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Signalling Design Engineer at Network Rail

What is a signalling design engineer?

Are you interested in creating things? Like knowing how things work? Want to be part of large-scale projects which will have an impact on thousands of people? If so, a career in signalling design could be a great fit for you.

As a signalling design engineer, you’ll be a specialist railway engineer who uses CAD (computer-aided design) to create electrical circuits for railway signalling. You’ll also liaise with stakeholders (train operators) to come up with great designs that everyone’s happy with. As well as this, during construction you’ll travel to railway sites where your signalling designs are being installed to check they’re being implemented correctly.

So tell me more about how to be a signalling design engineer

In order to become a signalling design engineer, you’ll need technical experience combined with a passion for engineering. One thing you can do to boost your employability is to start learning CAD programmes so that you can prove to your employer that you are committed to learning more in the world of technical design.

Part of being an engineer is knowing how to think logically to solve problems. Before you have an interview for a position like signalling design engineer, think of some examples where you used your skills to find a solution to a problem. It could be in a work scenario or during education.

Becoming a signalling design engineer... What does it take?

You’ll start your career in style if you have a passion for engineering and an interest in the railway and new developments that it brings.

Qualifications in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) 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 do this role at Network Rail you’ll need to be a chartered engineer. You can gain this globally recognised qualification through an organisation like the IET.

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