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Locomotive Driver

Apprenticeship and traineeship details

Please refer to the Declaration Policy for the requirements relating to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Type:
Traineeship

Job summary:
The primary objective of a Locomotive Driver is to prepare, manage and operate locomotives and trains safely in accordance with their level of competency, safe- working qualifications and established operational procedures, in order to meet customer and operational requirements.

In order to operate and manage train movements to meet the requirements of customers and the business, the Locomotive Driver will be responsible for:
- Ensure the safe, economical and efficient operation of motive power unit(s) by preparing, cleaning, starting, operating, monitoring, shutting down and stabling the unit(s) in accordance with operational procedures.
- Ensure the safe, economical, efficient and timely movement of freight from one location to another by the application of train management techniques, conducting marshalling and shunting operations and observing timetable schedules.
- Ensure all rail safety workers who are associated with the train being worked by the driver have applied the core safe working and operational procedures by observation and validation to the required standards.
- Ensure the identification, response and corrective action to emergency and dangerous situations by the appropriate application of skills, experience and training, certification, self-development and task familiarisation.
- Ensure vigilance is maintained, signal indications are observed, their meaning comprehended, and the required behaviour is applied to meet operational standards.
- Ensure contribution to the commercial viability by effective communication, team participation, and quality of service delivery, compliance with organisational policies and legislation and in the planning of personal work activities.
- Ensure the appropriate operational status and usage of property, assets and equipment (such as radios, motor vehicles, safety equipment, office facilities etc.) by effective maintenance and care to maintain reliable service delivery.
- Ensure that rolling stock, including braking systems, are in a fit and serviceable condition by conducting examinations and minor maintenance, and where appropriate, identifying and rectifying minor faults and failures and communicating with relevant personnel to operational standards.
- Involvement in continuous improvement and maintaining of housekeeping standards within work area.
- Ensure the appropriate behaviour is displayed when engaging with external customers at the load point.
- Recording, processing and monitoring train performance information where required.
- Provisioning and preparing locomotives (single & multiple units) for train operations.
- Checking & testing locomotive control systems.
- Performing and maintaining locomotive train operations in accordance with specifications and procedures.
- Performing/coordinating shunting movements both independently and in cooperation with Shift Managers in accordance with established procedures and standards.
- Achieve specific corridor fuel targets (litres per GTK), implementing fuel saving strategies by monitoring train performance and utilising the locomotive fuel saving features when appropriate.
- Maintaining up to date knowledge of client site requirements, network and safe working policies, procedure, standards and regulations.
- Provide on the job instruction and monitoring to drivers of lower classifications to the extent of their skills and competence.
- Operate company or client motor vehicles as required and perform other duties as allocated by the Shift Supervisor/Operations Manager and/or Planning Team.

Australian Standard Classification of Occupations:
TRAIN DRIVERS AND ASSISTANTS

Sub-industry:
TRAIN DRIVER

Available Contract Modes:
  • Full-time
  • The lodgment of a second training contract where one of the training contracts is full-time will be reviewed by the Department to determine if each of the parties to each training contract can meet their obligations. There must be a clear separation between the training and employment requirements for each training contract and must not be replicated through the one occupation only.

  • Part-time
  • Minimum of 15 hours per week over each 4 week period throughout duration of apprenticeship/traineeship.

  • Casual NOT PERMITTED in Queensland
  • School-based
  • 7.5 hours per week of paid employment. This may be averaged over a 3 month period.

    Over the period of a year, the employer must provide at a minimum the equivalent of 375 hours (50 days) of paid employment.


    For a school-based trainee to be eligible to complete in this traineeship they must have met the minimum paid employment requirement as outlined below:
    - 24 month full time nominal completion duration - 100 days minimum (750 hours)
    Note: Each school-based traineeship has minimum paid employment requirements that are unique to the traineeship. Please refer to each traineeship in QTIS for further information.


Apprentices/trainees with a disability are entitled to work less than 15 hours per week when averaged over a 4 week cycle. They must be a holder of a disability pension and Pension concession card to be approved.

Other requirements for school-based:
School-based requirements
Students not enrolled in years 10, 11 or 12 may be eligible to enter a SAT provided there are exceptional circumstances warranting consideration and all other entry requirements are met, including being of an age where it is legal to undertake paid employment.

Before a student not in years 10, 11 or 12 commences a SAT, a business case supporting the arrangements must be provided to and approved by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

Delivery of training to school-based trainees
Limits have been imposed on the amount of institutional training which may be delivered to school-based apprentices, based on the nominal term of a full time training contract. This restriction does not apply to school-based traineeships.

