Design engineer

Design engineers use computer software to design new components, machines, and tools. They’re at the forefront of innovation in the construction of rail infrastructure and equipment.

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?

Design engineers have an opportunity to work on exciting rail projects that will shape the future of our rail networks. You could land a role designing new track infrastructure, or be part of a team that is working to upgrade signalling and level crossing systems. Design engineers are also in-demand in manufacturing, logistics, and other sectors within the rail industry. You’ll use specialised computer tools to do your work, and will need to have a strong understanding of safety standards and construction methods. You may be required to produce risk assessments, processes and procedures, and other documentation. Because you work with a team and provide advice to stakeholders, you’ll need to have strong communications skills.

What is the work environment like?

You’ll work in a team of engineers and skilled tradespeople. You could work in an office, designing the next generation of passenger trains. Or you could be on a construction site helping to install new infrastructure. You can find work as a design engineer all around Australia. Most jobs are in cities and towns. Some are in remote areas.

Eligibility & pathways

Design engineers typically complete a university degree with a specialisation in civil, electrical, mechatronic, mechanical engineering or industrial design. 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.

Current job vacancies

Signal Design Engineer 

Wabtec Corporation
South Melbourne

Signal Design Engineer 

Wabtec Corporation
Perth CBD

System Design Engineer 

Perth CBD

Electrical Design Engineer 

Arcadis Global
The Rocks

Signal Design Engineer 

Wabtec Corporation

Signal Design Engineer 

Wabtec Corporation
Avenues of Entry
Pay Range
$95,000 - $152,500
Senior level
$137,000 - $202,500
Manager level
$184,000 - $254,500

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