Online Microcredential in Science, Engineering & Maths

Railway Engineering: Planning and Maintenance

Develop skills in railway planning and maintenance to shape your future in the rapidly expanding field of railway engineering.

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Deakin UniversityDeakin University

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Australian Railway AssociationAustralian Railway Association

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Upskill in railway engineering with Deakin University

There are a growing number of jobs in railway engineering across Australia, making now the perfect time to upskill.

If you’re looking to develop your expertise in railway engineering, this microcredential from Deakin University is for you.

Over five weeks, you’ll gain a solid introduction to the railway industry. You’ll become armed with essential knowledge and skills to undertake planning and maintenance according to Australian national standards and guidelines.

This microcredential provides an exceptional opportunity to upskill and unlock different career opportunities in the thriving Australian railway industry.

Gain an introduction to railway systems

You’ll start by exploring railway systems to learn how to adhere to relevant industry guidelines for planning and maintaining railway infrastructure systems.

This foundational knowledge will help you navigate real-world scenarios and plan maintenance in accordance with rigorous Australian national standards.

Develop an understanding of railway infrastructure

Next, you’ll advance your understanding by exploring the complexities of railway infrastructure.

You’ll learn how to tackle problems related to efficient and sustainable planning and maintenance.

Understand the maintenance of railway systems

Throughout the microcredential, you’ll delve into the multifaceted aspects of maintenance within the railway industry, covering civil, mechanical, signalling, and electrical systems.

With this knowledge, you’ll develop the ability to utilise appropriate methods and processes for effective planning and maintenance of railway projects and operational systems.

Gain skills you can immediately apply in the railway industry

Finally, you’ll develop skills to help you communicate your knowledge effectively in a professional manner.

You can immediately use these skills in the workplace or towards a postgraduate degree in engineering.

This microcredential is one of a series exploring railway engineering. If you enjoyed it, you may be interested in joining Railway Engineering: Design.

How will the skills I learn help in my career?

Learning from the experts at Deakin University, you’ll align your expertise with industry standards, positioning you for career advancement.

You’ll discover top industry insights to help you gain practical knowledge you can apply to real-world situations.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the microcredential, you will mark steps as complete and then take a final assessment.

This assessment is designed to test your learning and cement your new skills.

Will I receive university credits?

Upon successful completion of the written assessment, you’ll be awarded 0.5 Postgraduate Level Credits from Deakin University, and a Credly digital badge. You can either earn a stand-alone credential or build up your credits by completing more stackable microcredentials offered by Deakin University and work towards a full postgraduate degree.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds CAROLINE WILKIE: The rail industry is experiencing an unprecedented $154 billion in construction activity over the next 15 years, with the rollout of critical city-shaping projects that will bring great economic, social, and environmental benefits to communities across the country.

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 seconds ASHIM DEBNATH: There is now an urgent need for more qualified professionals to address the multidisciplinary challenges faced in planning, design, and maintenance of railway infrastructure systems.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds Hello. My name is Associate Professor Ashim Debnath. I’m the head of Civil and Environmental Engineering discipline at Deakin University. To address the industry need, Deakin has partnered with the Australasian Railway Association, ARA, to deliver two micro-credentials.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds CAROLINE WILKIE: The ARA is very excited about the opportunity for Deakin University students to gain real-world skills for the rail industry and to learn about the latest technologies and developments. One of the micro-credentials focuses on the design aspects of track infrastructure, and the other explores the importance of planning and maintenance.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 seconds ASHIM DEBNATH: Completion of both courses provides you with one credit point towards future learning of a postgraduate programme at Deakin.

Skip to 1 minute and 33 seconds CAROLINE WILKIE: The courses bring together cutting-edge research and teaching innovation with current and emerging industry-wide practises, and will feature presentations by leading experts in railway operations and infrastructure.

Skip to 1 minute and 46 seconds ASHIM DEBNATH: Whether you are excited about pursuing a career in rail or you are already an industry professional looking to upskill, learn about the latest practises, and connect with experts from across the sector, this course is for you.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 second CAROLINE WILKIE: Join us now, and take this unique opportunity to develop or advance a rewarding career at the forefront of rail engineering.

What skills will you learn?

  • Engineering
  • Railway engineering
  • Maintenance
  • Communication skills
  • Project management

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Apply relevant standards and industry guidelines to develop systematic approaches for designing railway infrastructure systems in a variety of scenarios.
  • Utilise appropriate methods and processes for the designing railway projects and operational systems.
  • Analyse complex problems for efficient and sustainable design of railway infrastructure projects by applying fundamental principles.
  • Manage and communicate information effectively in a professional manner.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

There are no entry requirements for this microcredential, but a background in engineering and an interest in railway will be useful.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for engineers and other interested learners who want to upskill in railway engineering and leverage growing job postings across Australia.

It will be useful for both graduate civil engineers and professional civil engineers.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll have access to the welcome area to introduce yourself and familiarise yourself with the microcredential structure and course materials.

  • Course

    From 4 Mar 2024

    Railway Engineering: Planning and Maintenance

    Discover railway systems, understand industry guidelines, and build design skills to unlock new positions in railway engineering.

    6 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    You will gain a digital credential from Deakin University

What you will receive

A Digital Badge from Deakin University and Credly

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What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Career-focused learning by Australian Railway Association

We are the peak body for the rail sector in Australia and New Zealand.

Delivered by experts

I am a senior lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Deakin University. I have taught power engineering design, industrial automation, energy efficiency and demand management.

I am a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the School of Engineering, Deakin University.

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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