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Occupational Profile

Rail Engineering Technicians present technical help to Rail Engineers. The engineering disciplines cowl the next areas of “The Railway” (infrastructure and trains); observe (together with minor works), overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications, traction & rolling inventory and rail techniques. Apprentices will undertake the core studying and in addition specialize in one explicit self-discipline.

These working throughout the occupation of Rail Engineering are liable for the protected development, set up, upkeep and renewal of The Railway to supply a protected and dependable railway for purchasers. The Rail Business has a excessive degree of security essential work actions requiring a disciplined and accountable method.

Job titles embody: Observe Technician, Overhead Line Technician, Electrification Technician, Traction & Rolling Inventory Technician, Signalling Technician, Telecoms Technician, Rail Programs Technician.

A Rail Engineering Technician may go on web site or in a depot or in a technical workplace. Their work may contain:

  • Development, set up, renewal, enhancement and modification of The Railway.
  • Fault discovering and analysis to forestall or tackle gear failures.
  • Upkeep and substitute of techniques and elements.
  • Purposeful and operational testing and inspection of The Railway utilizing specialist gear.
  • Making certain property are put in, changed or maintained to specification and sustaining required information.

For these Rail Engineering Technicians who’ve the flexibility and drive there’s a variety of additional growth and profession development alternatives inside Rail Engineering.

Particular person employers will set the choice standards for his or her Apprenticeships. Employers who recruit candidates with out English or Maths at Grade C or above should be certain that the candidate achieves a Degree 2 equal customary previous to taking the top level evaluation.

Core Data

Inside a Rail context all Rail Engineering Technicians must find out about:

Safe and Skilled working practices together with laws, regulation, business procedures and security necessities.

The scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design ideas which can be required to help the upkeep, renewal and development of The Railway.

The right way to work successfully and contribute to engineering options and innovation together with understanding and making use of drawback fixing methods and diagnostics, undertaking planning and administration, time administration and high quality administration and assurance techniques.

The significance of third celebration necessities and consumer confidentiality and the necessity to perceive and cling to company insurance policies on ethics, equality and variety.

How the railway works commercially together with contractual ideas and implications.

Core Abilities

Inside a Rail context all Rail Engineering Technicians want to have the ability to:

Maintain themselves and others protected by adhering to protected working practices. Perceive and adjust to statutory laws and organisational security necessities, together with protected entry to work areas.

Plan a excessive customary of technical work: Gathering and decoding info together with drawings, plans, schedules wanted for the event of rail engineering exercise planning; Detailed inspection and efficiency & situation evaluation of property; Plan work to be undertaken together with the suitable sources.

Ship a excessive customary of technical work: Undertake engineering actions in relation to upkeep, development / set up and or renewal of property. Full integrity & compliance checks on personal work, instigate testing and establish the place impartial testing is required. Switch accountability of property as soon as work has been accomplished. Supervise their very own work and that of others.

Solve issues: Determine issues and apply a structured method and applicable strategies to drawback fixing and analysis.

Manage sources together with the right utilisation and storage of instruments, supplies and gear, and the lifting and transferring of supplies, elements and gear.

Talk successfully. Use oral, written, digital and IT based mostly strategies and techniques for the correct communication, reporting & recording of technical and different info, utilizing right phrases, requirements, templates and certifications.

Specific Data & Abilities

As well as, for the self-discipline they’re following, Technicians may have the next particular data and abilities concerning totally different methods and strategies used to assemble, set up, keep and renew The Railway.

Track. Understanding of: observe geometry together with observe gauge, alignment, elevation, curvature and observe floor and the influence of practice wheels; the necessities, strategies and methods for the set up and upkeep of the observe (rail, fastenings, sleepers) and the load bearing capability of the observe basis; the influence of the railway surroundings e.g. tunnels, embankments, vegetation and drainage. In a position to undertake detailed inspection and analyse the efficiency and situation of observe and the place applicable conductor rail techniques, diagnose and proper faults and to make use of observe particular plant and gear.

