Reference Quantity: ST0496

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational Profile:

A Rail and Rail Programs Senior Engineer is an operational management function; somebody who can take accountability for individuals and the work in hand inside a traditional or excessive velocity railway context. They’ve experience in one of many following disciplines: Rail Civils; Rail Monitor; Rail Signalling & Management; Rail Programs & Integration; Rail Traction & Rolling Inventory; Rail Telecommunications, Community and Digital; or Rail Electrical, Mechanical or Constructing Providers. They lead individuals or processes in one in all these distinct areas in duties reminiscent of managing built-in secure design, building, set up, upkeep, renewal, or decommissioning. All with the intention of offering a secure and dependable railway.

Their work would require a deep information and understanding of how the railway works as an built-in, complicated system from an operational perspective. They’re skilled engineers with rail and rail techniques technical engineering abilities which they apply in a broad vary of administration and management actions. They’re accountability for their very own work and others.

They are often chargeable for actions reminiscent of:

  • The event of labor proposals that correctly describe the rail engineering necessities, scope and operational efficiency targets
  • Strong challenges to/from colleagues, making use of their particular rail experience, so as to monitor and handle the enterprise and technical remit and thereby optimise outcomes.
  • Handle all rail engineering and growth actions in order that they’re reasonably priced and secure.
  • The standard, accuracy and well timed supply of labor in a railway/security essential context; proactively figuring out options to issues and areas for enchancment.
  • Making use of their experience in a regulated sector to evaluate and handle danger to keep away from railway asset, gear, course of and techniques failures.

They might work in a technical workplace, remotely or railway operational/engineering worksites

Typical job roles embrace: Senior Monitor Engineer, Senior Signalling & Management Programs Engineer, Senior Rail Civil Engineer, Simulation Programs Engineer, Senior Rail Mechanical Engineer, Rail Plant Engineer, Senior Rail Programs Integration Engineer, Senior Telecoms Engineer, Lead Programs Engineer, Senior Traction and Rolling Inventory Engineer, Senior Electrification Engineer.

Core Data

Inside typical or excessive velocity rail, a deep understanding of:

Secure {and professional} working practices together with rail particular laws, regulation [e.g. Common Safety Method Risk Assessment (CSM RA), CDM and Systems Integration and Requirements Management], trade procedures, security and high quality necessities, danger administration and environmental impacts. A radical understanding of the necessity for compliance with company insurance policies together with sustainability, ethics, equality, variety, and human components, and a capability to constructively problem non-compliance.

The scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design ideas and practices throughout the railway engineering self-discipline, and for one particular self-discipline a deep understanding of how the railway features as an built-in, complicated system. Conscious of recent technological developments within the sector and their influence on future rail operations.

How you can successfully handle the supply of  engineering options inside a railway/regulated sector, and determine new improvements and methods of working and rail innovation, challenge administration ideas, asset, information, high quality and danger administration and assurance techniques, and enterprise enchancment processes and methods.

Enterprise planning, together with monetary planning (forecasts and budgets and operational/enterprise efficiency utilizing quite a lot of analytical methods), business impacts, contractual obligations, provide chain administration, logistics and useful resource constraints.

Analysis methodologies, information analytics, downside fixing, steady enchancment.

Staff and function concept and the event of excessive performing groups and people. Have a great understanding of appeal to, recruit, develop and retain individuals within the sector, together with efficiency administration methods and succession planning.  A radical information {of professional} and railway legislative working practices and the impacts and advantages of those. Understanding of organisational change administration and its historical past within the rail sector, transformational management concept and processes.

Collaborative working methods e.g. sharing greatest follow, together with an understanding of battle decision, and associate, stakeholder and provider relationship administration together with negotiation, influencing, and efficient networking inside a regulated enterprise.

Core Abilities

Inside typical or excessive velocity rail, can have the flexibility to:

Hold themselves and others secure by implementing and managing secure working practices and difficult unsafe practices. Promote and adjust to railway/statutory laws and organisational or challenge security necessities, together with competence and secure entry to railway websites.  Undertake and handle danger assessments / hazard opinions.

Assist the technical enter to the event of railway requirements, specs and technique of compliance; contribute to design/growth of engineering options.

Handle worth engineering and entire life costing; evaluating info from various sources to develop, take a look at and value choices: drafting rail specs or detailed designs.

Ship rail and rail techniques engineering options successfully together with planning, useful resource allocation and administration and supply to rail trade specs. Handle change and danger, monitor work, and make selections and complicated essential judgements. 

