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Rail Engineer Trainer at Siemens Rail Systems

Is a career in training right for me?

Can you explain complex information in a way that’s correct and easy to understand? Want to teach the next generation of engineers and pass on your skills to others? Want a job with lots of variety where you’ll be on the go all over the UK, delivering different training programmes to workers?

If that sounds like you, then a career in training could be the answer.

Perks and Challenges of being a rail engineer trainer

Perks:

  • You’ll have lots of career satisfaction when you see candidates pass the assessment or training course with a big smile on their face!
  • Rail engineer training is a career with lots of variety. You’ll rarely deliver the same training programme more than a couple of times a year.

Challenges:

  • You’ll need to keep on top of all your technical knowledge so that you are able to answer all questions accurately and easily.

Useful skills

The following skills are very useful:

  • Product knowledge – it is vital that as a trainer, you’re in the know about all the products, systems and ways of doing things. This is so you can teach your candidates up-to-date and correct information for use in their careers.
  • Communication skills – you’ll need to interact with all sorts of different learners, helping them to progress within the training programme and succeed.

People who work in this role say that the following skills and qualities are useful:

  • Patience – while you may understand all the technical knowledge you’re passing on in a training programme, the candidates you’re training may still have lots to learn. Having patience with them will help both of you.
  • Planning – it helps to know what training/assessing equipment and paperwork you’ll need. By planning ahead you’ll be fully prepared to deliver the training.

What qualifications do you need to be a rail engineer trainer?

In order to become a rail engineer trainer, you’ll need to have worked on the railway. You could start out as a railway engineer, working on signalling or track or rolling stock and then after some experience in that role, moving on to becoming a training officer. You’ll need to have experienced the role that you are training and assessing candidates for. Once you’ve accepted a position as a rail trainer you’ll be put on various training courses to make sure that you can deliver training programmes confidently.

In order to begin your journey to a railway career, you can start either as an apprentice or as a graduate with an engineering degree or anything in between. To become an apprentice, you’ll usually need 5 GCSEs with good passing grades.

What is the workplace of a rail engineer trainer like?

You’ll be office-based for some of the time, but you’ll also need to travel to various training facilities to deliver training programmes across the country.

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