Railway Track Worker

Also known as Railway Fettler.
Lays and repairs tracks for railways, tramways, quarries and mines, and installs and repairs signals and other equipment.
Training time 14 months
Average pay $82,651
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 400

What does a Railway Track Worker do?

  • spreading and tamping ballast to provide firm foundation for sleepers
  • cutting rails to length and grinding worn and rough rail ends
  • placing sleepers across roadbeds, and positioning and fastening rails on sleepers
  • drilling bolt holes, and bolting and welding rail sections
  • removing and replacing worn and damaged rails, sleepers and switches
  • cleaning and lubricating switches
  • examining track, lubricating wheel bearings on rolling stock and maintaining switch signal lamps
  • installing and repairing signals and other equipment


  • Track Inspector

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure
Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure