Courses & Units

Track Defects and Maintenance JEE154

Rozelle - Sydney


There are many types of defects which inevitably occur in railway track, and identifying and rectifying those defects is what maintenance is all about. The most critical defects occur within the steel rails and insufficient awareness of such defects has led to many train disasters over the decades. Knowing how to detect and classify track defects and applying good maintenance process is essential in track engineering as is the knowledge of how those defects may affect the longevity of track components. Planning and managing maintenance needs careful attention to ensure the safety and operational requirements of the railway are sustained, while at the same time keeping costs to a realistic minimum.


Unit name Track Defects and Maintenance
Unit code JEE154
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Coordinator Mr Mark Symes
Available as student elective? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Rozelle - Sydney Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify track defects and their effects on the life of the track
  • Describe rail defects and how risks are mitigated using methods of detection and maintenance
  • Identify operations for maintaining rails and special trackwork
  • Outline the management of track defect and maintenance incidents
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
039907 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable

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AssessmentReport (60%)|Short essay questions (40%)
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