Train Driver

Career information

What do they do?

Train drivers passenger and freight trains. They know operating codes and signals, understand rules and regulations for safe operation and understand radio protocols and shunting (pushing and pulling wagons or carriages using a locomotive).

A typical day

Typically train drivers work shifts but may have a ten-hour day.

Train drivers identify faults, read route updates and comply with safety rules in emergency or breakdowns.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Computing/ICT Information Management.
  • Confident communicator
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology
  • Good work habits/time management.
Helpful experience
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Working with machinery
  • Interest or experience with trains.
Preferred work environments
  • Outside (in vehicles)
  • Different places from time to time.



No minimum entry requirement

Entry level jobs


  • Train Driver
  • Infrastructure Maintenance Worker
  • Signals and Communications Technician
Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Team Leader
  • Manager

The logistics sector needs skilled people

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