Rail Construction and Maintenance Operatives

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


New workers

New workers start around £23,686. Normal pay is £38,353 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £58,444.

Available jobs

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


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

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

  • Traffic Flow

  • Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilator

  • Construction

  • Traffic Control

  • Health And Safety Standards

  • Operations Management

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

  • Planning

  • Detail Oriented

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Consulting

  • Adaptability

  • Operations

  • Customer Service

  • Problem Solving

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.