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Level Crossing Safety Manager at Network Rail

Is a career in level crossing safety right for me?

Do you have an interest in engineering? Want a rewarding career where you’ll make a difference? Want to take the lead on projects that keep people safe?

If so, a career in level crossing safety could be the answer.

Perks and challenges of being a Level Crossing Safety Manager

Perks:

  • You’ll use a blend of engineering skills and project management to take the lead on projects to improve level crossing safety.
  • You’ll have the chance to inspire others to be safe around level crossings and the railway.

Challenges:

  • You’ll need to be able to communicate bad news if an accident does happen. This can be a challenging part of your role, but you’ll receive training to support you in this aspect of your job.

Useful skills

The following skills are very useful:

  • Project management – you’ll be taking the lead on projects to improve the safety of level crossings such as engineering improvements.
  • Investigation – part of your role will be to carry out risk assessments and help the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and other organisations in their inquiries into accidents and incidents.
  • Relationship management – you’ll need to engage with and manage multiple working partnerships in order to deliver changes to level crossing safety and awareness campaigns.

What qualifications do you need to be a Level Crossing Safety Manager?

Usually, you’ll need to be educated to degree level in order to become a level crossing safety manager.

If you choose to take the university route, it will help your application if you have a mechanical engineering degree combined with experience and a project management qualification.

What is the workplace of a Level Crossing Safety Manager like?

You’ll mainly be office-based. You’ll also be travelling to level crossings and taking part in campaigns like safety awareness events for the public.

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