Campbell McLennanI’ve just started training for my new job as a Train Controller and I’m pretty excited about it too.
A Train Controller manages the safe passage of trains and schedules them around station operations. I deal with incidents as they happen, so it’s a fast-paced job.
I’ve just come to Melbourne after living in Geelong for a year and a half, where I was working for V/Line as a Services Manager. Before that I was a Services Officer in my home town of Bendigo and prior to that I was a conductor based in Bendigo. My job took me all over Victoria.
I really love this business because it’s a really interesting, diverse place full of surprises. I hadn’t thought about the rail industry as a career. I used to catch the train as a kid, but I thought they were a bunch of crusty old geezers! My impressions are different now I’m working in the industry.
The change from being employed as a Conductor to working at a station has been natural and felt very comfortable. I’d been to uni and finished a degree in tourism, and the adjustment was seamless because of the focus on dealing with people.
There are many opportunities to move in and around the business. In the old days you’d have to work 20 or 30 years before becoming a train controller. Now it’s very different. People are retiring and moving on, which is creating lots of different opportunities. It’s an awesome time to be a part of it, because you can go through the ranks quickly.
The training for the train controller job has been very challenging. There’s lots of training involved and I’m learning many new things. I need to be able to think critically and deal with the public as things are happening. I’ve just started training for my new job as a Train Controller and I’m pretty excited about it too.
I really enjoy dealing with people from different backgrounds, ages and ethnic groups. It makes it interesting and it means each day is different. There’s always change on the horizon and something new to learn.
Moving to Geelong to start my job there was a highlight. I had to learn so much, so quickly. I got to move to a new town and work for a different station. Each location does things differently.
I can see myself with V/Line for a long time. I’d love to be an Area Manager and train control gives me a good understanding of the business. To be a manager you need all that knowledge.
Main duties: Controlling the movement of trains across Victoria.
Minimum qualifications: Year 12 onwards or related work experience. Logistics or related degree.
Your skills: Communication, problem solving and ability to work under extreme pressure.
Your job benefits: Varied 24-hour work roster, responsibility.
Your training: Specialised courses and on-the-job.
Job locations: Based in Melbourne.