Apprentice Railway Engineering Design Technician AECOM

A great opportunity for someone looking to work within an engineering design environment.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week


    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    03 Apr 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Technician Apprentice to work within the rail design team of AECOM.

The Apprentice can specialise in one of three specific disciplines:

  • Track and Civil Engineering
  • Signalling and Telecoms Engineering
  • Electrification and Plant (Mechanical or Electrical engineering)
  • The Apprentice Technician will learn to undertake designs associated with these railway specialisms.
  • The Apprentice will learn to use CAD systems, undertake calculations, undertake surveys, produce bills of quantity and produce and present reports.
  • Although the post is predominantly in one specific engineering function, the candidate will learn about the fundamentals of all types of railway engineering and its interfaces.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Competent in IT (Microsoft Office)
  • Good standard of written and oral presentation
  • The ability to create neat and accurate technical drawings
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Good level of grammar

Personal qualities

Talented, ambitious and enthusiastic, you should be curious about the world around you and always want to learn more. Interested in engineering, you'll need:

  • To be a team player who can assist with the planning, design and smooth running of a variety of projects.
  • Creativity, dedication, good communication skills and the confidence to present drawings, reports and information.
  • To be reliable, practical, self-motivated and willing to learn.
  • To be committed, punctual and well presented.
  • To enjoy using computers for design work, calculations and testing.

Qualifications required

  • At least 5 GCSE's at grade A*-C or equivalent including Maths (at Grade B), Science and English

Future prospects

The UK is currently seeing unprecedented investment in rail with huge projects set to transform our aging network for the future.
The Government has committed £38bn over the next 5 years to ensure that the UK has the world class infrastructure we need to compete at a global level. The rail industry is facing a skills gap and needs Apprentices to develop into railway design engineers to support this investment.

Things to consider

The role will generally be based in one of our offices. However it may be required to work in other client offices, if we need to second a design team on a particular project.

Please ensure that you can travel to the location of the vacancy everyday before applying. Travel costs to and from your normal place of work are not recoverable. However, any travel (or other) expenses for travelling to other offices would be recoverable

About the employer

AECOM is a leading provider of engineering, construction, and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. We offer strategic consultancy and multidisciplinary professional services in the Engineering & Facilities, Environment & Planning, Infrastructure, Major Projects and Project Management Construction Management sectors.

Within the UK it has a team of 650 specialist rail professionals that design rail infrastructure here in the UK and overseas.




Sunley House

Bedford Park



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Training provider

A week long residential course, held within the first three months of the Apprenticeship, aimed at providing the Apprentices with an awareness and a practical understanding of the fundamental principles in track, civil engineering, structures, traction, signalling mechanical and electrical equipment and plant and how each of these interface with others.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering which will deliver most of the knowledge components of the Apprenticeship.This will be delivered by a training provider appointed by STEGTA.

A portfolio of evidence which will capture the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the workplace and , through a series of regular short reports, demonstrate how they have integrated the knowledge and skills they have acquired to contribute to a work place project.

The End Point Assessment which will be carried out by the relevant Professional Engineering Institution and will be based on two elements: A portfolio of evidence and Structured Reports.

Apprenticeship standard

Rail Design > Railway Engineering Design Technician

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Salford & Trafford Engineering Group Training Association Limited


Nicola McGivern

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