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The Aurizon Graduate Program

You will be a part of a diverse, collaborative, and creative workforce where you will know what you are accountable for and can count on having what you need in order to succeed.

As a member of our program you will have rotation opportunities across the company, giving you the chance to learn within a range of jobs and experience different work environments.

The program will be open to all graduates, doesn't matter when you graduated.

Our development program offers graduates exciting and challenging career development opportunities along with:

  • permanent employment
  • a dedicated mentor and a supportive environment
  • a competitive salary and annual performance-based remuneration review
  • opportunities to connect with technical and peer networks across Australia.

Applications for Aurizon 2020 Graduate program have closed, and the next round is likely to open in February 2020.

Should additional graduate opportunities arise, they will be advertised on our website here. Click on 'Subscribe now' to be notified of future opportunities.

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Graduate Program Overview

Rotations

On-the-job experience working on various projects, teams, industry sectors and locations across Australia that are aligned to your stream.

Structured Development

Individualised development program focused on both personal and professional skills.

Graduate Showcase

Work in multi-disciplined teams presenting innovative solutions to create cost savings or income generation for Aurizon’s future.

Railway Technical Foundations program

Building railway technical skills is key to our current and future success. This program connects key leaders in the organisation to understand technical aspects of how a railway operates and how we work together to create value.

Mentoring

Be matched with leaders whose experience and knowledge is invaluable to your professional development and career opportunities.

Buddy program

Connect with others that have experienced the program before. A chance to socialise and ask questions from peers to give you insight and fast track your learning.

Who am I?

Mitch Lees

Mitch is our District Civil Engineer for the northern region. Mitch joined Aurizon as a student engineer 11 years ago and successfully completed the Aurizon graduate program.

While at Aurizon, Mitch has enjoyed the diversity of roles, growth opportunities offered to him as well as the mentoring and coaching.

Watch the video to hear about Mitch's experience and to find out more about the Aurizon Graduate program.

Catherine Whipps

Catherine joined Aurizon’s graduate program in 2012 as a Business Analyst. Over the years she has made the most of the development opportunities offered to her and now works as a Deployment Leader, leading a diverse team in our deployment centre.

"Aurizon has been very committed to developing my career not only in the grad program, but once I moved into a leadership position they have continued to develop me and are always looking at what I can do to improve myself," said Catherine.

Watch the video to find out more about Catherine's experience at Aurizon.

Graduate Opportunities

Due to the nature of our business, Aurizon's graduate opportunities may change year-on-year. Below are the streams that may be included in our graduate intake.

Corporate

The graduate roles in Corporate may be in one or more of the following streams:

Human Resources

Our Human Resources team partners with our leaders to implement HR solutions and drive a high performance culture. Human Resources assists in implementing strategic HR initiatives across our workforce including employee engagement and development, succession planning and performance management.


Corporate Affairs

Our Corporate Affairs team provide five key services; brand and corporate sponsorships, community engagement, stakeholder relations, external relations and organisational communications.


Safety, Health & Environment

This team is responsible for:

  • implementation of and monitoring the Targeting ZEROHarm action plans and initiatives
  • developing risk management skills and leading risk assessments
  • conducting incident investigations through the analysis of trends
  • development of initiatives to prevent reoccurrence.

The team also plays a crucial role in environmental management practices: maintaining management systems, impact and risk assessments, audits, ongoing monitoring, and field work.


Commercial

The graduate roles in Commercial may be in the Finance stream:

Finance (Accounting Analyst & Business Analyst)

Graduates within Aurizon's Commercial team are responsible for our financial corporate advisory and planning and reporting services areas.

Our financial corporate advisory areas provide specialised services relating to tax, treasury, investor relations, capital excellence and mergers and acquisitions.

Our planning and reporting services area is focussed on managing an integrated business framework to maximise shareholder returns, plan for resource allocation and performance analysis.

Some of the other responsibilities include:

  • conducting market research
  • managing pricing strategies
  • providing pricing and commercial analysis
  • negotiating high-value complex rail haulage contracts
  • managing the portfolio profitability.

Engineering

The graduate roles in Engineering may be in one or more of the following streams:

Civil Engineering

As a civil engineer, you will have the opportunity to use your professional skills across a variety of asset types including rail and road formation, a range of structure classes, and railway track. You will be involved in strategic planning, design, construction, and maintenance phases of the asset lifecycle.

The work includes:

  • geotechnical investigation and assessment
  • specification, design and estimation
  • supervision and verification of construction works
  • project management and maintenance planning
  • asset performance analysis, and failure and condition investigation.

Mechanical Engineering

Be a part of an engineering team responsible for: design, modification, testing, maintenance, safety and reliability of our rollingstock fleet and specialist plant equipment. You will gain experience in project management, monitoring fleet performance, fault identification, and reliability improvement.

The work includes:

  • new vehicle design and vehicle modification
  • rollingstock testing and commissioning
  • project management
  • asset maintenance including fault investigation
  • finite element and fatigue analysis.

Electrical Engineering

As an electrical engineer you will be working with a wide range of electrical, electronic and software systems including:

  • locomotive traction and control systems
  • HV traction power supply and distribution
  • telecommunications, railway signalling and operational systems
  • SCADA systems

The work includes:

  • specification and design
  • construction planning and supervision
  • inspection, testing and commissioning
  • asset performance analysis, fault investigation and maintenance planning
  • management of multi-system design integration and verification.

Graduates FAQ's

  • Australian or New Zealand citizen or those who have Australian permanent residency status at the time of application. You need the qualifications and experience relevant to this role.
  • The Graduate Program is a two-year program.
  • Yes! If you would like to apply for more than one discipline or location, please email careers@aurizon.com.au
  • We are seeking graduates who want to grow their career in Aurizon and are flexible to work in the regional communities where Aurizon operates.
  • If you have the opportunity to move as part of your rotation during the program, we will provide reasonable relocation assistance.
  • Our Graduate Program commences each year in February.
  • As part of our Graduate program, you will start with Aurizon as a permanent employee.
  • We may consider different start dates on a case by case basis.
  • Yes, if you are unsuccessful in your application for the Graduate Program at this time just make sure you still meet the key eligibility criteria.
  • Aurizon pay a competitive salary which will be reviewed annually based on performance.

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