Signalling Technician

Job Description:

Signalling technicians identify problems and repair, test and maintain the equipment that moves trains safely.

Job Category:
Transport & Logistics

What you will do:

As a signalling technician, you could:

  • install new signalling systems
  • carry out routine maintenance checks
  • measure and record equipment test readings
  • upgrade radio and electronic communications networks
  • find and fix equipment faults on site, and repair complex faults in a workshop


You’ll need:

  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through and apprenticeship or by applying directly.


You could do a:

  • Rail Engineering Technician Advanced Apprenticeship
  • High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Technician Higher Apprenticeship
  • Rail Engineering Technician Higher Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are offered by rail and tram operating companies.

Direct Application

You might be able to apply directly to rail engineering companies if you’ve got experience and qualifications in electrical or electronic engineering from another industry, or from the armed forces.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 37-43 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays on shifts.

You could work on rail tracks, in a control room or in a workshop. Your working environment may be noisy, outdoors some of the time and you’ll travel often. You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could move from junior to senior technician jobs and become a team leader.

With more qualifications and experience you could become a signalling designer or incident investigator.