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The Head of Track oversees business operations in the remit of rail engineering, providing specialist engineering advice for all projects in this area.

Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £35,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

The Head of Track oversees business operations in the remit of rail engineering, providing specialist engineering advice for all projects in this area.

What they do

They have expert knowledge of Civil Engineering and provide technical direction to contractors, strategic advice to project architects and ensure work is carried out to meet health and safety standards.

They also manage a team, mentoring junior staff in their specialist sector.

Typical tasks include:

  • 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

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained track or civil engineers can earn in the region of £20,000 and £28,000 per year
  • 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.

Most full time positions are 40 hours a week.


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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

To get into track engineering you will usually be required to have a degree in a relevant subject such as Civil Engineering.

A pre-entry postgraduate qualification is not essential but it can be useful, especially if your first degree is not in engineering or a related subject.

It is also useful if your first 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.

Could I do an apprenticeship for this job?

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.

Head of Track will have a thorough knowledge of company policy and relevant government legislation and will be qualified to ICE chartered level or equivalent.

They will also boast extensive experience of railway track engineering and have held senior positions.

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Career trends and forecasts

3980 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 3980 civil engineers (which includes head of track) to meet demand every year from 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Greater London followed equally by East of England, North West and Scotland.

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