Pay for railway shunters varies depending on experience.
Trainee railway shunters usually start on about $18 an hour.
Once they have completed training and are fully certified, railway shunters earn about $21 an hour.
Team leaders can earn about $27 an hour.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Railway shunters may do some or all of the following :
link and unlink train carriages and wagons
direct train drivers when coupling carriages and engines
conduct safety checks on trains
place wagons into sidings (railway parking tracks)
direct train drivers around the rail yard
move trains with remote control devices
adjust railway tracks
prepare documents about the load on train wagons.
Skills and knowledge
Railway shunters need to have :
mechanical and practical skills for moving trains and freight carriages
knowledge of signalling, wagon types and classes
knowledge of the layout of railway yards, stations and lines
understanding of emergency and safety procedures, and first aid
knowledge of clients' freight requirements.
Railway shunters :
work rostered shifts, which include evenings and weekends
work in train depots and railway yards, and on sections of railway track
work outdoors in all types of weather
work in conditions which can be hazardous.
To become a railway shunter you must pass a :
basic entry test
medical test that includes drug testing.
The tests are arranged by KiwiRail as part of the job application process.
Railway shunters usually do a short training course at the Woburn Rail School in Wellington. They are also given a full induction at the railway yard where they will be working.
Railway shunters need to be :
quick and efficient, and good organisers
able to remain calm under pressure.
Railway shunters need to be reasonably fit and healthy, with good hand-eye co-ordination.
They need to pass medical tests, have good hearing and eyesight (with or without corrective lenses), and normal colour vision.