Reference Quantity: ST0495

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational profile:

A Rail and Rail Programs Engineer works as a part of a multi-disciplinary crew, however with private accountability and accountability for tasks associated to their specialist space. They will work in a number of railway worksites or in technical places of work. They’ve a robust understanding of how the railway works as a complete and are in a position to assess the affect of their work and its interfaces with different groups. This consists of an understanding of  standard rail or excessive velocity rail, or each. They’re accountable for the supply of rail particular technical engineering data regarding a particular side of the railway. Specialist areas embrace rail particular civil engineering, rail observe, rail signalling and management, rail techniques & integration, rail traction and rolling inventory, rail telecommunications, community and digital and rail electrical, mechanical and constructing providers. The overarching function of all Rail & Rail Programs Engineers is to make sure the railway runs easily on a everyday foundation and to offer rail particular engineering data throughout their very own organisation to make sure that is the case. This consists of supporting work regarding the built-in protected design, building, set up, upkeep, renewal, or decommissioning of belongings and gear, to offer a protected and dependable railway.

Key duties can embrace:

  • Planning, processing, upkeep and manufacturing of railway belongings and gear.
  • Rail particular enter to operational processes
  • Taking proactive actions and selections to keep away from railway asset, gear, course of and techniques failures inside their space of affect
  • Working throughout the organisation to establish areas for rail system enchancment
  • Supporting or supervising people and groups within the supply of Rail Engineering and Rail System duties inside their designated self-discipline
  • Offering and sharing specialist data throughout the organisation and making certain that the affect to the railway of any adjustments is recognized.

Typical job titles embrace: Observe Engineer, Rail Civil Engineer, Asset Engineer, Rail Programs Integration Engineer, Rail Mission Engineer, Approvals and Certification Engineer, Lead Sign Design Engineer, Signalling & Management Programs Engineer, Telecomms Engineer, Traction and Rolling Inventory Engineer, Rail Electrification Engineer, Rail Mechanical Engineer and Rail Constructing Providers Engineer.

Core data

Data and understanding of:

Protected and Skilled working practices together with rail particular laws, regulation (e.g. Frequent Security Technique Danger Evaluation(CSM RA)), trade procedures, security and high quality necessities, danger administration and environmental affect of rail building work and rail gear. Conscious of the necessity for compliance with company insurance policies together with sustainability, ethics, equality and variety, and the way to constructively problem non-compliance.

The scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design ideas and practices regarding their space of experience within the context of how the railway works as an built-in, advanced system, together with an appreciation of all specialisms.  Consciousness of the appliance of rail requirements and technique of compliance, incl. documentation administration.

Learn how to contribute successfully to the supply of rail particular engineering options, making use of challenge administration ideas, asset, danger and high quality administration and assurance techniques, processes and strategies. Cognisant of recent technological developments and innovation in rail and the affect on future operation of the railway.

How strategic selections are made together with monetary planning, price range management, industrial impacts, contractual obligations, provide chain administration and useful resource constraints inside a railway / regulated trade.

Drawback fixing and steady enchancment instruments / strategies in a railway context.

How groups work successfully; supporting people/groups to contribute to excessive efficiency inside a security essential sector and understanding how the specialist rail areas hyperlink collectively and their dependencies.

Learn how to appeal to, recruit, develop and retain folks together with organisational change principle and efficiency administration strategies throughout the security essential rail sector.

Approaches to companion, stakeholder and provider relationship administration throughout the rail trade and collaborative working strategies together with negotiation, influencing, and efficient networking inside a railway / regulated trade.

Core Abilities

Can have the flexibility to:

Maintain themselves and others protected by demonstrating protected working practices. Reinforce and adjust to rail particular statutory laws and organisational security necessities, together with competence and protected entry to work areas.  Undertake danger assessments and hazard evaluations utilizing consciousness of railway as an built-in system.

Apply a variety of technical talent units inside their space of experience or self-discipline with a purpose to assist railway analysis, growth, design, procurement, logistics, planning, supply, high quality assurance, inspection, testing, set up, commissioning, upkeep, life cycle administration, decommissioning and environmental compliance.

