Apprentice Signalling Design Engineer at MGB Engineering Ltd

What does an apprentice signalling design engineer do?

Interested in engineering? Are you a keen problem solver? Perhaps you should consider a career within the rail industry. As a signalling design apprentice, you’ll be creating electrical component and circuit designs that will be used as part of signalling projects to allow the railway to run safely and smoothly. You could be drafting electronic system drawings using CAD (computer aided design) and then get to watch your designs being built, tested and brought into use on the railway.

Modern railway signalling systems use accurate positioning data to pinpoint the precise location of every train at all times. This data is then used by the signalling to control the speed of trains as well as the normal and emergency brake applications. Therefore, the signalling systems that you‘ll design will be used to safely control trains throughout the world.

You may also be involved in the design of Scheme Plans and Location Area Plans. These large (often 2-3m long) schematic drawings that show a 2 dimensional representation of the railway and are used to determine how the final railway track and signalling systems will actually be built. You’ll also learn to produce system architecture drawings, reports, specifications and calculations for the signalling systems.

As well as designing electrical and electronic circuits you will also get involved in the installation, testing and validation of products and systems. The knowledge and skills gained during the apprenticeship will enable you to assist in the planning and implementation of signalling activities and to ensure the accuracy and integrity of signalling data and designs.

As an apprentice signalling design engineer, you’ll receive training on CAD, the railway industry and how the signalling systems are created and operate. As well as this, you’ll develop an understanding of a range of systems from old-fashioned mechanical signals to modern day computer controlled systems which use cellular technology and GSM-R communications.


Usually, you’ll work full time hours, five days a week. When deadlines are coming up, you may be required to work later.

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