Railway tracks

Rail Engineering Technician

Improving the railway infrastructure that people rely on for reliable train journeys

How this role makes a difference

In the UK we have a large network of trains and railway tracks that run up, down and across the country. Millions of people rely on trains to take them to work every day, to visit friends and family, and to take them on holiday.

There are many components to the rail network. The main infrastructure includes railway stations, trains and tracks, overhead lines, and signalling and telecommunications systems. A rail engineering technician helps to repair and maintain several elements. You could be the technician who helps railway journeys to run without a hitch, making sure people reach their destination safely, comfortably, and on time.

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Constructing and updating parts of the railway network
  • Monitoring infrastructure and finding faults
  • Diagnosing the reasons for failures and completing fixes
  • Using hand and power tools, including welding kit
  • Repairing and replacing parts
  • Helping to build new carriages and engines
  • Testing equipment
  • Maintaining records and writing reports
Useful skills
Attention to detail
Useful skills
Useful skills
Problem solving
Useful skills
Communicating complex ideas

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

Over time you will pick up a range of skills in testing, maintenance, installation, and safety, and could progress to a management position, such as a maintenance team leader or engineering workshop manager.

You might decide you want to focus on vehicle engineering or move into consultancy, working for an engineering firm that helps to design and project manage the delivery of new railways.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:  

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

As well as maintaining existing railway tracks and trains, you could be involved in restoring vintage train vehicles. There are also several new railway lines being planned which involve more energy-efficient vehicles and complex engineering projects.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

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

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