Ship Rail & Rail Programs Engineering options successfully together with planning, useful resource allocation, and administration and supply to the required specification. Contribute to vary and danger administration processes together with contingency association.  Works in a crew or alone to analyse, interpret and consider information and current the outcomes clearly and concisely.

Present enter to technical, enterprise planning, finance and industrial conferences. Means to ship office shows which can embrace advanced rail technical information to small and medium dimension inside and exterior audiences which can embrace friends, direct reviews, supervisor and purchasers.

Use artistic pondering and downside fixing strategies to problem rail and rail techniques engineering assumptions, make new proposals and construct on present concepts. Use evidence-based strategy for a security essential sector; contributing to steady enchancment.

Lead and assist single self-discipline groups. In a position to work successfully and collaboratively, individually and as a part of a crew. Identifies acceptable mentorship / teaching required for oneself, and helps the event of others by means of mentoring and training. In a position to handle organisational change and apply change administration processes inside a railway / regulated trade.

Handle relationships with a variety of stakeholders. In a position to apply collaborative working strategies. Being conscious of their actions and the affect they might have on others rail specialists, sustaining efficient relationships with colleagues, purchasers, suppliers and the general public.


Communication and influencing expertise, selecting an acceptable means for the viewers and the state of affairs, checking for understanding and contemplating and constructing on concepts of others. Has common communication with friends, direct reviews, managers, and exterior stakeholders aligned to working inside a railway / regulated trade.

Professionalism, dependability, willpower, consistency, resilience, honesty and integrity. Accepts and workouts private accountability inside a security essential sector. Demonstrates respect for others and acts ethically always. Contributes to sustainable growth. Is dedicated to the trade and its skilled requirements.

A self-disciplined, self-motivated and motivational strategy to work, managing time successfully to make sure ranges of dedication are understood and delivered.

Protected working observe, with out shut supervision, to accepted rail trade requirements.  Identifies and takes accountability for personal obligations for well being, security and welfare points. Challenges, escalates and responds to unsafe practices.

Collaborative working, being conscious of their actions and the affect they might have on others, sustaining efficient relationships with rail colleagues, purchasers, suppliers and the general public. Demonstrates efficient crew working, units an instance, and is honest, constant and neutral. Shares data overtly.

A give attention to high quality, selling a tradition of steady enchancment. 

Steady Skilled Improvement; receptive to giving and receiving constructive suggestions, prepared to be taught new expertise and be taught from errors.  Identifies, undertakes and information CPD essential to take care of and improve competence. Maintains and extends a sound theoretical strategy to the appliance of know-how in engineering observe. Stays abreast of the technological developments that may have an effect on the rail trade.


Particular data and expertise

Every of the specialisms is about out beneath. All Apprentices would require the core expertise and data to be mixed with specialist expertise and data to have the ability to function successfully within the outlined function.

Rail Civil Engineering Data & Abilities:

Data – Will know and perceive:

Rail particular civil engineering together with:

The necessities, strategies and strategies for the set up and upkeep of the observe assist and observe basis.

The affect of the railway setting e.g. geotechnics, buildings, bridges, tunnels, embankments, cuttings, vegetation and drainage.

Abilities – Can have a capability to:

 Apply rail civil engineering expertise e.g. structural gauging to assist the efficient efficiency and operation of the enterprise.

Help and supply recommendation to colleagues throughout the Rail Civil Engineering self-discipline solely.

Observe Engineering Data & Abilities:

Data – Will know and perceive:

Observe engineering together with:

Rail observe geometry necessities, results of velocity, wheel/rail interfaces, necessities/ strategies/strategies for set up and upkeep of observe and foundations.

The influences on observe layouts from specific features of the railway setting, e.g. geotechnical,  buildings, bridges, tunnels, embankments, and drainage. 

Abilities – Can have a capability to:

Apply observe engineering expertise e.g. structural gauging to assist the efficient efficiency and operation of the enterprise.

