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25 February 2010. Vol 2, Issue 4

Dear Readers,

Hats off to the those working in the railway industry who are taking on the challenge of climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in aid of Railway Children, a charity working with thousands of street children and abandoned youngsters in the UK, India and Africa.

The teams, from Angel Trains, Atkins Global, British Transport Police, Department of Transport, First Group, Network Rail, the Railway Heritage Trust, and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in Cumbria, will travel between the peaks by train, grabbing whatever sleep they can between climbing Snowdon (1085m), Scafell Pike (977m) and Ben Nevis (1345m) in less than 40 hours.

Described as one of UK’s toughest challenges, there are still places left on the Three Peaks event. Katie Mason, Events Manager from Railway Children, said: “We are still looking for teams of four people to take part as we have a total of 50 team places available. We are the only charity in the world to complete the Three Peaks Challenge by rail.

“It is the perfect solution. As well as reducing pollution, there are no hotel costs or travel fees, there is just sponsorship money to raise – £3,500 per team of four. It’s also more fun living and sleeping on the train."

Now into the eighth event, the unique fundraiser has raised more than £1 million over the years, and the donations are helping to save the lives of street children across the world. To enter a team of four in the June Three Peaks Challenge please call Katie on +44 1270 757 596 or email Katie.mason@railwaychildren.org.uk.

The beautiful Western Australian city of Perth is home to our Job of the Week. We are seeking a Reliability Engineer – Rail for this exciting role.

For further details of these positions and other opportunities worldwide, visit our website at www.railpersonnel.com.

Ceri Taylor

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   This Week's Headlines  
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3. 22 Feb 2010. Pakistan. GE signs rail MOU
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4. 22 Feb 2010. Australia. Rio Tinto railway extension opens
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5. 21 Feb 2010. UK. Eurostar breaks down, passengers trapped
A Eurostar train broke down in southeast England with hundreds of passengers trapped on board, the train operator said
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  Job Of The Week
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Job Title: Reliability Engineer - Perth WA ( #8502 )
Discipline: Civil
Role: Reliability Engineer
Position Type:
Country: Australia

Job Description:
We are seeking a Reliability Engineer – Rail for a position based in Perth, Western Australia..The successful candidate will have a proven ability to use the principles of performance evaluation and prediction to facilitate the improvement of safety, reliability, maintainability and operability of physcial assets.

Duties include:
  • monitoring and analysing the performance of rail assets
  • identifying common performance issues and working with the PI site personnel to identify their causes
  • implement solutions with PI site personnel
  • support and resource for Asset Management team
  • facilitating groups of people through Reliability review meetings, Root Cause Analysis sessions, etc
  • provide basic training and coaching in Reliability principles
  • drive the successful implementation of Reliability improvement initiatives
  • develop project plans for reliability initiatives based on IDMAIC process
  • track progress and benefits of reliability initiatives
  • allocating resources in agreement with the project sponsor for reliability initiatives
  • use Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to identify root cause and develop solutions
  • monitor and quantify reliability cost savings, increased production and/or equipment life cycle costs
  • interrogate the SAP database for equipment history in order to identify improvement opportunities
  • report reliability performance (measured by mean time between failures, availability and overall equipment utilisation) and verify that continuous improvement is occurring; and
  • verify planned reliability improvement work through field observations and use methods such as surveys and interviews to compensate for poor quality or limited availability of data.
  • Applicants must have a Bachelor of Engineering degree
  • professional membership eligibility
  • certified as a Reliability Professional
  • knowledge in reliability concepts ie. FMECA, RCM;CI methodologies, such as Kaizen, Six Sigma, Lean
  • 2-3 of experience in an engineering role in mining or heavy industry; and
  • demonstrated supervisory experience.
Contact: jackie@railpersonnel.com

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