Engineering the Railway Industry

Engineering the Railway Industry
The rail industry is one with huge growth potential and qualified engineers are always in demand for various roles to maintain and modernise the industry. Tasks afforded to such engineers usually include rebuilding existing commodities, engineering new substations to help power the train network, modernising radio systems, brainstorming more efficient modes of transport technology, planning of station locations, and building. There are a variety of different engineering roles within the rail industry in Australia for qualified and experienced engineers.  We’ve listed a few below:


Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical engineering involves a thorough knowledge of physics and materials science in order to design, produce and operate complex technical equipment and machinery. Mechanical engineers are instrumental in the design process of superior transport solutions and technologies while also improving the operating systems used within the industry. An extremely demanding task, many years of experience are crucial within a mechanical engineering background for advanced programming and planning within the rail network system and alike.   


Civil Engineering - Civil engineers are needed in the rail industry to design and construct railway stations, tracks, pathways and over/underpasses. They are also needed to maintain current structures and brainstorm economical ways to improve current and future rail projects. This is a more hands on kind of role and requires heavy attention to detail and often ample experience due to the crucial nature of safely built structures. The construction side of things involves extremely intricate knowledge of geotechnical, hydraulic and environmental operations to ensure superior safety and economically-designed structures.   


Project Management – Project management engineers are those who are instrumental in the planning phases of rail work; coordinating and managing the implementation of plans until they are completed. Roles like this are responsible for meeting all project objectives including collating resources, maintaining safety, budgeting correctly and fiscally responsibly, scheduling and time management as well as taking environmental responsibility into account. Overseeing such work is an extremely important role requiring thorough attention to detail and first-rate time management.   


Rail Systems Engineer - Rail systems engineers are specifically trained in the operations of the rail system and include roles in project management and general operations of the network in terms of electrical signals and communications along with electrical failures and operational issues and incidents. Other responsibilities of these workers include design engineers who provide technical input as well as engineers who specialise in construction and maintenance of rail infrastructure and equipment. A broad range of careers can be categorised under the “rail systems” umbrella meaning there is space for varied backgrounds of engineers within the sector. 


As you can see, there are numerous jobs for different types of engineers which all contribute to our railway industry. Check out our engineering jobs page for other jobs in the engineering industry! 

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