Track builder

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Track builder

Track construction is a training occupation , in Germany it is recognized by ordinance of June 2, 1999 ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 1102).

Track builders work in new construction as well as in the renovation and repair of track systems. In addition, they perform related tasks in the trades of the building construction by and road construction.


Most of the work takes place in the open air.

Depending on the job, the workers also spend the night away from home or near the construction site.

Night shifts are also necessary to minimize disruptions to rail operations.


The training period is three years. The profession is trained in industry.


In the GDR, the profession was called to 1985 skilled workers for railway technology and from 1985 until the reunification of skilled workers for railway construction .

Further education and career

Possible further training and career paths are



The basic vocational training to become a track construction EFZ takes three years. The vocational school is attended in block courses.

Track builders mostly work outside, so robust health is one of the basic requirements. Despite the many machines and tools, the work requires good fitness and muscle strength, but high accuracy is also required, after all, the trains should be able to run quietly and without jerking on the tracks. A strong sense of responsibility and safety is indispensable with regard to rail travelers, but also to colleagues.

The training is offered by Login , the training association of SBB and private railways.

Training opportunities

  • Shortened basic education
  • Professional examination:
    • Track construction foreman with federal Qualification
  • Higher professional examination:
    • Graduated site manager (civil engineering), master builder



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Individual evidence

  2. Training documents for skilled workers: Skilled workers for railway construction. State Publishing House of the GDR, 1987.