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Overview of the role

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

Railway engineering design technician

Details of standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in small specialist firms to large multi-national and multi-disciplinary engineering or construction consultancies, to contractor and client organisations, where these organisations design, develop, install, maintain or manage rail infrastructure or rail systems. Railway engineering design technicians may also be found in specialist advisory organisations which consult on infrastructure financing or rail operation.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to prepare and produce railway engineering designs and provide technical support when planning the construction or maintenance of new or existing rail infrastructure, or their respective systems.

Railway engineering design technicians will use and apply engineering principles and techniques, to make decisions, solve problems, often across a range of disciplines such as signalling, rolling stock, track, systems, civil engineering, communications, electrification or electrical plant. They will also support in the development and production, analysis and planning of railway engineering designs that inform others, either internally or externally, where designs are utilised to construct, maintain or improve rail systems. Some technicians will also support in the surveying and checking of progress and quality factors of the technical design works on site.

In their daily work, employees interact with their line manager to confirm programmes of work and agree individual responsibilities, which in turn support the delivery of wider plans across engineering design teams. These teams could include engineers across a range of disciplines, clients, contractors, and project managers, where their collective outputs will be used to produce integrated railway engineering system design that is fit for purpose, safe, secure, environmentally sustainable, and meet client and industry specifications.
Technicians may also be exposed to other professional disciplines, such as surveyors, environmental impact assessors, planners and specialist suppliers; As well as liaising with internal colleagues across a variety of multidisciplinary areas, some technicians will also be responsible for working with clients, contractors, suppliers, or with representatives from appropriate regulatory bodies.
The majority of their time will be spent working in an office environment, with the potential for occasional work on railway sites, visiting customers or suppliers.

Employees are responsible for the delivery, quality and accuracy of the work and designs they complete, ensuring they are delivered within agreed time and resource limits, compliant with industry and regulatory standards, and to client specifications, including health, safety and wellbeing. They will typically report to an engineer or project manager as part of a cross functional team, the size of this team and responsibilities will vary depending on the scope of the project and size of the employer.

They are able to use their own judgement when undertaking the occupational duties and applying their technical knowledge, skills and behaviours in a range of contexts and environments. They use a range of tools and techniques, including digital techniques, such as CAD or BIM, to support technical problem solving and in the delivery of railway engineering designs. They also have a responsibility to plan and organise their own work and contribute to the management of projects using a variety of business processes, procedures, ways and methods of working. They are also responsible for their own continuing professional development and recognising their own obligations to society.

Typical job titles include:

Rail design technician Technician Assistant technician Junior technician Design technician Assistant designer

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for this Apprenticeship. Apprenticeship candidates will typically have at least 5 GCSEs at Grades A*-C / 9-5 including Maths, English and Science or their equivalent. Ideally, candidates will be strong in their mathematical ability, with many employers seeking GCSE Maths at Grade B/6 or equivalent.

 


Occupation duties

Duty

KSBs

Duty 1 Assist in the development of technical railway engineering solutions by carrying out calculations and analysing the outputs.

K1 K2 K3

S1 S2 S3

B2 B3

Duty 2 Ensure safe systems of work are applied, hazards and risks are identified and mitigated in their own work.

K2 K5 K6 K7

S1 S7 S8 S9

B1 B4

Duty 3 Ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations, including those in relation to sustainability.

K5 K6 K7 K8 K9

S6 S7 S8 S9 S11

B1 B5 B6

Duty 4 Communicate effectively with a range of audiences, such as internal and external stakeholders, and through the preparation of written reports and presentations.

K3 K4 K7 K10

S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S8 S9 S10 S12

B4 B5 B6

Duty 5 Undertake railway engineering design in a way that contributes to, or improves, the environment, safety, security and inclusion.

K5 K6 K7 K8 K9

S6 S7 S8 S9 S11

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 6 Contribute to railway engineering design solutions for clients or customers, by preparing and producing engineering drawings or models to engineering specifications, industry codes and regulations, standards and procedures.

K4 K5 K6

S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10

B1 B2 B3

Duty 7 Collect, interpret, analyse inter-related and often dynamic technical information and data, to support the production of safe and secure railway engineering designs using digital technologies, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

K3 K4

S3 S4 S5 S6

B2 B3 B6

Duty 8 Using the quality management and assurance systems available, proactively plan, manage and contribute the delivery of larger programmes of work.

K7

S6 S8

B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 9 Undertake railway engineering design with consideration for, and application of, ethical principles.

