The UK railway is more popular than ever, carrying 50% more passengers than 10 years ago. Freight movements have increased 13% since 2009.
Currently more money is being invested in improving UK railway infrastructure since the Victorian era.
But, with an annual shortfall of 69,000 rail engineers, the industry needs new, talented & skilled people to make up the investment.
You can become part of this exciting industry and work on some of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe.
Engineering Futures is a national network of colleges & providers who are actively supporting the rail industry by providing rail engineering education and training.
Working on the Railway is very varied. You could be installing or renewing track, working in tunnels, embankments, cuttings or bridges. From measuring, inspecting, checking distances and heights of track sections to performing safety critical duties during trackside operations.
Using hand tools, pneumatic drills, welding equipment and operating heavy machinery to lay new track or when carrying out major renewals and enhancements. Working hours are normally shifts covering days, nights, and weekends in all weather conditions. With overtime often reflected in the antisocial hours.
Safety is critical to working in this industry. Strict policy on drug and alcohol misuse is in place with random testing carried out at any time. A driving license and use of a vehicle (to start shifts outside of normal public transport hours) is helpful.