Railway engineering design technician apprenticeship

Railway engineering design technician apprenticeship

Railway engineering design technicians provide technical support to the engineers who design infrastructure and systems for railways.

The engineering disciplines involved include signalling, track, systems, civil engineering, communications, electrification and electrical plant. It is likely that many technicians will specialise in a particular discipline, while others will have a broader skills base.

A railway engineering design technician’s work could involve:

  • Design – surveying a site, producing engineering drawings and models, assisting the development of technical solutions and production of calculations.
  • Analysis – use of software systems for data gathering, analysis and design.
  • Planning – helping to manage projects, set deadlines for the design of the project and working to a programme.
  • Site engineering – taking responsibility for checking the progress and quality of specified technical aspects of construction work on site.

You will support the administration and management of projects and help to ensure that outputs meet the required standards set by clients and the industry. You will work as a member of a team in both an office and an on-site environment.

The apprenticeship will typically take 36 months to complete. Upon completion you will be eligible for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant professional engineering institution and will have gained many skills that will enable you to progress further in your career as an engineer.

Most employers will expect you to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*–C including maths (grade B), English and science or their equivalent.


Level 3 (Advanced)

Starting salary:

Starting salary for the apprenticeship is £200–£250 per week. Salaries vary enormously upon completion.

Job role:

Railway engineering design technician

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