Railway Shunter
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
11d ago

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.
  • Entry requirements

    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.

    Personal requirements

    Railway shunters need to be :

  • alert
  • safety-conscious
  • punctual
  • quick and efficient, and good organisers
  • good communicators
  • able to remain calm under pressure.
  • Physical requirements

    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.

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