Rail transport operative

Rail transport operatives assist drivers in the operation of passenger and goods trains, drive locomotive engines in coal mines, guide wagons and coaches in marshalling yards and sidings to make up trains, operate signals and points to control the movement of rail traffic, and monitor the operation of surface and underground railways.

Tasks

  • Checks loading of tubs and carriages, and informs driver of load distribution and any special features of route.
  • Assists drivers in the operation of diesel, diesel-electric, electric and steam locomotives.
  • Examines shunting instructions, uncouples wagons and coaches, guides movement of carriages using manual points and wagon breaks, links-up carriages, ensures security of couplings and reconnects brake and heating systems.
  • Operates signals and opens and closes barriers at level crossings as required.
  • Examines schedules and decides priority of movement of trains, monitors movement of trains and issues instructions to drivers, signal operatives and level crossing keepers.
  • Provides crews for breakdown trains, allocates relief and replacement crews as necessary, keeps crews informed of any line repairs or restrictions, and checks train running times for punctuality.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 23% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£32,702

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for rail transport operative is £32,702

397 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 397. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for rail transport operative roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £32,702 per year. That is about £2,725 per month or £16.77 per hour. New workers generally start on £20,301, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,926

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 397 people are employed in the region.

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