Rail Engineering Technician


Designed in partnership with Bombardier 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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Level 3 Apprenticeship

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 – 6 blocks of 2 weeks throughout each of the 3 years

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 & Rolling Stock Technician
  • Signalling Technician
  • Telecoms Technician
  • Rail Systems Technician
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If you are:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) your training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) you training funded from your employers Digital Apprenticeship Service  Account

*small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive


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How do I apply?

If you have an employer and you would like to apply for an apprenticeship you can apply now online. You can also view our live vacancies or complete an online enquiry form and a member of the apprenticeship team will contact you.

For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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