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Rail Engineering

Available for: 16-19, Higher Education, Apprenticeships,

Introduction

It is an exciting time to think about becoming a Rail Engineer, with the announcement of biggest investment in rail infrastructure since the Victorian era.

The rail engineering courses offered at PROCAT include rail traction and rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications. These courses are offered as apprenticeships with some big names from the industry, including Eurostar, Thales, Bombardier, telent and Keolis Amey. 

Course Details

What you will study

In the first year of the programme you will gain practical skills and the underpinning knowledge required, including specialist courses and permits for working on the railway. In subsequent years you will also work towards either a BTEC Diploma or Higher Apprenticeship, with the objective of gaining the relevant competency licences to practice. 

The importance of maths and English in daily life is beyond question. Almost every job requires the ability to read, write and use numbers confidently – especially in Construction or Engineering where you will be pricing jobs, measuring and completing tasks to precision.

English and maths qualifications are an essential element of your Study Programme and Apprenticeship training.

Apprentices:

Grade 3 (D) or below you must study Functional Skills
Grade 4 (C) or above do not need Functional Skills

Study Programmes:

Grade 4 (C) or above students must study extended maths and English
Grade 3 (D) students must study GCSE maths and English

Self Study: 

PROCAT guidelines for self-study, meaning extra reading, researching and writing are as follows but of-course this is down to your own work ethic.

For a PASS:

Level 3: 1-2 hours per week studying at home/outside of college
Level 4: 3-4 hours per week studying at home/outside of college
Degree Apprenticeship: 5-6 hours per week studying at home/outside of college

Type of work

Apprentices completing the PROCAT Higher Apprenticeship pathways are provided with excellent preparation towards professional registration and progression to Incorporated Engineer registration. The nature of the work means that you should be willing to work unsociable hours, including nights. 

Courses available

Level 2 Apprenticeship
Location: TUCA
Duration: 1 year
Study Format: Block release - A set number of weeks spent in rotation between training in college and working with your employer.

Level 3 Apprenticeship
Location: TUCA
Duration: 3 years
Study Format: Block release - A set number of weeks spent in rotation between training in college and working with your employer.

Level 4 Apprenticeship
Location: TUCA
Duration: 3 years
Study Format: Block release - A set number of weeks spent in rotation between training in college and working with your employer.

Where can I learn?

This course is located in TUCA

 


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