A rail engineering manager is responsible for leading and implementing engineering design work for rail projects. They assess the skills and specifications required, and then oversee business operations to ensure that project briefs are followed and implemented accurately.
Typical hours per week
40 - 42
How to become a rail engineering manager
There are several routes to becoming a rail engineering manager. You could complete a university or college course, a degree apprenticeship, or on-the-job training to gain the skills required.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To become a rail engineering manager, you could complete an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in civil engineering, specialising in rail engineering.
After graduating, you may be able to apply for a position on a rail company’s graduate training scheme to gain workplace experience as a rail engineer.
You’ll need :
College / training provider
You could complete a course through a specialist training provider to start you on your journey to becoming a rail engineering manager.
Relevant courses include :
You'll usually need :
You could complete a rail technician advanced apprenticeship to gain the skills necessary to become a rail engineering manager.
Network Rail or Transport for London may offer opportunities to train in this field.
For an advanced apprenticeship you’ll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have experience as a rail engineer, you could complete on-the-job training to further your skills and enable you to apply directly to a rail company to become a rail engineering manager.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a rail engineering manager.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a rail engineering manager include :
What does a rail engineering manager do?
As a rail engineering manager, you will be responsible for leading and coordinating a team of rail engineers and overseeing business operations relating to transport projects.
The role of a rail engineering manager may involve the following duties :
How much could you earn as a rail engineering manager?
The expected salary for a rail engineering manager varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.