Help and supply recommendation to colleagues throughout the Observe self-discipline solely

Signalling and Management Programs Data & Abilities:

Data – Will know and perceive:

Rail signalling and management techniques engineering together with:

 The necessities, strategies and strategies for protected routing, spacing and management of trains e.g. degraded mode, fastened block signalling, automated prepare safety. Interface with observe belongings and bonding/connections

 Guidelines for the operational interfaces of the railway.

Abilities – Can have a capability to:

Apply rail signalling and management techniques expertise e.g. independence of design, alignment to an working railway, shut out of problem logs.

Produce rail signalling and management options for the railway trade based mostly on recognized and outlined ideas and ideas and new and novel approaches. 


Rail Programs Integration Data & Abilities:

Data – Will know and perceive:

Rail Programs Integration together with:

The tip to finish course of for Rail Programs Integration e.g. necessities administration, challenge interface administration, security within the railway system, assurance processes.

Abilities – Can have a capability to:

Take accountability for helping within the administration and growth of built-in designs that shall preserve or enhance on the prevailing security, reliability, functionality (capability), efficiency, effectivity and maintainability of the railway.

Undertake techniques integration engineering expertise to handle challenge necessities e.g. use necessities software program to establish conflicts. 

Traction and Rolling Inventory Data & Abilities:

Data – Will know and perceive:

The design and software of Traction & Rolling Inventory (T&RS) engineering techniques and the assorted generic varieties of legacy or trendy rolling inventory throughout the entire lifecycle.

 The design ideas utilized in legacy and trendy rolling inventory sorts and their rolling inventory sub-systems throughout or inside their T&RS engineering material space(s) (which can be self-discipline based mostly – e.g. Mechanical, electrical, digital, and so forth. or system based mostly – e.g. Buildings, Doorways, Brakes, traction, Wheel/Rail interface, and so forth. or a mixture of each).

Abilities – Can have a capability to:

Present engineering enter of their chosen specialist space(s) within the context of rolling inventory design, software, alteration, configuration, operation, upkeep and disposal.

Telecoms, Networks and Digital Data & Abilities:

Data – Will know and perceive:

Rail particular Telecoms, Networks and Digital engineering together with:

-The appliance of telecommunication engineering techniques e.g. cell networks, fastened networks and different providers delivered over networks (e.g. CCTV, buyer data techniques)

The working ideas in legacy or trendy rail telecommunication applied sciences (e.g Rail visitors administration techniques)

Abilities – Can have a capability to:

Help telecommunication, community and digital engineering design, software, configuration, operation, upkeep or decommissioning and disposal.


Electrical, Mechanical or Constructing Providers Data & Abilities:

Electrical, Mechanical or Constructing Providers together with: Data –

Thermal imaging, electrical clearance, wiring, bonding and building processes regarding rail gear

Excessive and low voltage distribution techniques, earthing and bonding, isolation and switching, safety and management techniques, energy era and circuit evaluation.

Electrical (e.g. low voltage distribution techniques, emergency energy provide techniques) and mechanical (e.g. heating, air flow, water, fuel provide techniques). Interface with observe belongings and bonding/connections

Abilities – Can have a capability to:

Undertake requirements overview, operational observe, approvals and evaluation of related asset sorts consistent with technical data. 

Entry necessities

Particular person employers will set the choice standards for his or her Apprenticeships along side their chosen supplier(s). Apprentices with out Degree 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to taking the tip level evaluation. For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Degree 3, and British Signal Language {qualifications} are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for these whom that is their main language.


The standard period for this apprenticeship is often 24-30 months relying on the earlier expertise of the apprentice and entry to alternatives to achieve the total vary of competence.

Degree {and professional} recognition

This Apprenticeship Customary is at Degree 5.

This Apprenticeship Customary aligns with the present version of the UK Customary for Skilled Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

The expertise gained and accountability held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship partially contributes to the necessities for IEng.


The Apprenticeship Customary might be reviewed after 3 years.

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