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Job sheet: Rail Operator

Job title
Rail Operator

Job description 
As a Rail Operator your primary task is to shunt trains and move wagons to and from customer sidings.

You will carry out your role according to health and safety and rail operating procedures as specified in the Rail Operating Code. Your attitude towards safety in the workplace for yourself, your colleagues and the public is of utmost importance.

Rail Operators may also be required to act as a second man in the locomotive cab.

You will remain alert and vigilant at all times and act upon instructions from the Locomotive Engineer in a safe and timely manner.

When carrying out train inspection duties, you will ensure that all vehicles comprising the train are in a fit state to commence the journey and meet all health, safety and rail operating requirements.

Working as part of the KiwiRail team you will communicate effectively with your team members, and develop good working relationships with your internal and external customers.

Qualifications required

  • Secondary school education (3-4 years)
  • Full Class 1 drivers licence
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills in English

Location of job
Throughout all Rail depots North and South Islands

Career path
Team leader

Salary range
$15.17 per hour in training (3-6 months)
$18.13 per hour
Further increases with continued training and internal qualifications

Other careers this profession could lead to
Team Leader

Tips on how to increase the chances of successfully entering this industry

  • Health and safety conscious (First Aid certificate)
  • Qualification in engineering or detailed experience with machinery
  • Site visits and familiarisation

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