Grinding Operative – Plain Line


The course is intended to provide the delegate with the knowledge and skills required to be competent to carry out the duties of a Grinding Operative.


At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the duties of a Grinding Operative.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of Abrasive Wheels for each Grinding Machine
  • Be able to identify the effects of Rolling Contact Fatigue in Plain Line only
  • Be able to demonstrate competency in the safety aspects and use of each grinding machine including: –
    • Head grinder (MV3)
    • Rail deburers (MC3)
    • Hand held angle grinders
  • Be able to use relevant track gauges
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Non- Destructive Testing (Magnetic Particle Testing and Liquid Penetrant Testing)



Five Days


There are no particular educational pre-requisites for the course. However, the following factors are a requirement:-

  • Prior experience in working within the Permanent Way Environment
  • A basic knowledge of the track and its components
  • Hold a valid certificate in the safe use of Abrasive Wheels in accordance with the PUWER Regulations (1998)



This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line and therefore, he/she MUST be in possession of:-

  • Valid P. T. S. Card
  • High Visibility Flame Retardant Coverall to EN531, EN470 and GO/RT3279
  • Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 15090:2006 H13 C1 AN-F2A-PPE 3aCAT
  • Safety Helmet (white/blue) to BS EN 397:1995
  • Anti-Vibration Gloves
  • Safety Glasses BS EN 166B and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to the delegate on completion of the course and assessments.