QR Trainee Driver positions

 
  thelastname Photo Overlord

Location: Somewhere



Aurizon today called for trainee and qualified drivers. Depots are Bowen, Gladstone, sarina, bluff and coppabella. Very Happy
"qrrulz"


Expression of interest only.

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  futuredriver Junior Train Controller

Location: Victoria
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  Yesman Chief Train Controller






Aurizon today called for trainee and qualified drivers. Depots are Bowen, Gladstone, sarina, bluff and coppabella. Very Happy
"qrrulz"


Expression of interest only.

"thelastname"


Yep, which means there isnt any positions yet, we just want thousands of hopefuls sending us their details.

May aswell through application no 37 into the ring.

(youd think theyd be sick of seeing my name constantly come up wouldnt you???)

  gsxxxr_750 Junior Train Controller

Plenty of positions available to be filled in my current depot, we have just had a couple of casuals start. Manager wants more full timers ASAP.
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
went a bit overboard with the VER from what I can see.
  gsxxxr_750 Junior Train Controller

Hence the reason the VP has moved on, but then again I think they used the VER to get rid of some targeted people.
  Tigers2013 Beginner


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Aurizon today called for trainee and qualified drivers. Depots are Bowen, Gladstone, sarina, bluff and coppabella. Very Happy
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Expression of interest only.

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So your saying this might not go anywhere,......again. Early 2012 this happened, jumped through all the hoops to be told the jobs are no longer, they were cancelled.Hopefully these will if sucessful result in a job. Smile
  Persistent Beginner

Hello people,

I have been keeping an eye on QRN - Aurizon trainee jobs for quite awhile now and was wondering how those who have thrown in several times have been going.  Have you had any luck?  I too have been applying for the jobs and have undertaken the testing (VTS) twice now and found that it seems to be getting more difficult.  (Either that or I am growing old way too quickly).

To those of you who had been accepted last year - did you have to redo the testing again or have you been accepted in for the next lot of trainees.  Hopefully you have.  

If you are still to undergo the testing etc - best of luck to you all.
  jcsaws63 Locomotive Driver

Location: 200Mts from the 535k post
Plenty of positions available to be filled in my current depot, we have just had a couple of casuals start. Manager wants more full timers ASAP.
gsxxxr_750
just out of interest. That would be?
  craig_us Station Master

Hi everyone

Could I ask someone who has some experience and knowledge of Aurizon to send me a private message?  I am after a bit of advice and would greatly appreciate a small amount of your time.
  Jsurfer Station Master

Location: Bankstown
Hey guys , just wondering would it be viable to do a training course in rail safety and driver training with the Australia railway training group in st peters Sydney ? I wouldn't mind becoming a train driver for Railcorp or a privatised  company. Does Railcorp accept accredited courses as well? I already have a fair bit of knowledge in signalling, track junctions and different types of railway systems .
  TheSneakiness Beginner

Location: Brisbane
I'm bloody trying to get in cause with the way things are going in my current job it'll be offshore in the next 12 months.

- Network Controller trainee - fell over at group assessment (stage before interview, was so frickin mad)
- EOI Trainee Loco at Acacia Ridge - did the logical thinking test and got email today that wasn't through
- Waiting on result for Trainee Shunter

I would really appreciate some pointers cause I had my epiphany that I want to drive trains or do train operations. You know when you were a kid and you were asked what do you want to do when you grow up, well it took me 29 years to answer.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
I'm bloody trying to get in cause with the way things are going in my current job it'll be offshore in the next 12 months.

- Network Controller trainee - fell over at group assessment (stage before interview, was so frickin mad)
- EOI Trainee Loco at Acacia Ridge - did the logical thinking test and got email today that wasn't through
- Waiting on result for Trainee Shunter

I would really appreciate some pointers cause I had my epiphany that I want to drive trains or do train operations. You know when you were a kid and you were asked what do you want to do when you grow up, well it took me 29 years to answer.
TheSneakiness

Don't be too despondent. I know exactly how you feel. Driving trains was also my dream job since a kid and I've been trying as well applying for Trainee Locomotive Driver positions with PN, Aurizon and GWA. So far I have been unsuccessful. These applications always attract a huge number of applicants from around the country, after all it is an "entry level" position into the rail industry. And it is hard for recruitment to decide which one to put through and which one to reject purely based on the huge number of applications, we're talking 100s in remote areas and sometimes 1000s in suburban metropolitan areas.

You've done well to reach the group assessment and logical thinking test stage, whereas I haven't reached any of that. But of course your ultimate goal is to make it to the interview then job offer. Not easy but with persistence things will pay off. I've heard there are drivers who have got in and then hate it because of shift work, time away from family and friends and relationship breakdowns. The rail industry operates on a 24/7 cycle so it never sleeps. And it is the dedicated team of shift workers that keep it running. If you want to be a part of that keep trying. The worst thing to do is to give up.
  TheSneakiness Beginner

Location: Brisbane
I don't want to give up for sure but damn if it isn't a shot in the guts.

Coming from a systems support role and helping some 10,000 users currently with various issues and needs, you need to use your noggin to quickly solve tasks and issues people are having.

I figure using that knowledge would help in this (as shown as far I got with network controlling) so obviously I have some skills otherwise I wouldn't have progressed that far. Just need more general knowledge and experience with train operations.

