Communications engineer

Communications engineers maintain the communication systems that people and computers use to communicate across rail networks. Their role includes telecommunications, networking, and signalling systems which are all essential to keep our railways safe and efficient.
Also known as: Telecommunications engineer, Network engineer

Is this role right for you?

Do you love finding out how something works? Or do you think you could design it better? Engineers use careful analysis and creative thinking to solve complex problems. They harness creativity to explore bold new solutions. Many engineers lead teams to design, build and maintain Australia’s railways. They’re excellent communicators because they need to explain their ideas and collaborate with other people on projects.

What are some example projects or experiences?

Communications engineers work in many areas in rail. This could include telecommunications, internet technology, computer systems, networking, broadband technology, and radio communications. Their work often requires them to troubleshoot system issues, inspect and maintain communications systems, and keep detailed maintenance records.

What is the work environment like?

You’ll work in a team of engineers and skilled tradespeople. Sometimes you’ll work in an office troubleshooting system issues. Other times you’ll work within the rail corridor to inspect and maintain communications infrastructure. You can find work as a communications engineer all around Australia. Most jobs are in cities and towns. Some are in remote areas.

Eligibility & pathways

Communications engineers typically complete a university degree. They may specialise in electronics, communications systems, telecommunications, or networks. Our industry values diverse personal and work experience. Many employers can provide you with opportunities to gain additional qualifications and industry experience to help you succeed.

Avenues of Entry
Pay Range
$108,000 - $131,500
Senior level
$130,000 - $202,500

Salaries may vary outside of these ranges, based on company size and location, level of experience, competence and time in role.