1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Railway Labourer
      Railway Fettler

Lays and repairs tracks for railways, tramways, quarries and mines and installs and repairs signals and other equipment.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is completion of compulsory secondary education or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • places sleepers across roadbeds, positions and fastens rails on sleepers
  • cuts rails to length and grinds worn or rough rail ends
  • drills bolt holes and bolts and welds rail sections
  • spreads and tamps ballast to provide firm foundation for sleepers
  • removes and replaces worn or damaged rails, sleepers and switches
  • cleans and lubricates switches
  • assists in righting derailed rolling stock
  • examines track, lubricates wheel bearings on rolling stock and maintains switch signal lamps
  • installs and repairs signals and other equipment
  • transports tools and equipment

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