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Map Your Career in Rail

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Rebekah Valero-Lee Candidate Advice

Looking for a career in rail? Civil Engineering is a broad term covering several special areas of engineering and you could be employed in a variety of sectors including: Coastal and marine, environment, power, structural work and highway and transportation. In this instance, we are focusing on rail. Essential skills which exist at all levels are STEM, technical, communication and critical thinking.

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Intern/ Graduate Engineer/ Assistant Engineer

To become a Civil Engineer you need A levels in Maths, Physics and Design which then follows on to a HNC, HND or Undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. These qualifications alongside work experience are also important for gaining chartered status later on in your career. Usually, you will start your professional life on a company’s’ graduate scheme, which give you the opportunity to get involved in projects under the supervision of a mentor.
Job Titles: Engineering Technician / Junior CAD Technician

Engineer

Along with education, it’s important to develop your technical knowledge and business skills. You could also help your career development by working towards incorporated or chartered status in addition to qualification related to what sector you’re in which in this case is rail.
Job Titles: Staff Engineer

Senior Engineer

By this point an ICE membership is recommended as well as on the way to chartered status and have relevant vocational qualifications such as a CSCS card or SMSTS. Several years of civil engineering experience and management experience is also necessary alongside experience operating at main contractor level.
Job Titles: Design Engineers, Project Engineer, Planning Engineer

Senior Technical Roles

Chartered status and an ICE membership is now highly desired as well as over ten years’ experience in this sector. An in-depth knowledge of a particular sector is essential, for example, geotechnical and drainage engineering policies for a Senior Asset Engineer position.
Job Titles: Senior Asset Engineer, Technical Advisor

Management Roles

Chartered status and an ICE membership is now highly desired as well as over ten years’ experience in this sector. It’s essential to have established capability to lead a team with exposure to 3 or more projects of a similar nature and scale to the job description. On top of this, a high standard of technical skills and relevant background experience are also a must.
Job Titles: Consulting Engineer, Lead/Supervising Engineer

Head of Business Unit

With over 15 years’ experience compromising of technical and management experience, this role is usually now responsible for the strategic direction of engineering. Working knowledge of various software’s and processes in your preferred sector are also a must.
Job Titles: Technical Leader, Engineering Principal Manager

Chief Engineer

With over 15 years’ experience compromising of technical and management experience, this role compromises of planning and managing the engineering resource. Experience in managing major projects and working with project teams is also essential.
Job Titles: Technical Director, Associate Principal

Are you looking for a career in rail, click on the job titles or, we have a variety of Rail Civil Engineering Jobs, click here for more information.

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