2. What to expect

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What to expect 👀

As a Signals and Systems Operator, you will using a 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. Using real-world operating protocols, you will then be asked to respond to a disaster situation from the network control centre.

You'll gain access to...

😍 4 weeks of virtual self-guided work experience

🛠  Series of thought provoking questions, activities, and challenges, relevant to the specialist field.

🙌 Feedback from your work experience facilitators and industry mentors

💬 Access to a social activity feed 

📺 Q&A session with an industry 👷‍♀️ 👷‍♂️ professional

Expect Videoask

You'll notice that throughout the work experience, we'll be asking you to use the Videoask platform – for example, to submit a video cover letter at the end of this week; doing weekly check-ins with our facilitator; and your final pitch to mentors in Week 4. Watch the video below for some tips about using Videoask, gaining confidence on camera, and why it's important for you to complete these submissions.


By participating wholeheartedly in this experience, 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. 
  • Certified microcredential titled ‘Signals and Systems Operator Virtual Work Experience at Inland Rail’, that can boost your chances of kick-starting a career in areas related to signalling and systems. 
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