Terminal Operator Career Path Program

Your Rail Career Starts Here!

What is the Terminal Operator Rail Career Path Program?

Are you a positive, dedicated individual who is genuinely interested in starting your rail industry career? Then this pathway might be right for you!

Supported by rail industry employers Momentum Rail and Pacific National, the Terminal Operator Career Path Program can support your entry into rail and give you an opportunity to start a lifelong rail career in a stable and rewarding industry. You will be offered training to become a competent Terminal Operator able to contribute to the safe and successful running of freight and/or passenger rail terminals.

As part of the process, applicants will need to successfully complete a 3-week Basic Rail Instruction training course with CERT Training to obtain the required qualifications to safely access Rail Industry Partner Organisation sites. Applicants may then have the opportunity to enter into a 12-month Traineeship with Momentum Rail registered through the Queensland Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training.  The Traineeship will include classroom training, on-the-job practical and mentoring.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for entry into the Rail Career Path Program and value diversity. We strongly encourage applications from females and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


The Terminal Operator Career Path Program is Waiting For You!

Register Your Interest Today!


Our next opportunity begins:


August, 2023

Click below to register for our information session.

What Would You Do as a Terminal Operator?

A Terminal Operator’s key responsibilities include the coordination, planning, efficient assembly and dismantling of trains within the terminal yard environment. They undertake forward planning of terminal services, schedule trains and perform basic marshalling activities. Terminal Operators also take ownership of the loading and unloading of trains within terminals and sidings in accordance with safe-working and operational procedures.

Terminal Operators make it possible for the terminal to run on time and to schedule every day by performing critical equipment inspections. They may also operate equipment such as: forklifts, reach stackers, and scissor lifts.

Starting your rail career as a Terminal Operator would set you up for a lifetime of career opportunities in the rail industry.

What’s in it For You?

  • Regular working hours (early morning, mid-afternoon or night shift starts available)
  • Work close to home: Clyde, Sydney Freight Terminal, NSW
  • No travel
  • Competitive casual pay rates
  • Reliable and stable industry
  • Training delivered in Brisbane
  • Potential 12-month Traineeship


No Experience? No Problem!

If you are interested in joining the rail industry, our Terminal Operator Career Path Program could be for you – no prior rail experience or education is required! You will be offered training, assistance, guidance and information to support your journey from education to employment.

What’s Next?

Following your expression of interest, you will be invited to our Terminal Operator Information & Interview Sessions. Here you will learn essential information about this exciting Career Path Program opportunity, receive pre-interview information and begin the qualifying process.


“The job is rewarding. It’s rewarding to be a female in a man’s job, and I would definitely recommend joining through the Career Path Program.”


Career Path Program Participant


What are the Program Requirements:

The role of the Terminal Operator is considered a safety critical position and requires that students are able to pass a Category 1 Rail Medical a National Police Check, hold a valid driver’s licence and undertake shift work. You must also have the right to live and work in Australia.

The program requires a financial contribution from students towards their training. Additional information regarding financial contributions will be provided to interested students during the Information Sessions.

How Long is the Program?

The Terminal Operator Career Path Program is a 3-week Basic Training program with the potential to undertake a 12-month Traineeship with Momentum. The training component includes both classroom theory and on-job training with our partner organisation’s. Training may be based at multiple locations in Brisbane.

How Many Places Are Available?

Each Rail Career Path Program is tailored to suit the opportunities available with our partner organisation’s. Placement opportunities can increase or decrease depending on the needs of the terminal.

What Training Will I Receive?

Upon successful completion of all assessments, students will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment for the following units:

  • TLIF0020 Safely access the rail corridor
  • TLIF2010 – Apply fatigue management strategies
  • TLIF0020 – Safely access the rail corridor
  • TLIF0025 – Follow work health and safety procedures
  • TLIE2007 – Use communication systems
  • TLIF0008 – Apply safely critical communications in the rail environment
  • TLIB3118 – Apply awareness of railway fundamentals
  • TLIF2006 – Apply accident-emergency procedures
  • TLIB0014 – Carry out a train roll-by inspection
  • TLIB3018 – Conduct full train examination
  • TLIB0017 – Conduct a general train examination
  • TLIF3058 – Apply safeworking rules and regulations to rail functions
  • TLIC0016 – Identify and respond to signals and trackside signs
  • TLIC4074 – Shunt, couple and uncouple rail vehicles
  • TLIB3019 – Test train braking system
  • TLIB3026 – Prepare for train operation
  • TLIF0004 – Work effectively in a train-driving environment

With an outcome of a TLI23221 – Certificate II in Shunting

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