2. What to expect

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As a Signals and Systems Operator, you will use a new signals system to manage the day-to-day movement of trains along a section of the Inland Rail alignment. As you progress through each week, you will become familiar with relevant industry background knowledge, practical scenarios, and a variety of real-life tasks that will help you get a taste for this rewarding role.ย Using real-world operating protocols, you will then be asked to respond to a disaster situation from the network control centre.


This work experience includes:

๐Ÿ˜ 4 weeks of virtual self-guided work experience

๐Ÿ› ย  Series of thought provoking questions, activities, and challenges, relevant to the specialist field.

๐Ÿ™Œ Feedback from your work experience facilitators and industry mentors

๐Ÿ’ฌ Access to a social activity feedย 

๐Ÿ“บ Q&A session with an industry ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™‚๏ธ professional


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What you will gain:

  • An understanding of the technical and design fundamentals relevant to the work of a Signalling and Systems Operator as well as their day-to-day tasks
  • Understanding how communication with other signallers, control rooms, signal boxes, train drivers and track workers is used to ensure trains move from one route to another safely
  • Real-world knowledge of how to deal with unexpected railway incidents along the Inland Rail alignment
  • Learn how to manage rail access requirements
  • Exposure to a broad range of pathways, including signal maintenance engineering, rail signalling design engineering, and electrical and mechanical maintenance.
  • Soft skills that set you apart, including communication, creative thinking and interpersonal skills.ย 
  • Certified microcredential titled โ€˜Signals and Systems Operator Virtual Work Experience at Inland Railโ€™, that can boost your chances of kick-starting a career in areas related to signalling and systems.ย