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A rail systems engineer is responsible for providing insight and technical engineering expertise on railway projects and systems such as traction power, train and traffic signal controls, fare collection, rail vehicles and more.
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There are several routes to becoming a rail systems engineer. You could complete a university degree or college course, an apprenticeship or apply to an employer directly.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
In most cases, to become a rail systems engineer you will require an undergraduate degree. In some instances you will also be required to hold an engineering postgraduate degree, or to have gained chartered status with a relevant engineering body. Recommended subjects include:
You’ll usually need:
To begin your journey to becoming a rail systems engineer, you could enrol on a relevant college course such as:
You'll usually need:
You could complete a degree apprenticeship in civil engineering to become a rail systems engineer.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have experience in a similar role, such as civil engineering, or have worked as a rail systems technician, you could apply directly to a company to gain onsite experience as a rail systems engineer. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced rail systems engineer and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a rail systems engineer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a rail systems engineer include:
As a rail systems engineer, you will be responsible for providing technical insight into rail engineering projects for a variety of different systems.
The job role of a rail systems engineer may involve the following duties:
The expected salary for a rail systems engineer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a rail systems engineer, you could progress to become a rail engineering manager or senior manager. Alternatively you could transfer your skills to a similar role such as structural engineering, or civil engineering.
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