Level 3 Apprenticeship in

Rail Engineering Technician

This apprenticeship is suitable for employed rail engineers who are interested in developing their technical and professional skills and knowledge.

Rail Engineering Technicians provide technical support to Rail Engineers. The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of “The Railway” (infrastructure and trains); track (including minor works), overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications, traction & rolling stock and rail systems. Apprentices will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline.

You will be trained by specialist staff in our fully equipped workshops to ensure you gain the technical knowledge required for a successful career.

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What will I study?

  • Understanding of vehicle design construction, maintenance and operation.
  • Working knowledge of the traction and rolling stock systems, sub systems and components which include mechanical, electrical, process controller and fluid power equipment. Systems include traction, wheel sets, brakes, train protection, air conditioning and ventilation, customer information, doors, vehicle trim and fittings
  • Able to find, diagnose and correct faults, identify potential faults & defects within electrical circuits and maintain and renew a range of types of traction and rolling stock.
  • Able to use a range of fastenings including crimping and torque correctly.

How long will it take?

  • The typical duration for this apprenticeship is 36 months but this will depend on the previous experience of the apprentice and access to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths
  • Good understanding of IT systems

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Continue to progress within industry or study a degree at university

Career options

Job titles include: Track Technician, Overhead Line Technician, Electrification Technician, Traction & Rolling Stock Technician, Signalling Technician, Telecoms Technician, Rail Systems Technician.