Rail Infrastructure Engineering

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. 

Content:

Year 1

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits
  • Maintaining mechanical devices and equipment
  • Wiring and testing programmable controller based systems
  • Working in the rail engineering industry
  • Engineering technology principles
  • Rail engineering
  • Working safely within rail engineering
  • Mathematics for engineering technicians

Year 2

  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Mechanical principles
  • Rail overground vehicle traction and associated systems
  • Rail overground passenger comfort, safety and security
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Functions and characteristics of railway signalling systems
  • Signalling technologies
  • Telecommunications technologies
  • Mechanical principles
  • Railway infrastructure construction and maintenance
  • Rail technologies
  • Functions and characteristics of railway signalling systems

Year 3

  • Engineering solutions and innovation within the rail industry
  • Units are dependent on options from traction and rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications or track. Further units dependent on employer choice.

Duration:

The duration of this apprenticeship is approximately 36 months.

Location and study format:

The course will be held at procat tuca campus and studied on a mixture of block and day release.

Entry requirements:

GCSE grades 5 (or c) in maths and english.

Level:

The apprenticeship standard is at level 3.

Qualifications:

Level 2 diploma in performing engineering operations

Level 2 rail engineering operative

Level 3 rail engineering technician

Professional registration:

On completion the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an engineering technician by the relevant professional engineering institutions.

Progression:

It is possible to progress onto a higher apprenticeship or hnc in mechanical, electrical or electronic systems engineering on completion of this apprenticeship.

Funding band:

This apprenticeship is in funding band 15 with a funding cap of £27,000.

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Documents:


Apprenticeship standard for a rail
engineering operative

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Assessment plan for a rail engineering
operative

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Apprenticeship standard for a rail
engineering technician

 

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Assessment plan for a rail engineering
Technician

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Apprenticeship standard for a rail
engineering advanced technician

 

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Assessment plan for a rail engineering
advanced technician

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Levy Calculator


Total Payroll (£):

0.5% levy charge: 75000

Less £15,000 allowance: 60000

10% top up to your Levy charge: 6000

If each apprentice costs £15,000 over 3 years (on average), this equals £5,000 per apprentice per year. With the allowance and top up value of £66,000 you would get value for money by hiring 12 apprentices.