Rail systems engineer
Go Construct
King’s Lynn, Norfolk, GB
3d ago

A rail systems engineer is responsible for providing insight and technical engineering expertise on railway projects and systems such as traction power, train and traffic signal controls, fare collection, rail vehicles and more.

£70000

Typical hours per week

40 - 42

How to become a rail systems engineer

There are several routes to becoming a rail systems engineer. You could complete a university degree or college course, an apprenticeship or apply to an employer directly.

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.

University

In most cases, to become a rail systems engineer you will require an undergraduate degree. In some instances you will also be required to hold an engineering postgraduate degree, or to have gained chartered status with a relevant engineering body.

Recommended subjects include :

  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering,
  • Mechanical engineering.
  • You’ll usually need :

  • 3 A levels (including maths and physics), or equivalent (undergraduate degree)
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (postgraduate degree).
  • College / training provider

    To begin your journey to becoming a rail systems engineer, you could enrol on a relevant college course such as :

  • Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Competence
  • Level 3 Diploma in Rail Engineering Technician
  • Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Civil Engineering
  • Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and the Built Environment.
  • You'll usually need :

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent (level 2 course)
  • 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent (level 3 course)
  • 1 - 2 A levels, or equivalent (HNC or HND).
  • Apprenticeship

    You could complete a degree apprenticeship in civil engineering to become a rail systems engineer.

    You’ll need :

  • 5 GCSEs (including English, maths and science) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent
  • 2 - 3 A Levels, or equivalent.
  • 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.

    Work

    If you have experience in a similar role, such as civil engineering, or have worked as a rail systems technician, you could apply directly to a company to gain onsite experience as a rail systems engineer.

    You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced rail systems engineer and progress as your abilities improve.

    Work experience

    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 systems engineer.

    Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.

    Skills

    Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a rail systems engineer include :

  • Knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Ability to operate and control equipment
  • Good team working skills
  • Observation and recording skills.
  • What does a rail systems engineer do?

    As a rail systems engineer, you will be responsible for providing technical insight into rail engineering projects for a variety of different systems.

    The job role of a rail systems engineer may involve the following duties :

  • Overseeing rail engineering design and modelling
  • Providing expert advice on technical rail issues or faults
  • Using computer-aided design software
  • Preparing and submitting reports, studies and models to support business decisions
  • Performing calculations
  • Offering engineering guidance to other team members
  • Ensuring the safety and legal compliance of all engineering work
  • Working with other engineers and designers to decide on solutions to systems issues.
  • How much could you earn as a rail systems engineer?

    The expected salary for a rail systems engineer varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained rail systems engineers can earn £25,000 - £35,000
  • Trained rail systems engineers with some experience can earn £35,000 - £45,000
  • Senior rail systems engineers can earn £45,000 - £70,000.*
  • Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

  • Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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