New rail industry graduate program set to launch

Engineer under inspection and checking construction process railway and checking work on rail tracks

Engineering Education Australia (EEA) has partnered with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to create the Engineers Australia’s Graduate Learning Program – Rail, a professional development program for engineering graduates in the rail industry.

EEA General Manager Alexandra Sparvell said the program is designed for organisations in the rail industry that are ready to invest in their graduate workforce.

“The rail sector in Australia continues to grow and requires dedicated and well-rounded engineers to deliver on the current and future pipeline of work,” said Ms Sparvell.

“Combining the learning and insights from both the ARA and EEA, our focus is to deliver an outstanding graduate program for the rail sector that will give graduates the many skills they need to thrive as engineers.”

Designed in consultation with engineering organisations and the Australasian Railway Association, this engaging and flexible 18-month program helps new engineers develop the skills to achieve business results. Content within the program aligns to the underpinning knowledge engineers need to start their journey towards Chartered status.

ARA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the inclusion of the ARA’s Understanding Rail course as part of the program would help provide a strong understanding of the rail industry in Australia and New Zealand.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Engineering Education Australia on this comprehensive professional development program,” Ms Wilkie said.

“Engineering professionals are in high demand as the rail industry delivers on a $155 billion pipeline of work over the next 15 years alone. 

“This collaboration will give graduates a strong understanding of the many facets of the industry and provide an insight into the range of ways they can build a long and rewarding career in rail.” 

The program is delivered as a completely online learning experience, allowing graduates to continue their professional development from any location.