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Rail engineering manager

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

The role

  • 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
  • Attending events and meetings to discuss projects you would be responsible for
  • Collaborating with the design managers to help find the best engineering solutions
  • Working around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm
  • Working overnight or at weekends may apply depending on project constraints

Qualifications and 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.


  • 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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