Engineering graduates

​Queensland Rail supports the development of graduates within their chosen field of engineering by offering specialised
Engineering Graduate Programs.

Civil engineering

Our Civil Engineering Graduate Program provides rotational opportunities across our teams who support the design, maintenance and reliability of track and structures across Queensland.

You will rotate through, and gain skills in, the below areas:

  • Track design, specifications and standards
  • Structural design – bridges, culverts, footings, stations
  • Surveying
  • Construction and commissioning activities
  • Asset management and maintenance activities
  • Metallurgy of rail including failure analysis, non-destructive testing and rail grinding
  • Track inspection, condition monitoring and reporting.

Electrical and Software engineering

Electrical and Software engineering graduates may nominate their preference for any of the below programs.

Signalling (Railway Signalling)

Signalling is integral to the safe and efficient operation of trains on our network. Our signalling systems differ across the state, but all serve the purpose of controlling, monitoring or restricting rail traffic. Given the number of services which operate daily over our 6,500 kilometres of track across Queensland, our Signalling teams are highly specialised and ensure the safe movement of rail traffic across the state.

As a Signalling graduate you will gain highly sought-after skills across the following areas:

  • Design of signalling systems
  • Standards and specifications
  • Construction, testing and commissioning
  • Maintenance
  • Fault finding and trouble-shooting.

Traction Power/High Voltage

Our High Voltage Systems engineering and Traction Power teams ensure the safe and reliable design, distribution and supply of 25kV across our electrified rail network.

Graduates within our High Voltage/Traction Power Program will gain skills and knowledge in the below areas:

  • High Voltage Power Systems
  • Traction Distribution
  • Design
  • Specifications, standards and Electrical Safety Act compliance
  • Construction, testing and commissioning
  • Maintenance of Traction and HV Systems.

Operational Systems Engineering (OSE)

Operational Systems Engineering (OSE) underpins the successful operation of key Queensland Rail operational systems in the domains of Train Control, Overhead Traction Control, Condition Monitoring and Passenger Information.

Our OSE teams utilise highly specialised software and systems engineering knowledge to ensure Queensland Rail is able to safely, and efficiently, operate and maintain rail services and infrastructure. The work involves maintaining legacy systems with challenging interface and maintenance constraints as well as developing innovative solutions for the next generation of systems.

Graduates will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of experiences including:

  • Software and systems methodologies
  • Exposure to modern and traditional procedural software languages and scripting
  • Exposure to verification methodologies and testing approaches
  • Exposure to various hardware and operating systems platforms
  • Understanding different domains and how they interact to provide an overall business-wide solution
  • Understanding the full lifecycle of a system from inception to decommissioning, including maintainability and logistics aspects.

Citytrain Rollingstock engineers (mechanical or electrical engineers)

Our rollingstock team is responsible for planning, maintaining and enhancing our fleet of trains which operate across Queensland to safely and efficiently transport our customers to their destination.  Our fleet of trains include those within South East Queensland and across the state as far as Kuranda Scenic Railway in Cairns, and the Heritage fleet.

Mechanical or electrical engineering graduates are welcome to apply and will have the opportunity to develop their skills across maintenance, design, reliability and innovation. Rollingstock engineering graduates will also have the opportunity to work with Network business colleagues to learn more about the interface between our trains and the track which they operate on.