Trainee Train Signaller

Parramatta & Western Suburbs
Government & Defence
Government - State
Posted 4d ago

Looking to grow your career and utilise your great problem solving skills? Consider a rewarding career with Sydney Trains today!


About us

At Sydney Trains our vision is to keep Sydney moving by putting the customer at the centre of everything we do. We work at the heart of local communities and integrate cutting edge technology to deliver efficient rail services which exceed expectations and support a rapidly growing economy. Sydney Trains also operate the Rail Operations Centre and are responsible for the maintenance of assets including tracks, trains, signals, overhead wiring, stations and facilities. We conduct our operations in the community in compliance with the principles of ecologically sustainable development.




Why Sydney Trains?


At Sydney Trains, we encourage and value a diverse workforce that represents the customers we serve. All our trainees enjoy the same pay, benefits and career progression opportunities as their counterparts, regardless of gender or experience prior to rail.


When you apply for a role with Sydney Trains you take the first step at joining a dedicated and high-achieving team of approximately 10,000 Sydney Trains employees that moves more than one million passengers per weekday and runs well in excess of 92% of services on-time.


If you want to contribute to a business that is shaping the future of rail services and make a genuine difference for the people of NSW, then please read on.


What is a Train Signaller?


Signallers are responsible for the control and supervision of train, locomotive and traffic movements. They make decisions about when to prioritise and allocate access for track maintenance to maintain the safe and efficient running of our network. 
This is a fast-paced job that will require you to problem-solve and make quick decisions when issues arise. When they do, its important signallers are able to communicate clearly with their team and other contacts to effectively handle any situation. 
As a Trainee Signaller, you’ll learn about the technical and non-technical skills required to work in Operations Control. In your training you’ll cover reading and understanding the Sydney Trains Safeworking Rules and operating the signal box panel. Valuable non-technical skills include clear and effective communication, being able to work under pressure, problem solving, prioritising actions, remaining alert, maintaining safe operations, anticipating and managing risks.


Want to know more?


Please download and read the Position Description and the Trainee Signaller Information Pack before applying. You will be assessed on your understanding of the role in your application.  


What does the Training Program involve?


Trainees complete a twelve (12) week traineeship with Sydney Trains where you receive a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Our on-the-job training will give you exposure to a variety of signal boxes including Penrith, St Marys, Clyde, Waterfall, Campbelltown, Gosford, Wyong, Lithgow and Mt Victoria. Please note that the business will endeavour to take your home location into consideration when allocating training locations, however due to training being held at various locations you will need to be flexible and may experience increased travel times during the course of training. On completion of the training, you will be qualified Signaller and have the opportunity to secure a permanent role, moving to a fixed location at the end of the duration. Sydney Trains will endeavour to take location preferences into account, however locations at time will be based on operational requirements.


Benefits and Requirements


  • Fixed term, full-time opportunity up to 12 months (including the twelve week traineeship)
  • $1,138.75 per week plus additional allowances, leave loading and superannuation
  • Rostered 5 weeks Annual Leave
  • Free unlimited travel on NSW Government Trains, Buses and Ferries
  • Able to attend training for a period of up to 12 weeks across various locations in the Greater Sydney area
  • Available to work to a work-issued 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year rotating roster including shift work, weekends, nights and public holidays
  • Drivers licence and own transport an advantage as not all work locations are close to public transport and shift start/finish times at times do not align with available public transport
  • Potential for those successful in the Traineeship to secure permanent ongoing roles at the end of the duration


How to apply


To apply for this position, please click the 'apply' link, submit your resume and answer all questions within the online application process. 


Applications Close: 11:59pm, Monday 18th October, 2021 



We are the community we serve

We are committed to being an inclusive, diverse and flexible workplace where differences are valued. We welcome people of all backgrounds, experience and abilities.

We enable our people to work in ways that work for them and their teams. Working virtually and from different locations including regional locations, staggering work hours and job sharing are just some of the ways our people can work flexibly.

Please contact the Talent Specialist below if you require any adjustments to be made to how you interact with us throughout the recruitment process or would like to discuss flexible work options.

For any enquiries, please email Karen Rayner at KAREN.RAYNER@TRANSPORT.NSW.GOV.AU.

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