Traineeship Probation/Duration Details:
All apprenticeships have a nominal term - this is the timeframe that is on the Traineeship training contract.

Mode Start Date End Date Probation Period (days) Nominal Term (months)
Full-time 02/12/2019 60 24

Minimum education standard:
Nil

Minimum entry age:
The Child Employment Act states that the minimum age for apprentices and trainees is 13 years of age, unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements:
Students not enrolled in years 10, 11 or 12 may be eligible to enter a SAT.

As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport have unrestricted rights to employment in Australia.

Visa holders may engage in apprenticeships or traineeships provided their work rights allows this, based on information and advice provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Supervision requirements
Please refer to the Declaration policy, table 16 for the requirements on supervision.

Modified supervision arrangements available: NO

Employers are required to provide, or arrange to provide the facilities, range of work, supervision and training as detailed in the training plan.

Qualified person for traineeships
1. A person who has satisfactorily completed a traineeship in the trainee's calling, and is the holder of a completion certificate issued under an Act, or
2. A person who holds a certificate of recognition issued under an Act, certifying the person has the necessary skills and knowledge in the calling, or
3. A tradesperson in the trainee's calling, as defined under a specific industrial instrument, or
4. A person who holds a tradesperson’s certificate or certificate of recognition as a recognised tradesperson issued under the Tradespersons’ Rights Regulation Act 1946 in the traineeship calling, or
5. A person who holds a relevant qualification in the traineeship calling, or
6. A person individually, or persons collectively, who has/have documented competence (achieved through an RPL or training pathway) or demonstrated competence in all the competencies the employer is required to provide training for under the trainee’s training plan (note - cannot be a person or persons currently undertaking the same traineeship), and
7. A person undertaking a traineeship, at a higher level than the trainee's, whose traineeship incorporates supervisory or coordinating skills and who has documented competence (achieved through an RPL or training pathway) in at least one of the competencies the employer is required to provide to the trainee under the training plan and who is supervised by a person who qualifies under (1), and/or (5) and/or (6).
And, where a licence to practice the calling is required, the qualified person holds a current licence.

Adequate supervision of apprentices and trainees cannot solely be provided from an offsite location by electronic means. Electronic means include, but are not limited to, telephones, radios and webcams.

The level of supervision will normally range between direct, general and broad as per the below guidelines:
- Direct - Close monitoring of work ensuring understanding and identifying potential risks and/or hazards
- General - Occasional monitoring to ensure progress is occurring
- Broad - Quality checking of completed tasks.

Licensing requirements - NIL

Status:
Current

Qld declaration date:
07/11/2019

Implementation date:
02/12/2019


Qualification details

Name:
Certificate IV in Train Driving

Qualification code:
TLI42615

Qualification content:
Click here for more details

Training package:
TLI - Transport and Logistics Training Package - TLI

Status:
Current


Queensland User Choice program funding details

The Queensland User Choice program funds preferred suppliers (RTOs) for the provision of services to eligible apprentices and trainees.
For more information, please visit User Choice in Queensland.

Funded under the User Choice Program:
No


Industrial relations details

Since 1 January 2010, all private sector employers and employees in Queensland, including apprentices and trainees, have their wages and conditions of employment covered by the Fair Work Act 2009 and modern awards. This legislation is administered by the Commonwealth Government Fair Work Ombudsman's office. https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/minimum-wages/apprentice-and-trainee-pay-rates.

Apprentices and trainees are considered employees and may receive entitlements the same as other employees such as: annual leave, sick leave, public holidays, superannuation, workers compensation and allowances. Apprentices and trainees must also receive a pay slip to cover full details of the pay for each pay period. Pay slips have to be given to an employee (including apprentices and trainees) within 1 working day of pay day and be either in electronic form or paper hard copy.

Parties should make enquiries with the Fair Work Ombudsman on Ph: 13 13 94 or at http://www.fairwork.gov.au to determine the correct industrial instrument and entitlements.

When employment is ceasing the employer or the employee (apprentice/trainee) must provide the appropriate notice periods as per the relevant award or registered workplace agreement. A notice period is the length of time that an employer or employee (apprentice/trainee) has to give to end employment. Additional information about notice periods can be found at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/notice-and-final-pay.

Unfair dismissal is when an employee (apprentice/trainee) is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner. Additional information about unfair dismissal can be found at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/unfair-dismissal.

Public sector and local government workers in Queensland remain under the state industrial relations system. Additional information about wages and conditions of employment for employees (apprentices/trainees employed by state or local government) can be found at: https://www.forgov.qld.gov.au/pay-awards-and-agreements.