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Rolling stock engineering technician

Alternative titles for this job include Rail engineering technician

Rolling stock technicians service, maintain and repair train engines, carriages and other rail vehicles.

Average salary (a year)

£30,000 Starter


£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 48 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become Rolling stock engineering technician

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, then look for a trainee position.

Courses include:

  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • maintenance engineering technology

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could apply to do a:

  • Rail Engineering Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Rail Engineering Advanced Technician Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

These apprenticeships take from 3 to 4 years. You would learn skills that are common across all rail technician roles alongside specific training for traction and rolling stock work.

Apprenticeships are offered by organisations like:

  • Network Rail
  • Transport for London
  • engineering companies that build and maintain railway systems and rolling stock

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You could start out as a rail track maintenance worker.

With experience and further training, you could then apply for rolling stock engineering technician jobs.

Direct Application

To apply directly, you'll usually need experience and qualifications from other engineering jobs, like:

  • mechanical fitter
  • electrical maintenance technician
  • automotive or aircraft maintenance
  • engineering craftsperson
  • coach builder
  • construction plant technician

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Career tips

Rail technicians employed through an agency on short or medium term contracts may be paid a higher hourly rate.

Further information

You can find out more about working in rail engineering from:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • the ability to work well with others
  • concentration skills
  • observation and recording skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • pass a medical check

The medical check will include tests of your hearing and vision as you'll be working in a safety critical environment, around live wires and on train tracks.

You can also expect to be regularly tested for drugs and alcohol in this role.

It can be helpful to have a driving licence and your own transport to start shifts outside public transport hours.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a rolling stock engineering technician, you'll:

  • follow written technical instructions
  • install lighting, control panels and communication systems in engines and carriages
  • inspect bodywork and undercarriages for defects or damage
  • repair or replace parts
  • make regular checks on brakes and couplings
  • take apart, test and reassemble mechanical, electrical and pneumatic systems
  • write service reports and update maintenance records

Working environment

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 and progression

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Career path and progression

There are opportunities to move on in your career with:

  • train operating companies
  • London Underground
  • 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 wish to go on to study for a degree to become a qualified engineer.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Rail Engineering Track Maintenance PTS

  • Provider: Capital City College Group
  • Start date: 11 January 2025
  • Location: London

NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

  • Provider: EKC GROUP
  • Start date: 01 August 2024
  • Location: Broadstairs

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