rail layer


Rail layers construct railway tracks on prepared sites. They monitor equipment that sets railroad sleepers or ties, usually on a layer of crushed stone or ballast. Rail layers then lay the rail tracks on top of the sleepers and attach them to make sure the rails have a constant gauge, or distance to each other. These operations are usually done with a single moving machine, but may be performed manually.

Scope notes

Excludes people performing preparation activites such as bulldozing or scraping. 
 Excludes people performing electric power lines installation. 
 Includes people performing flash welding. 
 Includes people performing laying activities of tram, metro and light rail tracks.

Alternative label

  • track machine operator

  • light rail layer

  • tramway layer

  • rail machine operator

  • track layer

  • railtrack layer

  • rail track layer

  • plate layer

  • light railtrack layer

  • layer in railway sites

  • railway line layer

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/services/free-movement-professionals/qualifications-recognition_en


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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