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Apprenticeship training course

Railway engineering design technician (level 3)

Provide technical support to engineers who design infrastructure and systems for railways.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
30 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Assistant designer
  • Assistant technician
  • Design technician
  • Junior technician
  • Rail design technician
  • Technician
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Apply core engineering principles, including mathematical, scientific and technical know-how, to railway systems and the design process.
  • Apply key principles, techniques and methods of data collection, analysis and evaluation to support the delivery of valid railway engineering design and technical solutions.
  • Plan and carry out calculations, data collection, analysis, evaluation, and report the outputs through appropriate means.
  • Create technical drawings, plans and technical documentation using relevant conventions and engineering terminology related to railway systems.
  • Operate appropriate software packages for data gathering and analysis, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM).
  • Apply document control processes and procedures using the approved processes, maintaining quality compliance when creating or amending engineering and/or design documentation.
  • Apply statutory health and safety policies, procedures and regulations in the railway engineering design environment, using risk assessment processes, procedures and documentation.
  • Plan, carry out and manage own work in line with quality management and assurance polices, recognising the wider implications to client or customer needs, and within cost and resource limitations.
  • Support and contribute to the production of railway engineering design solutions in accordance with relevant industry standards, regulations and procedures, with consideration for security, cultural and societal, and environmental considerations.
  • Communicate using appropriate methods for the audience, and incorporate relevant and appropriate terms, standards and data.
  • Apply sustainable and ethical principles to Railway Engineering Design.
  • Plan, undertake and review their own professional competence, regularly updating and reviewing their CPD to improve performance.

Full information on Railway engineering design technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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