Friday 1st Jul, 2022

Downer opens doors for next generation of rail workers

High school students have toured Downer’s 150-year-old Maryborough site to learn more about a career in rail.

High school students have toured Downer’s 150-year-old Maryborough site to learn more about a career in rail.

Downer’s team aimed to educate students on what a career in rail means to inspire them to help maintain Queensland’s trains.

The site hosted Jobs Fraser Coast with students from Maryborough Aldridge State High School and St James Lutheran College. Visitors toured the site discussing supply chain, engineering and project management, before looking at roles required for an overhaul and seeing the progress on the IMU100/SMU200 midlife overhaul.

Downer Operations Manager Maryborough John Shelford said rail, like any industry, needs new people coming in to learn and take up roles as people retire.

“It’s really rewarding to host a teenager who maybe hasn’t included a career in rail in their future yet, and for them to hear from us about how we’ve had a career last decades, that we’ve supported our families, that we’ve been able to stay in Maryborough while working for Downer, it’s my favourite part of the tour – that education piece,” Shelford said.

“I’ve been working in rail for 23 years and have been with our Maryborough site that whole time. I joined as an apprentice boilermaker and over the years have moved around to where I now manage operations for the entire site. I’ve been able to raise a family here in Maryborough, while working on some fantastic projects that I know serve the Queensland community every day.

“I really love championing this industry and hosting the schools is a fantastic way to educate them on what a career in rail and with Downer can bring them.”

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