Rolling Stock Engineering TechnicianJob Description:
Rolling stock technicians help engineers make, test, install and maintain rail vehicles like wagons, coaches and locomotives.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your day-to-day tasks you may:
- read and follow written technical instructions
- help to build new engines and carriages
- fit out carriages with lighting, upholstery, control panels and communication systems
- inspect bodywork, roofs and undercarriages for wear and tear or damage
- repair or replace parts
- carry out regular checks on brakes and couplings
- take apart, test and reassemble mechanical, electrical and pneumatic systems
- write reports and update maintenance records
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
- observation and recording skills
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job.
In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Competence
- Diploma in Rail Engineering Technician Competence
You can get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship as a rail engineering technician.
You’ll learn some skills that are common across all rail technician roles along with specific training for traction and rolling stock work.
You could start out as a rail track maintenance worker. With experience and further training, you could then apply for a trainee technician role.
To apply directly, you’ll find it useful to have experience and qualifications from other engineering jobs like:
- mechanical fitter
- electrical maintenance technician
- automotive or aircraft maintenance
- engineering craftsperson
- coach builder
- construction plant technician
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week of work consists of 37-42 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays on shifts.
You could work on rail tracks or in a workshop. Your working environment may be dirty and outdoors some of the time. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
There are opportunities to move on in your career with:
- train operating companies
- light rail and metro companies
- rail freight and leasing firms
- specialist rail engineering maintenance companies
With experience, you could become maintenance team leader or engineering workshop manager.
You may be able to go on to do a degree to become a qualified engineer.