First listed on: 13 May 2024

Principal Mechanical Design Engineer

Queensland Rail has a rare opportunity for a Principal Mechanical Design Engineer who will be primarily responsible for developing detailed mechanical designs and modifications, provide technical advice on rolling stock standards and items such as structural analysis, for the operation of our passenger rolling stock fleet. 

You will also oversee a small team, consisting currently of Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Design Coordinator and two rotational Graduates. 

Why Queensland Rail? 

We are a large operational rail transport business spanning across Queensland.  Safety, our people and the community comes first, always.  

We are also fortunate to have one of the largest in-house engineering business functions spanning across various engineering disciplines. This provides the opportunity for our teams to work together to deliver exciting and challenging engineering outcomes. You will also have exposure to a broad range of technologies.

A typical day in this role will involve a mix of tasks such as:  

  • Develop sub-system design modifications on existing rolling stock.
  • Oversee the preparation and development of design documents.
  • Review technical standards, specifications for rolling stock and associated equipment to ensure performance, operational and safety requirements are fulfilled.  
  • Review the designs of new rolling stock.
  • Monitor rolling stock performance and reliability to achieve safe and more economical operation.
  • Mentor and coach reporting staff to maximise team performance by providing performance feedback, advice, encouragement, training and professional development.

About you:

We are specifically looking for candidates with design engineering experience as you will be primarily performing detailed design engineering work.  Whilst we value project engineering skillsets in other parts of our business, this is not a project engineering role.  

You will also bring:

  • Solid understanding of industry standards, regulations, and best practices in mechanical design engineering.
  • Substantial level of skill in carrying out engineering investigations and providing technical advice and engineering reports on all aspects of rolling stock.
  • Structural, Modelling and Analysis skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and communicate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire team members to achieve project goals.

Candidates at the time of application will be able to demonstrate meeting the below qualifications and employment eligibility:

  • Hold a Professional Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering qualification which is recognised under the Washington Accord or demonstrated by ‘an entry to practice competently’ having been awarded to you by Engineers Australia and accepted by Queensland Rail.  
  • Current Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ).

Due to the timeline of the requirements for this role, we will only be able to accept candidates with unrestricted eligibility to the be employed within Australia. 


  • Office is located at our inner-city rolling stock maintenance depot at Bowen Hills.
  • Our standard working hours are 38 hour per work week Monday to Friday. 

Position Description

Benefits and lifestyle:

  • Permanent full time role with a company with over 150 years of history.
  • Support for career and continued professional development.
  • Flexible work opportunities available.
  • Free Citytrain travel to and from work and access to other free or discounted SEQ rail travel for yourself and your dependents.
  • Annual base salary ranges between $155,000 - $166,800 commensurate on preferred candidates experience and qualifications plus 12.75% Superannuation contribution.
  • Employee Assistance Program covering career and personal professional support services.
  • Health and wellbeing programs including Fitness Passport.
  • Four weeks annual leave and 17.5% annual leave loading.
  • Collaborative and engaged workplace and team environment.
  • Long service leave entitlements on completion of 7 years continuous service. 
  • Equal opportunity leave, paid parental/partner leave.

Sounds great, what now?

Please apply to Principal Mechanical Design Engineer (6800) via our website by clicking onto the "Apply" button by 11:59pm (GMT+10:00 Brisbane) Sunday 26th May 2024.

Supporting a Diverse Workforce

Queensland Rail is committed to a diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers and communities we serve.

We are inclusive, collaborative, respectful, and value our differences.  We are 1TEAM, where everyone belongs.

If you do require an adjustment during the recruitment process, please contact Cynthia Mackenzie via the phone number or email below.

Applicants for roles within Queensland Rail will be subject to Alcohol and Other Drugs pre-employment testing if progressed through the recruitment processes. The recruitment and selection process for this position might require shortlisted applicants to undertake psychometric assessment, pre-employment health assessment and background checks that might also include criminal history and credit checks. For roles that have pre-employment qualifications, QR will also be required to do formal qualification verification processes to ensure qualifications align to QR's requirements.  Multiple vacancies may also apply to this advertisement. 

To learn more about this Queensland Rail career opportunity please contact Cynthia Mackenzie with your specific enquiry via   Please do not email your application. We can only accept applications received via our website.

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