Engineer at Network Rail

What is a Railway Engineer?

Are you a top-notch problem solver? Can you think outside the box? Want to be part of large-scale projects that will have an impact on thousands of people? If so, a career in railway engineering could be a great fit for you.

Railway engineers work in different specialities; it could be track, system design, overhead lines or switches and crossings. Once you’ve gained useful general knowledge about engineering and the railway, you’ll be able to specialise in a section of railway engineering.

Overall, your role as a railway engineer is to oversee new designs for different elements of the railway, check safety procedures, carry out detailed risk assessments and prioritise tasks and actions that need to be taken in order to ensure the upkeep of the railway.

So tell me more about how to be an engineer

To become a railway engineer, you’ll need technical experience and knowledge as well as the confidence to lead on projects and be an engineering expert in your chosen specialism. You’ll gain this experience through a mixture of education and employment.

If you champion a project and you meet and exceed expectations by solving problems in a quick, effective way and all to budget, you may get the chance to lead on bigger projects which will mean you gain more experience and are able to stretch your knowledge further.

Becoming an engineer… What does it take?

You’ll need to start out your career with a passion for engineering and an interest in the railway and new developments that it brings.

Qualifications in STEM subjects will help to reinforce your interest in engineering as well as equip you with the skills to go far in the industry.

Learning and development courses and training to build your career

Once you’ve moved in your career, you’ll be able to achieve chartered engineer status and boots your employability. The role of engineer at network rail required you to be a chartered engineer. You can gain this globally recognised qualification through an organisation like the IET, IMechE or the ICE.

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