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Learn how to drive powerful locomotives

After 5 weeks, you’ll be on your way to that dream.

Would you like to learn how to drive a train but think it’s too hard to do all that study? While it might take you two years to get your full certification – getting behind the controls can happen in just 5 weeks of training, once you have secured employment as a Second-Person.

GoTrain’s Trainee Driver School gives you the right qualifications to begin your job as a Train Driver Second Person after just 5 weeks of training and practical assessment. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.

The three stages that start your career as a Trainee Train Driver.

When you come to GoTrain to complete the Trainee Driver School, you will be following the fastest route to ultimately achieving a Certificate IV in Train Driving. But before you reach that goal, you have to start with the basics.

Weeks 1 & 2 of the Trainee Train Driver course, covers Safeworking protocols for your state.

In Stage 1, you will learn: 

  • how to safely access the rail corridor,
  • how to keep yourself and other workers safe through work health and safety practises for the rail industry,
  • how to use fatigue management strategies so you stay focused on the job,
  • how to use correct communications protocols in all work situations
  • and how to respond to signals and other safety signs you will be exposed to, as well as how to report signals that are faulty.

The two weeks you spend getting your Safeworking qualification, will prepare you for Week 3 & 4 of your Trainee Driver training, which covers the role and responsibilities of a Train Driver Second Person – including the fundamentals of Shunting processes.

In Stage 2, you will learn:

  • how to inspect and prepare a motive power unit (which is an industry term meaning ‘a rail vehicle that provides the power to move itself and other vehicles’),
  • how to diagnose and repair minor faults on a power motive unit,
  • how to do both train inspections and examinations,
  • how to shunt, couple and uncouple rolling stock in preparation for loading and unloading, making and breaking up trains and moving rail vehicles for maintenance,
  • how to do pre-departure checks and prepare a train for operations,
  • and how to work effectively as a train driver second-person.

After learning everything you need to become a Train Driver Second Person, you reach the third part of the Trainee Train Driver School – the practical application and assessment.

In Stage 3, you will:

  • spend a whole week applying the things you learned in the first two stages and walk away with enough experience to start doing it in your workplace.

This course is billed in stages, with a $1000 deposit due on enrolment and total fees due before commencement of each Stage. If you want to achieve the full Cert IV in Train Driving you must secure employment to complete Stage 4 On-the-job experience over a 2 year period.

Download the Training Plan for more detail on the stages of training and assessment and the course fees.

Start working toward your career as a Train Driver Second Person this year.

Give the team at Go Train a call to express your interest in our next course.

Call 1300 698 158.

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