Rail Engineering Technician

Competitive salary
United Kingdom

Job Reference: ART-HslZN5Hapf9

Who are we?

ART Providers Skill Centre (ART) is a UK based organization that is committed to provide you with the right skills, learning and career opportunities in your chosen apprenticeship course programme. We exist to produce top quality apprentices and support employers in bridging them to the right apprentice such as yourself.

We are now offering a Rail Engineering Technician course programme in Level 3. Inquire now!


What will you learn in this course?

Apprentices on the Rail Engineering Technicians provide technical support to Rail Engineers. The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of “The Railway” (infrastructure and trains); track (including minor works), overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications, traction & rolling stock and rail systems. Apprentices will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline.


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.


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.


Knowledge you’ll gain:

  • Safe and Professional working practices including legislation, regulation, industry procedures and safety requirements.
  • The scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design principles that are required to support the maintenance, renewal and construction of The Railway.
  • How to work effectively and contribute to engineering solutions and innovation including understanding and applying problem solving techniques and diagnostics, project planning and management, time management and quality management and assurance systems.
  • The importance of 3rd party requirements and client confidentiality and the need to understand and adhere to corporate policies on ethics, equality and diversity.
  • How the railway works commercially including contractual principles and implications.


It is desirable that candidates would have achieved a level 2 in Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) prior to commencing their Apprenticeship training. Those Apprentices who are yet to achieve a level 2 in English and Maths will have the opportunity to complete these qualifications during their Apprenticeship. However, a level 2 must be achieved in these areas before they qualify for entry to their End Point Assessment (EPA).


  • Level 3 Rail Engineering (Competence)
  • Level 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)


Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. Employers who recruit candidates without English or Maths at Grade C or above must ensure that the candidate achieves a Level 2 equivalent standard prior to taking the end point assessment.



  • Keep themselves and others safe by adhering to safe working practices. Understand and comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements, including safe access to work locations.
  • Plan a high standard of technical work: Gathering and interpreting information including drawings, plans, schedules needed for the development of rail engineering activity planning; Detailed inspection and performance & condition analysis of assets; Plan work to be undertaken including the appropriate resources.
  • Deliver a high standard of technical work: Undertake engineering activities in relation to maintenance, construction / installation and or renewal of assets. Complete integrity & compliance checks on own work, instigate testing and identify where independent testing is required. Transfer responsibility of assets once work has been completed. Supervise their own work and that of others.
  • Solve problems: Identify problems and apply a structured approach and appropriate methods to problem solving and diagnosis.
  • Manage resources including the correct utilisation and storage of tools, materials and equipment, and the lifting and moving of materials, components and equipment.
  • Communicate effectively. Use oral, written, electronic and IT based methods and systems for the accurate communication, reporting & recording of technical and other information, using correct terms, standards, templates and certifications.



  • Act professionally demonstrating dependability, determination, honesty and integrity. Respect others, act ethically and contribute to sustainable development.
  • Be risk aware so as to reduce risks through systematic monitoring and checking of information, concentration on the task, and awareness of changing circumstances on activity.
  • Display a self-disciplined, self-motivated, proactive approach to work, able to make independent decisions whilst knowing one’s limitations and when to ask for help or to escalate.
  • Work reliably and safely, often without close supervision, to approved industry standards and safe working practices.
  • Work effectively and efficiently, individually and as part of a team, maintaining effective relationships with colleagues, clients, suppliers and the public.
  • Receptive to feedback, willing to learn new skills and adjust to change. Identifying, carrying out and recording CPD necessary to maintain and enhance competence.
  • Prepared to make a personal commitment to their employer, the industry and its professional standards.

Once you have completed this Apprenticeship, you could progress on to the following:

  • This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship. On completion the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant Professional Engineering Institutions.
  • For those Rail Engineering Technicians who have the ability and drive there is a wide range of further development and career progression opportunities within Rail Engineering.


Job titles include:
Track Technician, Overhead Line Technician, Electrification Technician, Traction & Rolling Stock Technician, Signalling Technician, Telecoms Technician, Rail Systems Technician.

Maximum funding: Competitive

Course Length: 36 months (this does not include EPA period)

Learning method: Workplace (direct delivery)