Therese Martinovich

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

Project Integration Manager - Public Transport Authority, WA

Background: Train Driver, Depot Master and Network Controller

“I entered the rail industry 17 years ago as a railcar driver on the Perth Urban Rail Network.

After three years driving, I took on the role of acting Depot Master and eight months later became the first woman appointed to Depot Master in Western Australia.

Depot Masters handle the management of the depot, looking after rosters and operational needs. If a railcar breaks down and must be swapped out, it’s up to you to organise it.

I really like the dynamic element of working in a depot and not being restricted to the desk. So, when I was asked to apply for a role in Network Control, I was reluctant. I thought I’d get bored, but I soon found that the job can be very reactive.

It can be challenging, requiring dynamic thinking and problem solving which is what I really love.

Working in Network Control gave me additional knowledge of the network as well as exposing me to the maintenance side of the business.

I’ve since been seconded to work as the Project Integration Manager on Western Australia’s METRONET Railcar Procurement Project, helping with the delivery of 41 new railcar sets assembled here in Perth.

I’m responsible for the transfer plans and the booking of network access for the testing and commissioning of the new railcars.

I’m also helping to develop the operational testing and commissioning plan for the railcars and liaising with our corporate safety business group and designated people from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

I have a Certificate IV in Rail Operations for Network Control and most of my training has been done on the job.

Now, I’m looking to do a course based around mechanical engineering, to get myself up to speed with the technical side of my new role and to legitimise what I’ve learnt through work and experience.  

Eventually I want to move into project management.

Rail has a bit of a reputation as being an industry for men or old people.  The reality is that rail is transforming every day.

It’s so dynamic, and such a diverse industry with so many different aspects to it. I don’t allow myself to stagnate, I’m always looking for better ways to do things.

Every day I wake up and think, ‘Wow, I love my job!’ It’s challenging and 17 years later it’s still fun.”