

Progression to more senior roles usually comes through experience. However, opportunities to advance could be more likely if you have relevant qualifications. The Potential Training Pathway below identifies some of these training options in the VET system.

Some universities also offer engineering or other relevant qualifications.

Potential training pathway 

Chart showing the courses different people need to take to become a rail signalling tecnician. School leavers will eed to complete a Cert II in electrotechnology. this leads to a Cert III in Electrotechnology or Electrical Fitting. Once they have this workers can get their Cert IV in Rail Signalling. Thisl

Accelerate your training

  • High school students may be able to complete up to six Certification III subjects by choosing the right electives in their Certification II.
  • TAFE students could save time and money on training by selecting up to four Certification IV units as part of  their Certification III.
Career progression

What a Signalling Technician's career progression can look like


This is a flow chart showing a possible career progression for a rail signalling technicican


The minimum qualification to practice as a Professional Engineer is usually an appropriate bachelor or masters of engineering. However, it may be possible to progress into some engineering positions with relevant industry experience and further study at the diploma and advanced diploma levels.

This can include:

(Requirements vary between systems and engineering disciplines, talk to your rail transport operator for specific information relating to their workplace.)

What do I do next

What do I do next?

Our findings include information from the Australian Industry Standards' Seamless Future Rail Skills report. To find out more about signalling technician roles, take a look at their signalling supervisor pathway.

To find out more about how to become a Rail Signalling Technician:

  • check out the Signalling Technician on the Work in Rail website
  • talk to your careers adviser 
  • get in touch with the Electrical Trades Union
  • contact your local TAFE
  • if you already work in rail, talk to your employer


Meet the people

Rhys Wilkinson was an electrician's apprentice doing domestic and commercial work when he took a job as Signalling Technician with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

Read about his journey here.

Male signalling technician standing in front of electrical unit