Rail traction and rolling stock engineering apprenticeship

Rail traction and rolling stock engineering apprenticeship

The rail industry is a vibrant and growing means of public and freight transport. It provides a service to customers wanting to travel and to the freight and haulage industry.

The railways are a complex system and one of the key parts is the train. Trains (rolling stock) are made up of traction and passenger carriages for people and locomotives and wagons (for cargo). All must be maintained and repaired so they operate safely and efficiently and the majority of the work happens at night when rolling stock is not required to carry customers.

As an Intermediate Level apprentice you would work as a traction and rolling stock operative, carrying out routine and preventative maintenance of traction and rolling stock assets and associated equipment, dealing with breakdowns and restoring components and systems to serviceable condition by repair and replacement using appropriate tools and equipment

The Advanced Level Rail Traction and Rolling stock Engineering apprenticeship includes elements of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, providing apprentices with the skills, knowledge and motivation needed to help support a safe, efficient and effective railway. As an apprentice you will work as a technician, working as part of a team to inspect traction and rolling stock, find faults and undertake maintenance and renewal work. You will learn to use the appropriate tools and equipment for the task required while ensuring that standards have been met and accurate records kept.

This is a perfect role if you are interested in applying engineering principles, like solving problems, enjoy working in a team and are willing to work shifts. Good dexterity for using a range of hand tools, an understanding of health and safety, and the ability to follow instructions and diagrams are other useful skills.


Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):


Job roles:

Traction and rolling stock operative/technician

Issuing Authority:

Semta – www.semta.org.uk