Reference Quantity: ST0497

Particulars of ordinary

Occupation Profile:

A Rail and Rail Techniques Principal Engineer is a senior strategic position and gives {industry} broad management associated to their chosen specialism. Specialisms embody Rail Civils; Rail Observe; Rail Signalling and Management; Rail Techniques & Integration; Rail Traction & Rolling Inventory, Rail Telecoms, Community & Digital; Rail Electrical, Mechanical & Constructing Providers. They’re accountable, and the place acceptable accountable for, defining the scope of the railway associated (standard or excessive velocity)– work to be accomplished inside their specialism. They liaise with {industry} companions past their instant organisation and this may embody different prepare operators and authorities departments. They lead built-in protected design, development, set up, upkeep, renewal, or decommissioning, to supply a protected and dependable railway. They’ve a deep understanding of how their organisation matches into the nationwide railway community and their tasks concerning laws and authorities coverage.

They’re a key resolution maker, influencer and chief who can be proactive to find totally different potential options to issues and figuring out areas for enchancment at a undertaking, organisation or rail {industry} stage. They’re prone to be a subject knowledgeable and the technical lead for his or her organisation or skilled engineering self-discipline with the related accountability for the interactions between rail technical areas and inter-disciplinary and inter-organisational groups. 

They are often liable for:

  • Taking the lead on nationwide railway schemes/tasks referring to their space of experience.
  • The standard, accuracy and well timed supply of labor undertaken by others, for the enterprise and broader areas of affect throughout the {industry}. Assessing and managing complicated rail system dangers and taking proactive actions/selections to keep away from asset, tools, course of and techniques failures throughout the railway, working collaboratively within the {industry}.
  • Main people and groups (typically with complicated interfaces) related to organisational coverage and railway customary setting, or giant scale Rail Engineering tasks and programmes consistent with authorities funded enhancements.

They lead rail and rail techniques engineering groups, typically comprising a number of disparate Engineering disciplines throughout a number of places/worksites.

Typical job roles embody: Principal Railway Techniques Integration Engineer, Head of Observe (Lineside), Principal Electrification Engineer, Head of Rail Constructing Providers, Principal Telecoms Engineer, Principal Modelling Engineer, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Principal Signalling & Management Techniques Engineer, and Principal Traction and Rolling Inventory Engineer.

Core data

Inside standard or excessive velocity rail, may have an in depth and complete understanding of:

The scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design ideas and practices throughout the vast majority of railway engineering disciplines for the supply of design, upkeep, renewal, development and / or decommissioning throughout the railway. Is aware of how the railway works as an built-in, complicated system, and understands technological developments and the way they affect future operation of the railway/methods of working.

Rail and Rail Techniques Engineering innovation and options, together with undertaking administration ideas, asset, knowledge, high quality and threat administration and assurance techniques and enterprise enchancment processes and methods.

Enterprise planning together with: undertaking / scheme sponsorship, detailed monetary planning and authorities rail regulatory funding guidelines, business imperatives, contractual obligations, provide chain administration, and resourcing.

Analysis and growth methodologies knowledgeable by enterprise and knowledge analytics, drawback fixing and structured steady enchancment instruments/methods.

Main groups to work successfully, typically in complicated conditions, throughout a number of disciplines or railway worksites. Understands employment legislation and strategic workforce planning, change administration and transformational management principle/processes.

Approaches to accomplice, stakeholder and provider relationship administration together with negotiation, influencing, and networking. Detailed data of collaborative working methods and find out how to share greatest apply pan-industry. Detailed understanding of battle decision and stakeholder engagement, notably associated to railway regulation/funding guidelines.

Core Abilities

May have the power to:

Preserve themselves and others protected by implementing and main on protected working practices on the railway. Promote and champion inside areas of affect compliance with statutory rail laws and organisational security necessities, together with competence and protected entry to work places.  Lead threat evaluation workshops and hazard opinions.

Lead worth engineering and entire life costing; figuring out assets and value choices together with draft railway specs, idea or detailed designs.

Ship rail and rail techniques engineering options together with planning, useful resource allocation, administration and supply to rail {industry} specs, taking strategic selections, and important judgements knowledgeable by change and threat administration priorities commensurate with one’s technical authority (e.g. being the specifier of the usual).

Lead Senior Administration / Government conferences reporting on technical and monetary points. Delivers interactive displays, speaking rail technical and enterprise knowledge. In a position to ship papers to technical and non-technical inner and exterior conferences. Could also be an advisor on rail technical content material to skilled displays.

Strategically contribute to long-term rail enterprise planning inside and past the organisation. In a position to make risk-based selections knowledgeable by enterprise efficiency shaping components, e.g. finance, business, contractual, together with the influence of organisational change and alter administration.

