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Monday, October 18, 2021

Railcar Driver recruitment

Ride the tracks - become a Railcar Driver with the Public Transport Authority

Train driver

Connect and grow with our team of experienced urban railcar drivers who are committed to delivering services for our customers and contributing to a safe, reliable and efficient transport network.

What do you need?

To be successful in a railcar driver position, you will need basic mechanical or technical ability with literacy and numeracy skills. You must be a good communicator, with proven customer service skills and the ability to work well in a team environment.

How can you join the Transperth team?

We recruit on an as-needs basis which is roughly every two years. We hold information sessions that provide an excellent insight into the daily responsibilities of the role and will give you the opportunity to talk to people who work in this field.
All railcar driver intakes and job vacancies are advertised on our Current opportunities page.

Training requirements

Successful applicants are required to successfully complete a 25-week paid training period, as well as on-the-job training as a trainee railcar driver. You will attain a Certificate IV in Train Driving at the end of your training. 

All vacancies are advertised on our career opportunities page so please check back regularly. 


 Information sessions

There are a number of important steps that you must meet in order to become a railcar driver.

It is strongly recommended that you attend one of our information sessions as it gives you the opportunity to find out more about the role and ask any questions you may have.

Information sessions are only held when we are advertising the position.

 Your application

All railcar driver intakes and job vacancies are advertised on our current opportunities page.

You will be required to address a number of selection criteria and provide a comprehensive resume including two work related referees.

Applications are submitted online via the current opportunities page, and will not be accepted after the closing time specified in the advertisement.


The Selection Panel will review all applications and then invite competitive applicants to the next stage of the recruitment process.

The panel will look at not only your resume but also your written responses and online application information to determine if you are shortlisted. They will also be looking to see if your application meets the Essential Criteria (as per the Role Statement) for this position.

 Aptitude tests

At the PTA, we use aptitude tests to see if you are suitable for the role of railcar driver. These tests are designed to specifically measure skills relevant to the duties of a railcar driver. The aptitude stage of the process will include the following tests:

  • Psyfactors SSA (Mobile Equipment Operator Version)
  • Applied Reading
  • APTS Abstract Reasoning

Please note: this is undertaken in a classroom environment and applicants are required to attend in person.

 Integrity checks

This may include investigations into suspensions from employment, past employment records and performance, workers compensation and pending criminal charges.

These screenings may be undertaken at any time throughout the recruitment process.


If you are invited to attend an interview, you will be asked a series of questions that relate directly to the role of a railcar driver. This is your opportunity to demonstrate to the panel in person why you are suitable for the role.

Please ensure you arrive on time, dress appropriately and have your National Police Certificate with you for the panel to sight.

 Online psychometric assessment
This is a series of psychometric assessments that provide information about a person’s mental agility and personality characteristics. Links to the online assessments will be sent to you via email.
 Medical clearance (psychological and medical)

All applicants are required to undergo medical assessments prior to being invited to the training course.

A one-on-one interview with a psychologist will be conducted to further assess suitability.

A physical medical assessment will also be completed, this includes a medical history questionnaire.


Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email at the conclusion of each stage of the process.

Those successful at the end of the process will be placed into a pool, which will remain open for a period of 12 months.

 Induction and training

Successful applicants will commence a 25-week training course which includes both coursework and practical training, as well as on-the-job experience.

The training must be successfully completed before becoming a fully operational railcar driver.

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