To get into track engineering you will usually be required to have a degree in a relevant subject such as Civil Engineering. It is useful if your degree or masters is accredited by a relevant professional body, such as the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) as it can help you to achieve the status of chartered engineer at a later date.
Many large employers offer structured internship programmes and summer placement schemes in track engineering.
You will be expected to gain thorough knowledge of your specialist sector before being considered for a promotion to Head of Track.
What does a head of track do?
Providing strategic advice and knowledge associated with rail engineering
Identifying, mentoring and developing junior staff
Providing technical direction for track engineering teams onsite
Carrying out work to meet health, safety and environmental standards
Managing projects in a high quality, professional and commercially viable manner
Working with key stakeholders
Keeping up to date with new techniques and technologies
Identifying and promoting best practice
Creating and maintaining effective management systems to control and deliver track engineering commitments
Managing any change to the rail system to ensure risks are identified and controlled
Holding professional engineering responsibility for all track engineering activities for a business
Providing technical advice on matters relevant to track engineering
Approving track engineering training and competence strategies used within a company to achieve compliance with legislation and industry standards
Provide technical direction to contractors, strategic advice to project architects and ensure work is carried out to meet health and safety standards
Managing a team, mentoring junior staff in their specialist sector
Most full time positions are 40 hours a week
Newly trained track or civil engineers can earn in the region of £20,000 and £28,000
Trained with experience track or civil engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 and £35,000
Senior Head of Track can earn £45,000 or more
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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