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Rail Construction & Maintenance Operatives

Rail construction and maintenance operatives lay, re-lay, repair and examine railway track and maintain surrounding areas.

Tasks

  • Patrols length of track and visually inspects rails, bolts, fishplates and chairs for distortion or fracture
  • Checks tightness of bolts and wedges, replaces damaged rail chairs and repacks ballast under sleepers if necessary
  • Lubricates points, examines fences, drains, culverts and embankments and carries out any necessary maintenance
  • Spreads ballast and lays sleepers or metal plates at specified intervals
  • Positions lengths of rail, sets of points and crossovers and secures rail with bolts, wooden wedges or clips
  • Fastens together sections of rail by bolting fishplates to rails.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in Rail Transport Engineering are available at Levels 2 and 3.


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What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £30,000 per annum and can progress up to £36,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 0 employed Rail Construction & Maintenance Operatives in the region.

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