Signalling Design Engineer at Network Rail

How to become a signalling design engineer

First things first - you’ll need to study maths and science-related subjects at school. This will build solid foundations to your 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.

You can study for vocational qualifications – like engineering NVQ courses - to help you build up the skills and knowledge you need. You can also take these courses through an employer as part of a structured earn-while-you-learn programme. Take a look at our Course Finder to research what’s available.

Your first step after education is to get a job in the field of engineering – either a graduate role, an entry-level role or an apprenticeship like the one offered by Network Rail. Network Rail offer two signalling courses to go on as part of their signalling graduate scheme: these are basic and intermediate signalling. They each take two weeks and they’re structured to build your knowledge gradually so you can absorb all the new things you’re learning.

A career-boosting next step once you’ve got an engineering job is to achieve chartered engineer status (which is required for this role). You can get this globally recognised qualification through organisations like the IET.

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