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Rail engineering technician

Providing technical support to engineers working on the rail network and trains.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
36 months
Current funding band
Up to £24,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • rail engineering design and technical principles
  • using specialist tools, materials and equipment
  • installing, testing, maintaining and replacing equipment and components
  • identifying, diagnosing and preventing equipment and component failures
  • project management - including planning and time and quality management
  • specialist electrification, overhead line, telecomms, track, traction and rolling stock, rail system or signalling skills
  • health and safety procedures, regulations and legislation within a rail industry environment
  • level 3 rail engineering (competence)
  • level 3 rail engineering (technical knowledge)

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

Apprentices will meet the requirements for registration as an engineering technician (EngTech) by the relevant professional engineering institutions.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
IRSE Enterprises Ltd 0207 808 1186
Institution of Mechanical Engineers 020 7304 6970
The Institution of Engineering and Technology 01438 765526
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.