HS2 Area Engineer
What is an HS2 Area Engineer?
An HS2 Area Engineer works as part of a team to design and build the railway. The job is varied. Mainly it involves making decisions about the technical designs of the structures that will be part of the railway. Engineers also meet local communities to explain the design of the project to answer questions and address concerns.
So tell me more about how to be an HS2 Area Engineer
To work in this area, you’ll need work experience in mechanical or civil engineering.
If you are still at school, speak to your school’s careers advisor. You could also contact local engineering companies to ask if you can do some work shadowing.
If you’re at university, you might want to think about undertaking an industry placement. Most universities will have links with businesses who can offer industry placements, and this will set you in excellent stead as a graduate. Employers like seeing people who have experience applying their academic knowledge to a real life engineering project.
A knowledge of engineering and design principles is really important, as you’ll be analysing designs and technical reports as part of this role.
It’s much more than technical skills though – you’ve got to be a great communicator, as you’ll be working with different teams across HS2, with the government and most importantly with members of the public. Can you explain complicated things in plain English? Planning and organisational skills are really important too.
Becoming an HS2 Area Engineer: What does it take?
First, it’s all about the team. Building a whole new railway relies on more than one person’s efforts. You’ll work closely with different teams from different companies around the country. Teamwork and good interpersonal skills are key to working successfully on a project of this scale.
Second, flexibility is important. You’ll need to travel to meet people at local community events, which usually take place on evenings and weekends. These type of events give you a chance to get out of the office and meet with the people who will benefit and use the future railway.
And finally, you should have a natural curiosity for how things work, as well as an interest in Maths and Science. Have you ever wondered what goes into helping a train reach speeds of a hundred metres a second? Then you could have what it takes to be an Area Engineer at HS2.
Learning and development courses and training to build your career
A degree in civil engineering or mechanical engineering is required, as is chartered engineer status (or equivalent experience). HS2 has a fantastic support network for new professionals in engineering, and can help you to work towards achieving chartership through mentoring and training opportunities.