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Rail Signalling Engineer Cadetship

10 Apr 2018



Rail Signalling Engineer Cadetship

[Title: Rail Signalling Engineer Cadetship]

Abdel El Wazni - Host Employer: CPB Contractors

[Vision: Cadets working through carpark - Abdel speaking]

My name is Abdel and I’m doing the Graduate Signal Engineer Cadet program with CPB Contractors.

[Vision: Rail line and train - Cadets being shown points and junctions]

Today we got exposed to the different sort of equipment involved in track operation and points and junctions and turnouts.

Ross Haden - Signalling Trainer

[Vision: Ross talking to cadets - railway crossing sign]

You know when I started as a signal engineer, you know it was very classroom-based.

[Vision: Cadets listening to Ross speak and learning outside of classroom]

You know, you sat in the corner, it’s like oh, you know, what’s going on, whereas there’s definitely a large practical focus for this cadetship.

Bradley Giddins - Director, Industry, Capability and Inclusion

This program has been delivered and developed by industry for industry based on industry’s needs today and into the mid to long-term future.

[Vision: Cadets learning in classroom - Abdel speaking - old train and signal]

It was a good experience to actually see how trains operated a hundred years ago, then how trains operate now.

[Vision: Old signalling equipment - Abdel speaking - levers for changing points]

And the mechanical systems that they had back then you’re out there actually changing the point rather than just sitting there behind a computer screen pressing a button and then that’s it you’ve changed a track.

Rochelle Lacson - Host Employer: V/Line

We are given an introduction about the signalling equipment, the ballast the train stops, and now we’re moving onto the designs.

[Vision: Cadets in classroom learning in a practical way - Bradley speaking]

Usual sensitivities around commercial intellectual property and competitive edge have sort of been parked and pushed to the side in the spirit of ensuring that these cadets get the maximum learning experience through their journey in these organisations.

[Vision: Rochelle speaking - Cadets learning]

So I’ll be able to see every aspect of the rail industry from different perspectives and I think that’s a very good thing.

[Vision: Bradley speaking - Boom gate and railway crossing in operation - cadets walking inside and learning about signalling]

The rotation aspect of the program is really meaningful to the cadets because they really do get practical hands-on experiences within different aspects of the rail organisations and environments.

[Vision: Abdel speaking - cadets on site learning - Abdel speaking]

I would hope to, you know, progress my career as a signalling engineer and then broaden my scope of operations and see how my career progresses from then.

[Vision: Bradley speaking - cadets learning inside and on site]

This program has got the potential to address, not only Victorian state based needs, but national needs in relation to critical skill shortages for rail signalling engineers.

[Vision: Bradley speaking]

The results are speaking for themselves.

Our cadets are in high demand across the industry.

And Victoria, once again, is demonstrating that it truly is the education state and delivering capacity and capability to the market to meet the government’s major transport infrastructure commitments.

[Credits for industry partners]


[Speaker: Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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