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We're removing 10 more level crossings by 2025, bringing the total to 85 level crossings gone for good.

There is currently an unprecedented pipeline of work underway on Victoria’s rail network. Existing systems are being upgraded and new infrastructure is being built. With this comes the need for well-trained and qualified professionals.

Rail signalling is one area where qualified professionals are in demand, which is why the Rail Signalling Engineer Cadet Program was created.

About the program

Rail signalling is a highly specialised and growing field in the rail industry. Rail signalling engineers contribute to the design, construction, maintenance and project management of the signal systems that regulate train movements across the network.

The Rail Signalling Engineer Cadet Program provides a fully paid, three-year cadetship with placements at a range of Australia’s biggest rail and construction operators. Upon completion of the program, cadets are awarded a Graduate Diploma of Railway Signalling Systems.

More than 40 cadets have been employed by the program across the following partners:

  • Level Crossing Removal Project
  • Rail Projects Victoria
  • Acciona – Coleman Rail
  • Lendlease
  • John Holland
  • WSP
  • Aurecon
  • Metro Trains Melbourne
  • V/Line
  • CPB Contractors
  • ULG
  • Jacobs
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • McConnell Dowell

Rail Signal Engineer Cadetship 2022

Applications for 2022 have now closed.


To be eligible for the program, you must be:

  • A recent engineering graduate in electrical, electronic, mechatronic or computer systems; or a professional engineer with over 5 years’ experience in similar fields.
  • Be able to commit to the three-year program.

Program benefits

  • Paid three-year cadetship, with placements at rail and construction industry leaders.
  • Paid Graduate Diploma in Railway Signalling Systems qualification upon completion.
  • Construction Industry White Card, Rail Industry Worker Card, and Safely Access the Rail Corridor training completed within the first five weeks of the program.
  • Learn on real-word projects and systems.
  • Exposure to the broader rail and construction infrastructure industry through placement rotations.
  • Ongoing support from the Level Crossing Removal Project, the agency leading the program alongside industry partners.

Applications for 2022 have now closed.

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Program overview


Weeks 1 to 5

Signalling familiarisation program of workshops, demonstrations and orientation sessions.

Year 1

Year-long placement with parent employer.

Year 2

Start the Graduate Diploma in Railway Signalling Systems and experience up to two different employers via placement rotations.

Year 3

Undertake up to two additional placement rotations, further opportunities to network and learn about specialist rail engineering and signalling directly from industry, and graduate diploma completion.

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