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Head of Track

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

The Role

  • 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.

Qualifications and Training

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.

Next Steps


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Find out more

For information on the Head of Track role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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