K9

S11

B6

Duty 10 Maintain their own learning and skills development by carrying out continuing professional development in line with professional codes of conduct and/or industry specifications and obligations.

K10

S12

B7


KSBs

Knowledge

K1: Core engineering principles, underpinned by appropriate mathematical, scientific and technical knowledge and understanding, relating to railway systems and the design process. Back to Duty

K2: Fundamental principles of rail and rail systems engineering and how they interface with each other. Back to Duty

K3: Key principles, techniques and methods of data collection, analysis and evaluation used in delivering railway engineering design and technical solutions. Back to Duty

K4: Technical drawings, modelling and methods, using computer-based software system/packages, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM), and their use in the sector. Back to Duty

K5: Statutory health and safety policies, procedures and regulations that must be adhered to in the railway engineering design environment. Back to Duty

K6: Industry policies, standards and regulations that must be adhered to in the railway engineering design environment. Back to Duty

K7: Project management, quality management and assurance systems and continuous improvement as applied to Railway Engineering Design. Back to Duty

K8: Principles of sustainable development as applied to Railway Engineering Design. Back to Duty

K9: Ethical principles as applied to Railway Engineering Design. Back to Duty

K10: The values and standards by which they maintain their professional and technical knowledge and skills through CPD. Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Apply core engineering principles, including mathematical, scientific and technical know-how, to railway systems and the design process. Back to Duty

S2: Apply key principles, techniques and methods of data collection, analysis and evaluation to support the delivery of valid railway engineering design and technical solutions. Back to Duty

S3: Plan and carry out calculations, data collection, analysis, evaluation, and report the outputs through appropriate means. Back to Duty

S4: Create technical drawings, plans and technical documentation using relevant conventions and engineering terminology related to railway systems. Back to Duty

S5: Operate appropriate software packages for data gathering and analysis, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM). Back to Duty

S6: Apply document control processes and procedures using the approved processes, maintaining quality compliance when creating or amending engineering and/or design documentation. Back to Duty

S7: Apply statutory health and safety policies, procedures and regulations in the railway engineering design environment, using risk assessment processes, procedures and documentation. Back to Duty

S8: 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. Back to Duty

S9: 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. Back to Duty

S10: Communicate using appropriate methods for the audience, and incorporate relevant and appropriate terms, standards and data. Back to Duty

S11: Apply sustainable and ethical principles to Railway Engineering Design. Back to Duty

S12: Plan, undertake and review their own professional competence, regularly updating and reviewing their CPD to improve performance. Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Complies with health and safety, and industry standards, statutory regulations and policies. Back to Duty

B2: Works independently, operating in a systematic, proactive and transparent way, using resources effectively to complete tasks, knowing their limitations and when to ask for support or escalate. Back to Duty

B3: Applies a structured approach to problem solving with attention to detail, accuracy and diligence. Back to Duty

B4: Is motivated when collaborating in teams, offering sensible challenge, reflects on and provides constructive feedback and contributes to discussions, demonstrating an awareness of diversity and inclusion issues. Back to Duty

B5: Acts professionally with a positive and respectful attitude; can reflect on own learning, is receptive to constructive feedback and resilient when facing challenge. Back to Duty

B6: Maintains professional and ethical working relationships with internal, external and connected stakeholders, recognising the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion. Back to Duty

B7: Takes responsibility for their own professional development, seeking opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills and experience. Back to Duty


Qualifications

English & Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Other mandatory qualifications

Pearson Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Engineering

Level: 3

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (Institution of Civil Engineers)

Level: 3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering

Level: 3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Level: 3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)

Level: 3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Rail Engineering Technician

Level: 3

Professional Recognition

This standard has professional recognition.

Body Level
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) EngTech
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET EngTech
Permanent Way Institution (PWI) EngTech


Additional details

Occupational Level:

3

Duration (months):

30

Review

This apprenticeship standard will be reviewed after three years

Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 3
Reference: ST0315
Version: 1.1
Date updated: 21/08/2020
Approved for delivery: 26 March 2015
Route: Construction
Typical duration to gateway: 30 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £18000
Trailblazer contact(s): csudworth@acenet.co.uk
Employers involved in creating the standard: Jacobs Engineering, Atkins, CH2MHill, Hyder Consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Tony Gee and Partners, URS, WSP, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Engineering technology (IET)
LARS Code: 24

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Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
1.1 End-point assessment, standard and funding band revised 21/08/2020 Not set Not set
1.0 Approved for delivery 26/03/2015 20/08/2020 Not set