Transport & Logistics

Train Driver

Train drivers drive trains which transport passengers or freight on a rail network.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Train Driver do?

Train drivers drive trains which transport passengers or freight on a rail network.


Work activities

As a train driver, you would:

  • operate the train's controls
  • following signalling instructions during the journey
  • observe speed limits and other railway rules and procedures
  • make passenger announcements
  • stop at stations or freight depots to pick up passengers or freight
  • control automatic doors
  • check equipment and engines and report any issues
  • shunt rolling stock into position in rail yards
  • hand over engines to drivers on the next shift.

Key skills and interests

To become a train driver, you would need:

  • good driving skills and record
  • strong observational skills and an alert mind
  • clear spoken communication skills
  • an ability to solve technical and mechanical problems
  • an understanding of safety procedures and regulations.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week, in shifts which would include nights, weekends and public holidays. Part-time or flexible hours may be available.

Freight train services often involve long-distance journeys, and you may be required to stay away overnight.


You would usually be provided with a uniform, and you may also need to wear a high visibility vest when working in rail yards or depots.


How to become an Train Driver?

Entry Level Education

To become a train driver you need to complete training in Rail or Train Driving. Employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

You would undergo a selection process, including an interview, a medical assessment, and personality, aptitude and ability tests. You may need a current drivers’ licence, a National Police Check and a driving history report in order to make an application for a job.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment opportunities for train drivers are expected to remain neutral.

As more freight is moved by road, and rail freight companies find ways to increase the capacity of trains, or run longer trains, less opportunities will be available for freight train drivers.

As government rail operators increase the number of passenger services in large metropolitan areas, more opportunities will be available for passenger train drives. However, the proposed introduction of driverless passenger trains in some cities will see a decline in opportunities.


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