Level 4

Rail Engineering Advanced Technician


4 years


Rush Green


Flexible dates


Adult 19+



Rail Engineering Advanced Technicians provide technical solutions across the railway.

The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of infrastructure and trains):

  • Track (including minor works)
  • Overhead line
  • Electrification
  • Signalling, telecommunications, traction & rolling stock
  • Rail systems

On the programme you'll undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline.

Those working within the occupation of Rail Engineering are responsible for the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of the railway to provide safety and reliability for customers.

The rail industry has a high level of safety critical work activities requiring a disciplined and responsible approach.

You'll usually need GCSEs in English or Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above.

If you haven't got these qualifications, you'll need to study Functional Skills English/Maths at Level 2 alongside your apprenticeship,

On successful completion of your apprenticeship you'll have satisfied the requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant Professional Engineering Institutions.

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