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Rail systems engineers provide insight and technical engineering expertise in regards to railway projects.

Average salaries are in the region of £35,000.00 to £45,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Rail Systems Engineers design and provide insight and technical engineering expertise in regards to railway projects. They ensure projects are completed to both company and national/international standards, so they are both safe and compliant with the law. 

What they do

Rail systems engineers work with other engineers and designers to decide how best to design solutions for railway projects, including work on existing railway lines and tracks, stations, and designing new extensions or developments. They must prepare and submit reports, studies, models and similar documentation to support their decisions, explaining their calculations. 

Typical tasks include:

  • Engineering design
  • CAD/CAM computer modelling
  • Creating reports to outline solutions
  • Performing calculations
  • Offering engineering guidance to other team members
  • Ensuring the safety and legal compliance of all engineering work

Hours & Salary:

Typically, rail systems engineers work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm. However, it is not uncommon for overnight or weekend work to apply in exceptional circumstances.

  • Newly trained rail systems engineers can earn in the region of £25,000£35,000
  • Trained with experience rail systems engineers can earn in the region of £35,000£45,000
  • Senior or chartered rail systems engineers can earn in the region of £45,000£65,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.


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Qualifications & Training

Usually, 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 per year (including rail systems engineers) between 2017 - 2019, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Scotland.

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