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Job Description

Rail Engineering Technicians are responsible for maintaining, replacing, repairing and testing mechanical, electrical and pneumatic systems on trains.

They carrying out regular maintenance checks on systems such as brakes and couplings and fit out new carriages with upholstery, lighting, control panels and communication systems.

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need experience and qualifications as a mechanical fitter, electrician or craftsperson with a rail engineering company.

You must pass a medical check which tests physical fitness, hearing and eyesight. You may also have an aptitude test to assess your skills.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship. 

Network Rail and Transport for London have more information about this job.

Career Path and Progression

You'll take work-based qualifications in personal track safety, installation, testing and maintenance.

You may work for train operating companies, London Underground, light rail and metro companies, rail freight and leasing firms. Specialist rail engineering maintenance companies are also big employers.

With experience, you could become maintenance team leader or engineering workshop manager.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Lift engineer
  • Rail track maintenance worker
  • Signalling technician
  • Train driver

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

You'll need:

  • a good level of fitness
  • good communication skills
  • the ability to work well as part of a team
  • good problem solving abilities
  • an awareness of health and safety procedures
  • flexibility to be able to cover shifts including weekends

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £35,000

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