Contribute to and attend Senior Administration and Government conferences and report on each complicated technical and monetary points each verbally and in writing.

Handle monetary techniques, forecasts and budgets and operational / enterprise efficiency utilizing quite a lot of analytical methods. Capable of contribute to business and contractual opinions inside a railway/regulated trade.

Use proof primarily based approaches to downside fixing and choice making. Handle and contribute to railway analysis and growth of merchandise and processes with cross-disciplinary collaboration. Conduct statistically sound appraisal of knowledge, making use of root trigger evaluation, and utilizing proof drawn from greatest follow to enhance effectiveness.

Lead /handle multi-disciplinary groups to successfully delegate duties, figuring out applicable mentorship and training required, consistent with expertise administration and succession planning. Capable of apply change administration processes.

Work successfully and collaboratively, individually and as a part of a crew, being conscious of non-public actions and the influence they could have on others. Develop and keep efficient relationships with rail colleagues, purchasers, suppliers and the general public at their degree of affect [e.g. rail industry, local authority, and suppliers].


Will reveal:

Communication and influencing abilities, selecting applicable communication media to go well with the viewers and scenario, checking for understanding, and think about and construct on concepts of others to affect outcomes. Demonstrates and promotes common communication with rail colleagues, purchasers, the general public and different stakeholders.

Professionalism, dependability, dedication, consistency, resilience, honesty and integrity. Will respect others, act ethically and contribute to sustainable growth of the railway. Acts as an envoy/function mannequin for his or her skilled self-discipline.

A proactive self-disciplined, self-motivated and motivational strategy to work.

Secure working practices, to accredited rail trade requirements, and ensures others do likewise. Identifies and takes accountability for personal obligations for well being, security and welfare points. Demonstrates security management always.

Collaborative working and actively engages others in doing so. Is conscious of non-public actions and influence they could have on others, sustaining efficient relationships with rail colleagues, purchasers, suppliers and the general public; typically a key consultant of the corporate.

A high quality focus, selling steady enchancment/totally different methods [e.g. Lean].

Steady Skilled Improvement, giving and receiving constructive suggestions, and prepared to be taught new abilities and alter to alter. Identifies, undertakes, and information CPD essential to keep up and increase railway competences. Maintains and extends a sound theoretical strategy to the applying of expertise in rail engineering follow recognising technological, political, and financial developments affecting the trade.

Particular Data & Abilities

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

Rail Civil Engineering Data & Abilities:

Data – will know and have a deep understanding and expertise of:

Rail particular civil engineering together with:

  • The necessities, strategies and methods for the set up and upkeep of the rail observe help and observe basis.
  • The influence of the railway atmosphere e.g. geotechnics, buildings, bridges, tunnels, embankments, cuttings, vegetation and drainage, and such interfaces as happen between the bodily railway property and techniques.

Abilities – can have the flexibility to:

  • Apply civil engineering abilities e.g. geotechnics to help the efficient efficiency and operation of the enterprise.
  • Present knowledgeable recommendation and management particular to the Rail Civils self-discipline, however cognisant of how the railway works as an built-in, complicated system.
  • Apply and handle a variety of Rail Civils skill-sets e.g. geotechnics, buildings, bridges, tunnels, embankments, cuttings, vegetation and drainage so as to help and handle analysis, growth, design, procurement, logistics, planning, supply, high quality assurance, inspection, testing, set up, commissioning, upkeep, life cycle administration, decommissioning and environmental compliance.

Monitor Engineering Data & Abilities:

Data – will know and have a deep understanding and expertise of:

  • Rail observe engineering together with:
  • The applying of rail observe requirements e.g. Eurocodes, TSIs and trade norms.
  • Supplies used within the railway e.g. suitability, energy, properties, plastics, timbers and so forth.
  • Railway geometry necessities and influences of observe layouts from explicit points of the railway atmosphere, e.g. geotechnical, buildings, bridges, tunnels, embankments, chopping, vegetation and drainage. 

Abilities – can have the flexibility to:

  • Apply and handle a variety of observe engineering skill-sets e.g. surveying for observe design (for heavy rail and lightweight rail initiatives) to help the efficient efficiency and operation of the enterprise.
  • Present knowledgeable recommendation particular to the observe self-discipline, however cognisant of how the railway works as an built-in, complicated system. 