Have interaction within the inventive and progressive growth of railway engineering know-how and structured steady enchancment instruments and methods. Lead analysis and growth for rail merchandise, providers or processes. 

Lead a number of, multi-disciplinary, excessive performing groups. Delegate difficult duties. Identifies acceptable mentorship / teaching required consistent with expertise administration /succession planning, knowledgeable by strategic workforce plans and regulatory necessities.

Work collaboratively being conscious of private and workforce actions and impacts on others. Creating and sustaining efficient relationships with rail colleagues, shoppers, suppliers and the general public inside their stage of affect e.g. authorities, regulator, cross-industry, academia, {and professional} establishments. Lead multi-company or multi-discipline groups.


Will display:

Communication and influencing abilities, selecting acceptable media to swimsuit the viewers and state of affairs; influencing outcomes. Leads excessive stage communication exercise together with Authorities, rail regulators, stakeholders and consultant teams e.g. Unions.

Professionalism, dependability, dedication, consistency, resilience, honesty and integrity. Respects others, acts ethically and contributes to sustainable growth. Demonstrates management and followership, being a task mannequin throughout the rail {industry}.

A proactive self-disciplined, self-motivated and motivational strategy to work, demonstrating continued resilience to set backs and railway operational challenges.

Secure working practices, to permitted rail {industry} requirements, and guaranteeing others do likewise. Identifies and take duty for obligations for well being, security and welfare points. Creates a tradition of security the place that is everybody’s duty always.

Collaborative working that results in a tradition the place persons are conscious of their actions and the influence they could have on others inside a railway/regulated surroundings.

Steady Skilled Improvement, giving and receiving constructive suggestions, creating an surroundings for lifelong studying. Maintains and extends a sound theoretical strategy to the applying of know-how in rail engineering apply recognising technological, political, and financial developments affecting the {industry}.

Particular Information & Abilities

Every of the specialisms is ready out under. All Apprentices would require the core abilities and data to be mixed with one specialist space’s abilities and data to have the ability to function successfully within the outlined position.

Rail Civil Engineering Information & Abilities:

Information – Will know and have a complete understanding and expertise of:

  • The necessities, strategies and methods for the set up and upkeep of the observe assist and observe basis.
  • The influence of the railway surroundings e.g. geotechnics, constructions, bridges, tunnels, embankments, cuttings, vegetation and drainage.
  • The built-in system strategy required e.g. interfaces between the bodily rail constructions and belongings to make sure trains stay throughout the swept and kinematic envelope.

Abilities – May have a capability to:

  • Lead the definition of undertaking, enterprise and technical wants, contemplating the entire drawback and related dangers to ship from idea by means of to profitable operation. 
  • Present knowledgeable rail particular civil engineering judgement to make sure all engineering tasks are assured and built-in, inside monetary targets, protected, threat assessed and delivered to focused deadlines and necessities.
  • Lead the availability of knowledgeable technical recommendation and enter, together with growth of rail Civil Engineering insurance policies, requirements, specs and technique of compliance and assurance.
  • Sponsor analysis; undertake design/growth of progressive rail engineering options.

Observe Engineering Information & Abilities:

Information – Will know and have a complete understanding and expertise of:

  • The applying of observe requirements e.g. Eurocodes, TSIs and {industry} norms.
  • Rail supplies and componentry e.g. development materials strengths and grades, parts and proprietary parts (e.g. bearings, sleepers, rail and so on.) 
  • Rail observe geometry necessities and influences of observe layouts from explicit facets of the railway surroundings, e.g. geotechnical, constructions, bridges, tunnels, embankments, cuttings, vegetation and drainage together with related methods (e.g. rail milling, grinding and stone blowing)

Abilities – May have a capability to:

  • Apply observe engineering skill-sets in a variety of environments/settings e.g. railway tunnelling, to assist the efficient efficiency and operation of the enterprise, together with understanding and utility of acceptable methods for upkeep, development, and momentary works speaking findings to affected events. 
  • Lead the availability of knowledgeable technical recommendation and enter, together with growth of rail observe insurance policies, requirements, specs and technique of compliance and assurance.
  • Lead the definition of undertaking, enterprise and technical wants, contemplating the entire drawback and its related dangers for observe engineering.
  • Present knowledgeable rail engineering judgement to make sure tasks are assured and built-in, inside price range, protected, threat assessed and delivered to deadlines and necessities.

Signalling and management techniques Information & Abilities:

Information – Will know and have a complete understanding and expertise of:

Rail signalling and rail management techniques engineering together with:

  • Fail-safe ideas and threat administration and the way that impacts and shapes rail signalling and management techniques e.g. threat, designer, fault tree evaluation, hazard logs and so on.  Interface with observe belongings and bonding/connections
  • Operational guidelines for the railways and the way signalling and management techniques function inside these parameters e.g. how techniques are initiated, applied, delivered, upgraded and decommissioned.

