Queensland Rail

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With over 7,500 employees, Queensland Rail is one of the largest employers in Queensland.

Our diverse range of roles and locations means that we have a unique opportunity to employ dedicated team members from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets.

We encourage a safe, innovative and inclusive environment where you can deliver a quality service while seeking out and achieving your own career goals.

If you thrive in an environment where motivation, teamwork and forward-thinking are paramount, then a career with Queensland Rail could be the right step for you.

What You Can Do With Us

From Trackside to Corporate, Stations to Network Control, Queensland Rail offers numerous career paths that you may not be aware of. Here are a few videos of some business areas and roles and the employees that make the job their own.

Remember, it takes more than just train crew to keep our wheels turning!

Stations & Customer Service    

The South East Queensland network extends from the centre of Brisbane south to Beenleigh and Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast, north to Ferny Grove, Shorncliffe, Caboolture and Gympie, east to Cleveland and west to Ipswich and Rosewood.  So many station employment opportunities! 

Rail Operations Response Unit

Commonly known as RORU within the business, this crew are at the coal face when an incident happens on track or within our network.  Whether that be a truck hitting a bridge or an accident on the track – this amazing team are the ones who are first on the scene.  This role is extremely important for QR and requires resilience, quick thinking and a strong safety acumen.

Network Control

If you want to see something impressive then the control room is a sight to be seen!  In this team, you would have the opportunity to talk to the Train Guards, Safety Officers and others who are out on the network to assist them in directing the trains and reporting any incidents.  If you have strong attention to detail, then this could be the team for you.

Trades          

At QR we have many facilities that need upkeep on a daily basis, this includes the stations, offices, depots and more.  To help us with this we employ a team of exceptional trade staff who are responsible for maintaining these, it could mean fixing downlights in the offices in the CBD or painting the walls after an upgrade at one of the stations.  With so much property to look after, it takes a solid team to keep it all up to standard!

Protection Officers

The name says it all! This team are solely responsible for ensuring the protection of our workers on site and ensuring they are not exposed to any harm or risks whilst completing works on track.

Signalling (Engineers & Techs)

Signalling plays a critical role to ensure that our train services run safely and efficiently on our network.  Operational Systems Engineers work with leading software technologies to design train management and support systems for our signalling network.  The Signalling Electricians are the ones to call if a signal fails on the network and ensure that it’s fixed in record time to get the trains back up and running

Authorised Officers          

If you have a background in security, then you could be qualified to join our team as an Authorised Officer. Authorised Officers play an extremely important role in keeping our stations and trains safe for commuters and our people.

Travel & Tourism  

Did you know that in certain customer service roles you are able to travel across Queensland?  Our travel trains go from Brisbane to various locations such as Far North QLD and inland to Longreach and Mt Isa. We are regularly on the lookout for people like you to help make our customers journey a memorable one.

Cross River Rail    

We are currently partnered with one of the biggest megaprojects that Queensland has seen in recent years – the Cross River Rail Project.  This is a huge opportunity for Queensland Rail and has seen a significant demand for quality people to undertake significant projects, enhance their skills, and gain valuable experience in a variety of disciplines.

Apprenticeships

Queensland Rail is a diverse workforce and provides several Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities across our Queensland locations. These roles will proactively develop your skills and knowledge in order to excel in a trade/business area through completing on-the-job training and formal training with a registered training organisation.

As a Queensland Rail trainee and employee, you’ll be supported, encouraged and mentored while performing meaningful work and contributing to the successful operation of our business. 

The exciting apprenticeship and traineeship options at Queensland Rail include:

Apprenticeships

The 4-year apprenticeship program will enable you to develop your skills, gain experience and expand your knowledge with new challenges and opportunities along the way.

The program will involve a great mix of onsite, off-site and TAFE training. Candidates will need to have completed Year 10 prior to commencing the apprenticeship program.

Apprenticeship – Electrician

Electrical apprentices will learn to install and maintain electrical components, wiring, equipment and systems and may rotate through a variety of specialised areas of the rail industry. Specific areas of our business where an Electrician’s skills are developed include: Telecommunications, Rail Traction, Rollingstock Maintenance, Facilities Maintenance, Signalling Systems, Cabling Systems and Plant Servicing.