If anyone knows about the cert course offered in NSW that I found googling the other night and if its relevant to other states that would be great.
  Expost Deputy Commissioner

Don't be too despondent. I know exactly how you feel. Driving trains was also my dream job since a kid and I've been trying as well applying for Trainee Locomotive Driver positions with PN, Aurizon and GWA. So far I have been unsuccessful. These applications always attract a huge number of applicants from around the country, after all it is an "entry level" position into the rail industry. And it is hard for recruitment to decide which one to put through and which one to reject purely based on the huge number of applications, we're talking 100s in remote areas and sometimes 1000s in suburban metropolitan areas.

You've done well to reach the group assessment and logical thinking test stage, whereas I haven't reached any of that. But of course your ultimate goal is to make it to the interview then job offer. Not easy but with persistence things will pay off. I've heard there are drivers who have got in and then hate it because of shift work, time away from family and friends and relationship breakdowns. The rail industry operates on a 24/7 cycle so it never sleeps. And it is the dedicated team of shift workers that keep it running. If you want to be a part of that keep trying. The worst thing to do is to give up.
ChrisSun

Haaaa, not according to some managers it isn't.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
Haaaa, not according to some managers it isn't.
Expost

I know exactly what you mean. I can tell you there are people who work for RailCorp, now Sydney Trains, who would have any excuse not to take the trains out. These include blinds not working or can't shut, train failing Power Against Brake Test or hearing abnormal noises coming from the cupboards in the drivers cab, when the rest of the train is OK. They blow the train out of service and they still get paid. A pity that trains have to be cancelled in these ways.
  rook Locomotive Driver

I know exactly what you mean. I can tell you there are people who work for RailCorp, now Sydney Trains, who would have any excuse not to take the trains out. These include blinds not working or... train failing Power Against Brake Test or .... They blow the train out of service and they still get paid. A pity that trains have to be cancelled in these ways.
ChrisSun
Sorry ChrisSun, but if you don't understand why a passenger train which fails a primary safety test isn't allowed in traffic, well, words fail me...
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Sorry ChrisSun, but if you don't understand why a passenger train which fails a primary safety test isn't allowed in traffic, well, words fail me...
rook
There might even a case (in terms of safety) for not letting the train in traffic for the broken blind, the glare from a setting sun when you are travelling directly west may prevent you from seeing the condition of a signal.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
There might even a case (in terms of safety) for not letting the train in traffic for the broken blind, the glare from a setting sun when you are travelling directly west may prevent you from seeing the condition of a signal.
Spiritman
It's funny that some drivers apply the PAB for longer than the required 2 seconds or when going down a slight grade the train will therefore travel longer than the PAB limit of 300mm. Generally the train shouldn't move under PAB but if the brake pads are too cold and not sufficiently bedded then it will fail. The only way to overcome this is to drag the brakes under slow traction to get heat into the brake pads and discs. Hot metal has better adhesion compared to cold metal.

I have come across blinds which are reported as faulty but actually working perfectly when I tried them. Only problem it was a bit stiff to drag down so after applying some WD40 and loosening the screws, the blind worked perfectly.

Of course with broken blinds, or no blinds at all the train will still be taken out of service until the problem is fixed.
  Needarailjob Station Staff

Any idea when qr will be taking on trainee drivers again? Would love to apply for a job in the robina area Smile
  petey3801 Chief Commissioner

Location: On the rails
Don't hold your breath, it will be a while. Never say never, but it's not happening anytime soon. Plus, currently out depots are based on seniority, so you won't get in and get Robina straight away, if there were positions advertised now. Future is still murky in regards to how new recruits will be placed and the future of Mayne as the major depot.
  NBP Junior Train Controller

Location: Brisbane
Needarailjob, have you looked at other avenues of availability to get into Queensland Rail and eventually, traincrew?  By which I mean; station staff, depot cleaner, etc.

There are always more than one way to skin the proverbial cat.  I don't want to dim the spirit, however, like Pete said, it is a huge unknown at the moment particularly from where and when Queensland Rail will be uptaking/upskilling workers to trainee driver position.  

Driver positions are now most likely (from what I can gather by the way things look at the moment) to come from the guard ranks within Queensland Rail.  Aim lower and work your way up, not only does it give you more variety, more experience, it also gets your seniority up for when you do get a trainee driver position, especially if you wan Robina depot...   Although a little birdie may have tweeted about a possible External Guard intake very soon?  Might be worth looking into.
  Needarailjob Station Staff

Yes your absolutely right. I will be applying for any cleaning, guard jobs that arise in the worongary/robina vacinity Smile
  eds13 Beginner

You really think they will advertise externally for guards anytime soon NBP?
Considering with the internal ones that closed today, every man and his dog applied.I'd be surprised if they got under 500 applications for about 25 positions.
  NBP Junior Train Controller

Location: Brisbane
You really think they will advertise externally for guards anytime soon NBP?
Considering with the internal ones that closed today, every man and his dog applied.I'd be surprised if they got under 500 applications for about 25 positions.
eds13

It is hard to tell...  A school every few months...

You are right, a lot of interest from internal applicants, as always, being the case, there may be no need for external applicants...  For now!

However the amount of guards needed is higher than 25 of course, in both the near and far future.  People should be looking into these positions;

Shunter
Shed Worker
Station Staff
Yard Cleaner

These are the places "externals" need apply to get into traincrew.  Whilst it is possible to get into traincrew externally (p/t'ers?), you are far more likely to succeed in getting a traincrew position from the above mentioned positions.

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