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Rail engineering managers are responsible for leading and implementing engineering design work for all types of rail projects.

Average salaries are in the region of £35,000.00 to £50,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Rail Engineering Managers are responsible for leading and implementing engineering design work for all types of rail projects. These include railway line improvements/developments, stations and platforms, signalling and level crossings upgrades, and other railway structures.

What they do

As a Rail Engineering Manager you would have to attend events and meetings to discuss projects you would be responsible for. As the leader of the Rail Engineering team you would have to collaborate with the design managers to help find the best engineering solutions for your project. An ability to both lead a team, and work well alone, is a key skill for this role, along with an interest in rail engineering.

Typical tasks include:

  • Taking responsibility for bids
  • Liaising with clients
  • Reviewing and identifying skills needed for a project
  • Assessing project risks
  • Reviewing the design brief
  • Formally checking engineering processes
  • Managing the rail engineering team
  • Maintaining accurate records
  • Organising travel arrangements
  • Scheduling meetings

Hours & Salary:

Typically, Rail Engineering Managers work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm. However, overnight or weekend work may apply depending on project constraints.

  • Newly trained rail engineering managers can earn in the region of £30,000£35,000
  • Trained with experience rail engineering managers can earn in the region of £35,000£50,000
  • Senior or chartered rail engineering managers can earn in the region of £50,000£70,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status. 


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Qualifications & Training

As a senior role, a BSc Honours Degree in an engineering field in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, will most likely be required. Some positions will require an engineering Masters Degree as well, or chartered status with a relevant engineering body.

However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered. 

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Career trends and forecasts

16,240 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 civil engineers (including rail engineering managers) to meet demand every year from 2017 - 2021 – according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). 

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