Rail construction and maintenance operatives
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Rail construction and maintenance operatives lay, re-lay, repair and examine railway track and maintain surrounding areas.
QualificationsThere are no formal academic entry requirements. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in Rail Transport Engineering are available at Levels 2 and 3.
- patrols length of track and visually inspects rails, bolts, fishplates and chairs for distortion or fracture;
- checks tightness of bolts and wedges, replaces damaged rail chairs and repacks ballast under sleepers if necessary;
- lubricates points, examines fences, drains, culverts and embankments and carries out any necessary maintenance;
- spreads ballast and lays sleepers or metal plates at specified intervals;
- positions lengths of rail, sets of points and crossovers and secures rail with bolts, wooden wedges or clips;
- fastens together sections of rail by bolting fishplates to rails.