Electrification. Know how one can and be capable to work to excessive and low voltage energy guidelines, isolation and earthing of AC/DC electrical techniques at totally different voltages and frequencies, reinstating energy provides by native and guide switching. Engaged on stay battery & inverter techniques. Perceive and handle and keep harmonic & energy high quality techniques, transformer rectifiers, motor mills and transformers, DC traction breakers, safety and SCADA management techniques & different substation plant. Data of compressed air techniques and energy technology.

Overhead Traces. Data of excavation, floor works, totally different ‘piling’ strategies and foundations. Perceive development design and bonding layouts, electrical clearance, insulation set up wiring and dangers round radial load and proper methodology. Capacity to erect various kinds of overhead line buildings, pre fabrication and set up of major construction and small half steelwork, operating of wiring techniques together with sectioning, insulation, registration and in- span elements and the set up, enhancement and renewal of earthing and bonding. In a position to make use of lifting and entry gear whereas working at heights.

Signalling. Understanding and software of security integrity and basic signalling ideas as utilized to coach management techniques, the various varieties of sign management and the signalling symbols and alphabet utilized in signalling design drawings. Apply set up & upkeep methods and processes together with wiring, cable entry necessities & terminations, adjustment of signalling property, find and exchange elements and strategies for sign part dealing with engaged on remoted and stay signalling gear. Undertake integrity checks and perform testing of elements and gear, writing check plans in accordance with specs.

Telecoms. Understanding telecoms ideas and related working procedures for railway communication and data techniques (and techniques interfaces) together with optical networks, passenger alarm, buyer info, CCTV and wi-fi networks. Set up, upkeep restore and testing of telecoms and transmission techniques, gear and elements together with fibre optics and copper supplies. Perceive the varieties of operational constraints when finishing up telecoms set up and upkeep actions.

Trmotion & Rolling Inventory. Understanding of auto design, development, upkeep and operation. Working data of the traction and rolling inventory techniques, sub techniques and elements which embody mechanical, electrical, course of controller and fluid energy gear. Programs embody traction, wheel units, brakes, practice safety, air con and air flow, buyer info, doorways, automobile trim and fittings Capable of finding, diagnose and proper faults, establish potential faults & defects inside electrical circuits and keep and renew a variety of varieties of traction and rolling inventory. In a position to make use of a variety of fastenings together with crimping and torque accurately.

Rail Programs. It is a specialism in its personal proper and requires data and abilities from throughout the rail engineering disciplines above to have the ability to present technical help and course throughout various disciplines together with site visitors administration techniques, new practice management techniques, wheel/rail interface, distant situation monitoring and the necessities of a digital railway.


All Rail Engineering Technicians are anticipated to reveal the next behaviours:

  • Act professionally demonstrating dependability, willpower, honesty and integrity. Respect others, act ethically and contribute to sustainable growth.
  • Be danger conscious in order to cut back dangers by means of systematic monitoring and checking of data, focus on the duty, and consciousness of fixing circumstances on exercise.
  • Show a self-disciplined, self-motivated, proactive method to work, in a position to make impartial selections while understanding one’s limitations and when to ask for assist or to escalate.
  • Worokay reliably and safely, typically with out shut supervision, to accepted business requirements and protected working practices.
  • Worokay successfully and effectively, individually and as a part of a staff, sustaining efficient relationships with colleagues, purchasers, suppliers and the general public.
  • Receptive to suggestions, prepared to be taught new abilities and alter to alter. Figuring out, finishing up and recording CPD needed to keep up and improve competence.
  • Prepared to make a private dedication to their employer, the business and its skilled requirements.


  • Degree 3 Rail Engineering (Competence)
  • Degree 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Data)


The standard length for this apprenticeship is 36 months however it will depend upon the earlier expertise of the apprentice and entry to alternatives to realize the total vary of competence.

Level and Skilled Registration

It is a Degree 3 Apprenticeship. On completion the apprentice may have glad the necessities for registration as an Engineering Technician by the related Skilled Engineering Establishments.


The Apprenticeship Commonplace can be reviewed after 3 years.

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