Rail track maintenance workers inspect and repair railway tracks, bridges, tunnels, gates, signals, stations and viaducts.
They use hand tools, pneumatic drills and welding equipment and for major repairs and laying new track - heavy machinery.
You'll usually start as a trainee with a rail track maintenance company. You may not need formal qualifications but GCSEs including maths and English may be useful.
Experience in construction or engineering and mechanical and maintenance engineering qualifications can also help.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship with Network Rail or Transport for London.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could be promoted to supervisor or team leader. With further training, you could become a track inspector, engineering technician, track designer or manager.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Signalling technician
- Rail engineering 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.
- Good level of fitness
- Good communication skills
- 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
£18,000 to £34,000