Rail Engineer Trainer at Siemens Rail Systems
What is a rail engineer trainer?
As a rail engineer trainer, your job will involve delivering training programmes as well as assessing staff on their skills and knowledge over time. This is a highly important role as you’ll be making sure that the people who work on the railway lines are working to a high standard as they play their part to transport thousands of people safely to their destinations.
You could train and assess people in a number of things, like their technical ability to repair the railway lines and infrastructure or train staff to drive the trains safely.
So tell me more about how to be a rail engineer trainer
As well as delivering the training programmes, as a rail engineer trainer you’ll also be required to monitor how useful and relevant course materials are, give feedback to candidates on their progress and make changes to any training programmes if required.
As well as the teaching part of your role, you’ll need to know how to do all the technical aspects that you are teaching. So keeping up-to-date with your skills and knowledge is always required!
A large part of my role is assessing competency in accordance with ROGS. Approximately a quarter of my time is spent assessing.
Becoming a rail engineer trainer… What does it take?
To thrive and grow a rail engineer trainer, it will help if you’re confident in maths and science subjects, as you’ll be training engineers (after having been an engineer yourself). Maths and science are the foundations of any engineering career.
Once you’ve gained experience working on the railway, it will help your application to become a trainer if you’ve taken part in a mentor scheme. For example, mentoring an apprentice in your field will prove to potential employers that you’re really passionate about training the next generation of railway workers.
Learning and development courses and training to build your career
Once you’ve accepted a position as a rail engineer trainer, you’ll be placed on a training programme so you can build up the skills to be able to train and teach others.
It is likely that in your career on the railway, you’ll have achieved chartered engineer status from a professional body such as:
Institution of Civil Engineers