Train Driver

Being a Train Driver could be a great career path

Career Information

What do they do?

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

Typical day

Typically, train drivers work shifts but may have a 10-hour day. Train drivers drive trains to destinations according to a schedule, identify faults, read route updates and comply with safety rules in emergency or breakdowns.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• Maths or Accounting or Economics

• Computing / ICT / Information


• Confident communicator

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Confidence with IT,
computers, technology

• Good work habits/time

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

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

Newly Qualified

$62k - $65k

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

No minimum entry requirement


Train Driver

Infrastructure Maintenance Worker

Signals and Communications Technician

Team Leader


Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship Higher learning Higher learning

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations like Rail and Maritime Transport Union and members of your industry to build skilled employees. This support includes ensuring your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, supporting industry events like conferences and celebrating your learners’ success.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need.