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Overhead Line Engineer at Network Rail

What is an Overhead Line Engineer?

Have you got an eye for detail? Are you a top-notch problem solver? Are you confident in explaining your thoughts and ideas? If so, a career in overhead line engineering could be a great fit for you.

DID YOU KNOW? Overhead line equipment (OLE) transmits electricity to trains. It helps trains to run, so it’s incredibly important to the railway – and so is the work you’ll be doing!

Overhead line engineers have specialised knowledge about the railway. To achieve this role you’ll build up your engineering knowledge over time, because OLE engineering is complex and needs electrical and mechanical engineering know-how.

So tell me more about how to be an Overhead Line Engineer

To become an overhead line engineer on the railway, you’ll need technical experience and knowledge as well as the confidence to explain your reasoning to a wide range of people. You’ll gain the experience to become an overhead line engineer through a mixture of education and employment.

If you champion a project 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 Overhead Line Engineer... What does it take?

You’ll need to start out on your career path with a passion for engineering and an interest in the railway and the 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 grown in your career, you’ll be able to achieve chartered engineer status and boost your employability. To be a Network Rail engineer, you’ll need to have chartered status. You can gain this globally recognised qualification through an organisation like the IET or IMechE.

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