Rail Construction and Maintenance Operatives

Rail construction and maintenance operatives lay, re-lay, repair and examine railway track and maintain surrounding areas.


New workers
£ 23,686
£ 38,353
£ 58,444

Available jobs

In the past year there were 8,532 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Fastens together sections of rail by bolting fishplates to rails.

  • Positions lengths of rail, sets of points and crossovers and secures rail with bolts, wooden wedges or clips.

  • Spreads ballast and lays sleepers or metal plates at specified intervals.

  • Lubricates points, examines fences, drains, culverts and embankments and carries out any necessary maintenance.

  • Checks tightness of bolts and wedges, replaces damaged rail chairs and repacks ballast under sleepers if necessary.

  • Patrols length of track and visually inspects rails, bolts, fishplates and chairs for distortion or fracture.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Sandbag

  • Risk Analysis

  • Subcontracting

  • Road Traffic Controls

  • Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilator

  • Traffic Flow

  • Operations Management

  • Traffic Control

  • Construction

  • Health And Safety Standards

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Detail Oriented

  • Planning

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Adaptability

  • Operations

  • Consulting

  • Self-Motivation

  • Customer Service

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.