Overhead Line Engineer at Network Rail

How to become an Overhead Line Engineer

Studying maths and science-related subjects at school will help you a lot in any engineering career. Not only will they stand out on your CV, they’ll also give you the foundation skills and knowledge to learn and grow in an engineering career.

At school and beyond, take the opportunity to network and meet like minds in a science and engineering field. As an example, there are a number of science careers events held annually around the country, like The Big Bang Fair and Technopop. Attending these events is very inspiring, and also a great way to meet employers offering opportunities, networks to join and people in the jobs you want who are happy to answer any questions.

Your first step will be to get a job in the field of engineering – either a graduate role, an entry-level role or an apprenticeship like the ones offered by Network Rail. If you can get a job in the Overhead Line Electrification discipline, it’ll help you get early hands-on experience and knowledge of what’s involved.

A career-boosting next step is to achieve chartered engineer status, which is required for this role. You can get this globally recognised qualification through organisations like the IET or IMechE.

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