Career outlook for rail engineering technician
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would build and repair railway engines and carriages so people can travel in safe and comfortable trains.
You would install, check and repair the mechanical and electrical systems in train engines, passenger carriages and other railway vehicles.
- Help to build new engines and carriages
- Fit new carriages with upholstery, lighting, control panels and communication systems
- Inspect bodywork, roofs and under-carriages for wear and tear or damage
- Repair or replace parts
- Make new parts where necessary
- Do regular checks on systems like brakes and couplings
- Test mechanical, electrical and pneumatic systems
- Write reports and update maintenance records
For most tasks you would use different hand and power tools, including welding equipment. You’d follow technical plans drawn up by senior technicians or engineers.
You would work closely with other craftspeople such as carpenters, painters, upholsterers and sheet metal workers.
It would be important to know about safe working practices and quality standards for the industry.
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