Title:  Locomotive Engineer Trainee - Greymouth

Req ID:  11031



Everyday our Freight Locomotive Engineers (Train Drivers) move New Zealand's goods safely and efficiently throughout the country, removing over 1 million truck movements from our roads. If you want to join a great team driving our Freight Trains, then this is your opportunity.


A little insight into working for KiwiRail, check out what it's like to be a Locomotive Engineer click here - it's time to join us! 

  • Great career opportunities in a strong growth industry 
  • One of New Zealand’s fastest growing organisations
  • Gain Internationally recognised NZQA qualification. 
  • Our starting rate is $27.81, which increases to $48.01 once achieving LE qualification.

What you’ll do

You will hold the overall responsibility for the safe operation of the locomotive, and the delivery of rail freight between terminals to meet our customer needs. Managing and operating the locomotive safely and efficiently to ensure operating procedures are followed at all times.

You'll inspect trains and perform examination tests to ensure all equipment and loads meet the requirements for the journey. As well as operational responsibilities you will manage all required documentation to ensure possession of correct work-orders, relevant bulletins and dangerous goods documentation are correct and up to date to reflect your journey.

What you’ll need

You'll need to be customer focused, comfortable with following robust rules and instructions as we operate to achieve a zero-harm policy and be able to retain detailed information to a high level.

  • Full clean Class 1 Driver's Licence.
  • Working nights, weekends, and public holidays over a 24/7 pre-planned roster.
  • Being able to adapt to a changing environment within a safety critical setting.
  • The ability to meet industry medical standards, including drug testing.
  • Computer skills and confidence with documentation is essential.

What you'll get:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • Supportive team environment 
  • Discounted insurance and holiday homes
  • Travel privileges
  • Full training provided
  • 5 weeks annual leave 

Our people are everything. That’s why KiwiRail is committed to an inclusive, flexible, and supportive workplace where everyone can feel valued, respected, and have equal opportunity to succeed. We encourage applications from people of all ages, genders, sexual orientation, personalities, ethnicities, abilities, and cultures.

If life’s a journey, KiwiRail is a great way of keeping your career moving through it. Ours is a fast-paced, inspiring, and truly customer-focused culture – where your career will connect you to real opportunities, while balancing work and whānau life.

#We’re going places. Are you?


Position Description: Trainee Locomotive Engineer

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