Signalling and management techniques Data & Abilities:

Data – will know and have a deep understanding and expertise of:

Rail Signalling and management techniques engineering together with:

  • The necessities, strategies and methods and related applied sciences together with bespoke rail telecommunications for secure routing, spacing and management of prepare’s e.g.  Fail secure ideas, sign level failure, degraded mode, mounted block signalling, and computerized prepare safety. Interface with observe property and bonding/connections.
  • Operational guidelines for the railways and the way signalling and management techniques function inside these parameters.

Abilities – can have the flexibility to:

  • Apply rail signalling and management techniques abilities e.g. independence of design checking and verification, assessing danger, handle interdisciplinary opinions.
  • Produce rail signalling and management options for the railway trade primarily based on identified and outlined ideas and ideas and new and novel rail administration system approaches. 

Rail Programs Integration Data & Abilities:

Data – will know and have a deep understanding and expertise of:

  • Rail Programs Integration together with:
  • The top to finish course of for Rail Programs Integration e.g. necessities administration, challenge interface administration, security within the railway system, verification, validation and assurance processes. 

Abilities – can have the flexibility to:

  • Take accountability for managing the event of built-in designs that shall keep or enhance on the present security, reliability, functionality (capability), efficiency, effectivity and maintainability of the railway.
  • Undertake techniques integration engineering abilities consistent with necessary firm and shopper procedures, and related nationwide / worldwide laws e.g. interoperability.

Traction and Rolling Inventory Data & Abilities:

Data – will know and have a deep understanding and expertise of:

  • The design and software of rail associated Traction & Rolling Inventory (T&RS) engineering techniques and the assorted generic varieties of legacy or fashionable rolling inventory in a railway atmosphere throughout the entire rolling inventory lifecycle. 
  • The working ideas and interfaces utilized in legacy and fashionable rolling inventory varieties and their rolling inventory sub-systems throughout or inside their T&RS engineering material space(s) (which can be self-discipline primarily based – e.g. Mechanical, electrical, digital, and so forth. or system primarily based – e.g. Constructions, Doorways, Brakes, traction, Wheel/Rail interface, and so forth. or a mixture of each).

Abilities – can have the flexibility to:

  • Develop, produce, alter, evaluate and approve detailed specs related to new or altered traction and rolling inventory property.
  • Receive and retain related rail trade particular technical accreditation/ licences relevant to function.

Telecoms, Networks and Digital Data & Abilities:

Data – will know and have a deep understanding and expertise of:

  • Telecoms, Networks and Digital engineering together with:
  • The applying of telecommunication engineering techniques e.g. rail associated cell networks, mounted networks and different companies delivered over networks (e.g. CCTV, rail particular buyer info techniques)
  • The working ideas in legacy or fashionable rail particular telecommunication applied sciences.
  • The bodily interfaces between property and optimisation processes e.g. reliability.

Abilities – can have the flexibility to:

  • Assist rail telecommunication, community and digital engineering design, software, configuration, operation, upkeep or decommissioning and disposal.
  • Undertake firm requirements evaluate and growth as a chosen material knowledgeable throughout the self-discipline.

Electrical, Mechanical or Constructing Providers Data & Abilities:

Data – will know and have a deep understanding and expertise of:

Electrical, Mechanical or Constructing Providers associated to the railways together with:

  • The bodily and techniques interfaces between electrical, digital and mechanical rail property and techniques and different points of the railway and working necessities, implications and constraints of those.  Interface with observe property and bonding/connections.
  • Asset reliability, availability, maintainability inside outlined security parameters. 

Abilities – can have the flexibility to:

  • Undertake requirements evaluate, operational follow, approvals and evaluation of related rail asset varieties consistent with technical information.
  • Approve and certify rail associated electrical and mechanical and constructing companies property, as applicable throughout the outlined security laws e.g. constructing laws.

Entry Necessities

Particular person employers will set the choice standards for his or her Apprenticeships at the side of their chosen supplier(s). Apprentices with out Stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this degree previous to taking the top 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 Stage 3, and British Signal Language {qualifications} are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for thosewhom that is their main language.


The standard length for this apprenticeship is often 36-42 months relying on the earlier expertise of the apprentice and entry to alternatives to achieve the total vary of competence.

Stage and Skilled Recognition

This Apprenticeship Customary is at Stage 6.

This Apprenticeship Customary aligns with the present version of the UK Customary for Skilled Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) at Integrated Engineering (IEng) degree. The expertise gained and accountability held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will both wholly or partially fulfill the necessities for IEng.


The Apprenticeship Customary will probably be reviewed after 3 years.

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