Geelong is at the hub of a road, rail, air and sea transport web. With the buying, selling and delivery of so many products via online, our transport, postal and warehousing industry has gone ballistic. We employ 5,416 people in the region, expect a 20.5% growth in jobs in the next five years, and have big projects planned to shore up and extend Geelong’s road, rail, sea and air transport services. Today, for example, 80% more people work in Geelong’s passenger rail system than did in 2006!
Regional rail passenger workers jobs have increased 80% in five years. The new Grovedale railway station will expand this capacity even further.
What does a rail transport worker do?
Like the road supply chain, rail careers that move offer a wide range of jobs in ordering, transporting, receiving, sorting, and distributing people and merchandise within our region, our state and our nation . Rail careers include Train driver, customer service provider, rail terminal operator, signaler, manager, train controller and train planner. Strong IT skills and training in IT Software logistics are big skills shortages in this industry.
Where can I get trained?
At school by
- Doing year nine work experience with an employer in careers that move
At TAFE or other registered training organisation by
- Completing a full time Certificate II , III or IV course in terminal manager, train controller, terminal operator, train planner and train driver. You don’t need an ATAR , but you will need a year 11 completion, and study can take between six months to two years. For all rail transport qualifications you will need to complete your training on the job.
- You can take an undergraduate degree at university in Transport and Logistics, Supply Chain manager, Line Haul Manager or Warehouse Distribution Manager.
On the job
- Apply for a position on line at the www.supplychainvictoria.vic.gov.au
- Or here on the Careers That Move website
Where can I get experience?
Look for year 10 work experience opportunities on the GRVEC site, or ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask a careers that move employer for a voluntary work opportunity. Keep an eye on Volunteering Geelong website for industry related voluntary opportunities.
Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.
What do I need to be good at?
- IT (if you are working in careers that move systems)
- Working in a team
- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Creative responses to challenges
- Following directions
- Work related literacy and numeracy
- Working with a wide range of service providers
How much do I get paid?
The average rail transport worker makes $950 per week
What can this job lead to?
Qualified rail transport workers can progress, through study and experience into other transport and distribution areas like road, sea, and air as managers, warehouse managers, IT professionals, supply chain consultants, export and distribution professionals.