Apprenticeship – Mechanical

Mechanical Apprenticeships include Mechanical Fitters and / or Turners and also Diesel Fitters. Apprentices would be involved to assist in repair, servicing and maintenance duties while working with one or more of the following types of Queensland Rail assets: rollingstock, heavy earthmoving and/or rail track maintenance machinery, small to medium diesel engines, heavy lift vehicles and stationary plant equipment.

Apprenticeship – Plumber / Carpenter

As an apprentice Plumber or Carpenter, under guidance you will assist and be involved with the maintenance and repairs to Queensland Rails Facilities and Heritage assets (houses, depots, stations, equipment rooms)

  • Plumber: You will gain substantial knowledge of plumbing work in accordance with the National Construction Code and Queensland Plumbing Codes, regulations and as well as learning to read plans, drawings and specifications
  • Carpenter: You will develop skills and knowledge required for the rail environment and gain associated trade qualifications through on-the-job training and formal training courses.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with Queensland Rail?

In order to be considered for either an apprenticeship or traineeship with Queensland Rail, you will need to submit an application when a role is advertised. We do not have regular intakes scheduled for these positions and they can be advertised at any time. Unfortunately, we do not know when the next intake will be.

We recommend signing up for Queensland Rail job alerts that way you will receive notifications relating to Queensland Rail’s career opportunities that interest you. Please go to Job Alerts for information on how to set alerts.

Traineeships

Traineeship – Transport & Logistics

Queensland Rail offers a range of Traineeships within Transport & Logistics, some of which are tailored specifically to the needs of operating a railway. Specific job roles may include Materials Officer, Network Maintainer, Network Controller, Network Planner, Train Driver and Train Guard.

Traineeship – Business

Traineeships may be offered within the following business areas: Administration, Finance / Accounts, Human Resources, Record Keeping, Legal, Project Management. Job roles relevant to this qualification include but are not limited to:

  • Administration Officer
  • Reception
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable

Traineeship – Asset Maintenance

Trainees will gain skills in an industrial and/or commercial environment and may work within our stations and facilities or be involved in the presentation of our suburban and long-distance travel trains. 

Traineeship – Systems Maintainer

Assist in the maintenance and installation of mechanical Trackside Systems equipment and infrastructure as required. At the end of successfully completing the training program, a Certificate III in Mechanical Rail Signalling will be obtained.

Traineeship – Train Controller

As a Trainee Train Controller, you will learn to control, coordinate and record the movement of trains and on–track vehicles across the Queensland Rail network. The role provides a specific training pathway to become a qualified Train Controller with Queensland Rail.  Training encompasses an intensive 25-week training program with classroom-based learning and on the job.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with Queensland Rail?

In order to be considered for either an apprenticeship or traineeship with Queensland Rail, you will need to submit an application when a role is advertised. We do not have regular intakes scheduled for these positions and they can be advertised at any time. Unfortunately, we do not know when the next intake will be.

We recommend signing up for Queensland Rail job alerts that way you will receive notifications relating to Queensland Rail’s career opportunities that interest you. Please go to Job Alerts for information on how to set alerts.

How Do I Apply?

Queensland Rail updates their current vacancies page daily. We recommend signing up for Queensland Rail job alerts that way you will receive notifications relating to Queensland Rail’s career opportunities that interest you. Please go to Job Alerts for information on how to create a profile and set your job alerts.

To view all our current listed vacancies please click here

Our dedicated careers team can be contacted on 13 16 17 or you can email the team at qrcareers@qr.com.au.

Our Graduate Program

Do you want to get MORE from your Graduate Program? We’re looking for motivated, passionate and professional graduates to join the Queensland Rail team.

As a member of our program, you have the chance to be part of an iconic Queensland organisation with a proud history of developing its people.

Queensland Rail’s Graduate Program is a two-year, rotational program that will support your professional development and grow your technical and leadership skills for the future.

Our program offers graduates an exciting and challenging future in a safe, fast-paced environment where people are committed to delivering quality service and growing their careers.

As a Queensland Rail graduate you will receive:

  • On the job experience working across various projects, teams and locations
  • Formal leadership and professional development and coaching
  • Mentoring with our expert leaders
  • Frequent networking events with other graduates
  • Regular reviews and performance feedback
  • Rotations through various teams and business areas to enhance your knowledge
  • Individual support from a dedicated graduate coordinator.

Why choose Queensland Rail’s Graduate Program?

Graduates can get MORE at Queensland Rail. There are endless career opportunities within our large and diverse organisation. We provide you with opportunities to experience various work environments so you can make informed decisions about the future of your career.

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