Rail Engineering Technician


Level 3

Duration of the course

36 months, block release – 6 blocks of 2 weeks throughout each of the 3 years

What qualifications will the apprentice gain?

  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Rail Engineering Technician
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Study information

  • A Rail Engineering Technician may work on site or in a depot or in a technical office. Their work could involve:
  • Construction, installation, renewal, enhancement and modification of the railway
  • Fault finding and diagnosis to prevent or address equipment failures
  • Maintenance and replacement of systems and components
  • Functional and operational testing and inspection of the railway using specialist equipment
  • Ensuring assets are installed, replaced or maintained to specification and maintaining required records
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Career options

For Rail Engineering Technicians who have the ability and drive there is a wide range of further development and career progression opportunities within Rail Engineering.

Careers could include:

  • Track Technician
  • Overhead Line Technician
  • Electrification Technician
  • Traction and Rolling Stock Technician
  • Signalling Technician
  • Telecoms Technician
  • Rail Systems Technician

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If the apprentice is:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) their training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) training is funded from employers Digital Apprenticeship Service Account
    *small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive


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