Level 2 – Rail Engineering Operative Standard

Rail Engineering Operatives provide support to Rail Technicians and Engineers.

The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of

“The Railway” (infrastructure and trains): track (including minor works), electrification, overhead line, signalling, telecommunications and traction & rolling stock.

Apprentices will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline.

Level 3 – Rail Engineering Technician Standard

Rail Engineering Operatives provide support to Rail Technicians and Engineers.

The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of

“The Railway” (infrastructure and trains): track (including minor works), electrification, overhead line, signalling, telecommunications and traction & rolling stock.

Apprentices will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline.

Guidance documents to support delivery of the Rail Engineering Technician standard:

Detailed Required Documents:

Level 3 – Railway Engineering Design Technician Standard

Rail engineering design technicians provide technical support to engineers who design infrastructure and systems for railways.

The engineering disciplines involved include signalling, rolling stock, track, systems, civil engineering, communications, eletrification and electrical plant.

It is likely that many technicians will specialise in a particular discipline whilst others will have a broader skills base.

Level 4 – Rail Engineering Advanced Technician Standard

Rail Engineering Advanced Technicians provide technical solutions across the railway.

The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of “The Railway” (infrastructure and trains); track (including minor works), overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications, traction, & rolling stock and rail systems.

Apprentices will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline.

Guidance documents to support delivery of the Rail Engineering Advanced Technician standard:

Detailed Required Documents:

Level 5 – Rail & Rail Systems Engineer Standard

A Rail and Rail Systems Engineer works as part of a multi-disciplinary team, but with personal responsibility and accountability for

projects related to their specialist area.


They have expertise in one of the following disciplines: Rail Civil Engineering, Track Engineering, Signalling and Control Systems, Rail Systems Integration, Traction and Rolling Stock, Telecoms, Networks and Digital, Electrical, Mechanical or Building Services.

Level 6 – Rail & Rail Systems Senior Engineer Standard

A Rail and Rail Systems Senior Engineer is an operational leaderships role; someone who can take responsibility for people and

the work in hand within a conventional or high speed railway context.

They have expertise in one of the following disciplines: Rail Civils; Rail Track; Rail Signalling & Control; Rail Systems & Integration; Rail Traction & Rolling Stock; Rail Telecommunications, Network and Digital; or Rail Electrical, Mechanical or Building Services.

Level 7 – Rail & Rail Systems Principal Engineer Standard

Rail and Rail Systems Principal Engineer is a senior strategic role and provides industry wide leadership related to their chosen

specialism. Specialisms include Rail Civils; Rail Track; Rail Signalling and Control; Rail Systems & Integration; Rail Traction & Rolling

Stock, Rail Telecoms, Network & Digital; Rail Electrical, Mechanical & Building Services.

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