Fettlers are railway track workers who are responsible for maintaining tracks and other railroad equipment in regular railways, plant yards, mines, and quarries. They use a variety of tools and machinery, including welding equipment, to repair tracks and rail equipment. Fettlers must have a strong knowledge of tools and equipment; they should have strong hand-eye coordination and be able to detect signs of wear or damage.
- Starting salary: $36,400 P/A Senior salary: $70,000 P/A Average salary: $50,000 P/A Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer Employment level: 3,700 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 3,600)
Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Fettler is 42.6 hours
Employment by region:
The top three regions for employment as a Fettler include:
- QLD: 32.9%
- NSW: 28.2%
- WA: 18.5%
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Employment for Fettlers has declined by -18% over the past 5 years and is expected to remain relatively steady through 2017.
Total employment growth over the past 5 years for male and female, employed part-time and full-time has declined by -2,400
Gender (including full time and part time)
The percentage of males and females working full time and part time are:
- Male Full Time: 97.5%
- Male Part Time: 2.5%
- Female Full Time: 0.0%
- Female Part Time: 0.0%
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- Cut rails and grind rail ends.
- Drill holes for bolts and connect rail sections.
- Inspect rails and equipment and determine necessary actions for repair or removal.
- Maintain rail switches, signal lamps, and wheel bearings with regular cleaning and lubrication.
- Position sleepers and fasten rails.
- Safely operate machines and tools, including welding equipment.
- Ability to follow Safety Standards
- Monitoring and Analysing Operations
- Strong Attention to Detail
- Strong Hand-eye Coordination and Manual Agility
- Time Management
Fettlers work outdoors in yards, mines, and quarries, and may be exposed to all kinds of weather conditions. They work with specialised equipment and tools, so safety procedures must be followed to reduce health risks; awareness of ones surroundings is necessary as large equipment and vehicles are in use. They work during daylight hours in a typical seven day work week.
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- Foundry Worker
- Railway Infrastructure Worker
- Track Inspector