Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers create and maintain mechanical systems. They design trains, equipment, and track infrastructure.
Also known as: Rollingstock 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?

Mechanical engineers design and build the machines that make up and support our rail network. This includes our freight trains, which are some of the largest in the world. It also includes the machines that are used to maintain and repair them. A mechanical engineer could be responsible for maintaining an entire fleet of locomotives, so they must have strong technical and time management skills. They understand best practice standards and may need to monitor and report on fleet performance.

What is the work environment like?

You’ll work in a team of engineers and skilled tradespeople. You might 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 mechanical engineer all around Australia. Most jobs are in cities and towns. Some are in remote areas.

Eligibility & pathways

Mechanical engineers typically complete a university degree with a specialisation in mechanical engineering. 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

Senior Brake Engineer 

Queensland Rail
Brisbane CBD

Electrical Engineer 

Queensland Rail

Mechanical Engineer 

Downer EDI Limited

Mechanical Engineer 

Downer EDI Limited

Mechanical Advisor 

Rio Tinto
Perth CBD

Engineer Maintenance 

Rio Tinto

Fleet Reliability Technician 

Downer EDI Limited

Specialist Area Engineer 

Rio Tinto

Welding Expert 

Frankston East

Rail Systems Engineer / Consultant 


Lead Rolling Stock Engineer - Rail 

Jacobs Solutions Inc.
Brisbane CBD

Site Engineer - Rail 

Infrastructure People
South Brisbane

Senior Project Engineer - Rail 

Infrastructure People
Avenues of Entry
Pay Range
$66,000 - $150,000
Senior level
$123,500 - $188,500
Manager level
$189,500 - $233,500

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