Rail Engineering Technician


Designed in partnership with Alstom and Arriva Trains, this apprenticeship provides a route into employment within the rail industry as an engineering technician.

Those working within the occupation of Rail Engineering are responsible for the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of The Railway to provide a safe and reliable railway for customers. The Rail Industry has a high level of safety critical work activities requiring a disciplined and responsible approach.

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What will I study?

A Rail Engineering Technician may work on site or in a depot or in a technical office. Their work could involve:

  • Construction, installation, renewal, enhancement and modification of the railway
  • Fault finding and diagnosis to prevent or address equipment failures
  • Maintenance and replacement of systems and components
  • Functional and operational testing and inspection of the railway using specialist equipment
  • Ensuring assets are installed, replaced or maintained to specification and maintaining required records
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 36 months, block release

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 3 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English and Maths

What qualifications will I gain?

Career options

For Rail Engineering Technicians who have the ability and drive there is a wide range of further development and career progression opportunities within Rail Engineering.

Careers could include:

  • Track Technician
  • Overhead Line Technician
  • Electrification Technician
  • Traction and Rolling Stock Technician
  • Signalling Technician
  • Telecoms Technician
  • Rail Systems Technician