Eva B is a Train Driver for First ScotRail. It's not something she planned to be, in fact she went through university and into a job without having any plans at all. But her boyfriend persuaded her to apply to be a train driver and she took to it. Now she's thinking of becoming a full-time instructor.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionJob holders in this unit group drive diesel, diesel-electric, electric and steam locomotives that transport passengers and goods on surface and underground railways, and transport passengers in trams.
QualificationsThere are no formal academic requirements. Entrants must pass a series of tests and a medical examination. Age restrictions apply in some areas of work. Good hearing, good eyesight and normal colour vision are required. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs are available at Level 2.
- Checks controls, gauges, brakes and lights before start of journey and studies route, timetable and track information;
- Checks safety equipment, regulates the heating of passenger compartments and records engine defects or unusual incidents on the journey;
- Starts train or tram when directed and operates controls to regulate speed;
- Watches for track hazards, observes signals and temperature, pressure and other gauges;
- Stops as directed to allow passengers to embark/ disembark;
- Makes scheduled stops for the loading and unloading of freight and coupling/uncoupling of carriages and tubs;
- Maintains radio contact with control centre;
- May make passenger announcements and controls automatic doors;
- May check travel passes, collect fares and deal with passenger queries.