Abilities – May have a capability to:

  • Lead implementation of requirements, procedures or necessities inside a undertaking or for outlined duties together with inside a broader subject e.g. nationwide or international.
  • Produce rail signalling and management options for the railway {industry} primarily based on identified and outlined ideas and ideas and new and novel approaches together with main interdisciplinary opinions and figuring out higher approach of working e.g. automation / tooling.

Rail Techniques Integration Information & Abilities:

Information – Will know and have a complete understanding and expertise of:

Rail Techniques Integration together with:

  • The right way to lead the top to finish course of for Rail Techniques Integration e.g. necessities administration, undertaking interface administration, security within the railway system, verification, validation and assurance processes, and undertaking migration (i.e. into different facets of the system).

Abilities – May have a capability to:

  • Take duty for main the event of built-in designs that shall preserve or enhance on the present security, reliability, functionality (capability), efficiency, effectivity and maintainability of the railway.
  • Ship nationwide rail tasks inside specified time scales and programme budgets, to specified high quality and contractual necessities, figuring out and addressing any related dangers with adherence to authorities necessities.
  • Present strategic oversight of the sensible utility of techniques integration throughout a spread of sponsored programmes to keep away from conflicts between a number of stakeholders/worksite.

Traction and Rolling Inventory Information & Abilities:

Information – Will know and have a complete understanding and expertise of:

  • The design ideas utilized in Rail Traction & Rolling Inventory (T&RS) engineering techniques and the varied generic sorts of legacy or fashionable rolling inventory in a railway surroundings throughout the entire rolling inventory lifecycle. 

Abilities – May have a capability to:

  • Lead groups to develop, produce, alter, overview and approve detailed specs related to new or altered rail traction and rolling inventory belongings.
  • Acquire and retain related rail {industry} particular technical accreditation/ licences relevant to position.
  • Offering rail engineering management and strategic considering within the context of rail design, utility, alteration, configuration, operation, upkeep and disposal of traction and rolling inventory.

Telecoms, Networks and Digital Information & Abilities:

Information – Will know and have a complete understanding and expertise of:

  • Rail associated Telecoms, Networks and Digital engineering together with:
  • Railway particular telecommunication engineering techniques e.g. cell networks, mounted networks and different providers delivered over networks (e.g. CCTV, buyer prepare time data techniques) and the potential impacts of safety breaches e.g. cyber safety and the integrity of techniques and knowledge.
  • The working ideas in legacy or fashionable rail telecommunication applied sciences together with energy provides and electrical techniques.
  • The bodily interfaces between railway belongings and optimisation processes e.g. reliability.
  • Immunisation e.g. that related to stopping electrical interference. 

Abilities – May have a capability to:

  • Help railway telecommunication, community and digital engineering design, utility, configuration, operation, upkeep or decommissioning and disposal.
  • Undertake firm requirements overview and growth as a chosen material knowledgeable throughout the self-discipline.
  • Acquire / retain rail {industry} particular technical accreditation/ licences relevant to position.

Electrical, Mechanical or Constructing Providers Information & Abilities:

Information – Will know and have a complete understanding and expertise of:

Electrical, Mechanical or Constructing Providers together with:

  • The bodily and techniques interfaces between electrical, digital and mechanical belongings and techniques and different facets of the railway and working necessities, implications and constraints of those.  Interface with observe belongings and bonding/connections.
  • Asset reliability, availability, maintainability inside outlined security parameters. 
  • Key accountabilities related to laws and requirements e.g. electrical energy at work, constructing laws, strain techniques security directive, F-gas laws and so on.

Abilities – May have a capability to:

  • Lead groups to undertake rail requirements overview, operational apply, approvals and evaluation of related asset sorts consistent with technical data.
  • Undertake techniques reliability engineering and monitoring related to railway asset sorts.
  • Approve and certify electrical and mechanical and constructing providers belongings, as acceptable throughout the outlined security laws e.g. constructing laws.

Entry Necessities

Particular person employers will set the choice standards for his or her apprenticeships along side their chosen supplier(s).


English & Maths

Apprentices with out stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to taking the Finish-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. A British Signal Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative choice to the English qualification for these whose major language is BSL.

Different necessary {qualifications}

A Masters Diploma aligned to the content material of the apprenticeship occupational customary. (The Grasp’s diploma should include 180 credit, 120 delivered on-programme and 60 by means of the EPA.)

Degree: 7 (built-in diploma)

Degree and Skilled Recognition

This Apprenticeship Customary is at Degree 7.

This Apprenticeship Customary aligns with the present version of the UK Customary for Skilled Engineering Competence (UK SPEC). The expertise gained and duty held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will permit them to work in the direction of skilled registration at Chartered Engineer (CEng) stage.


Sometimes 48–54 months.


The Apprenticeship Customary can be reviewed after 3 years.

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