Level 4

Advanced Rail Engineering Technician


4 years


Rush Green Campus


Flexible dates


Adult 19+



Rail Engineering Technicians provide technical support to Rail Engineers. The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of “The Railway” (infrastructure and trains); track (including minor works), overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications, traction & rolling stock and rail systems. Apprentices will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline.

During the programme modules will include:

  • The scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design principles
  • Safe and Professional working practices
  • How to work effectively and contribute to engineering solutions and innovation
  • How the railway works commercially

You will be required to follow one of the following specialisms:

Track Advanced Technician, Electrification Advanced Technician, Overhead Lines Advanced Technician, Telecoms Advanced Technician, Signalling Advanced Technician, Traction & Rolling Stock Advanced Technician, Rail Systems Advanced Technician

And may also be required to complete:

  • Level 4 Rail Engineering (Competence)
  • Level 4 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)

To achieve the apprenticeship standard all components must be completed, including Functional skills at the required level if the apprentice doesn’t have exemptions. All apprenticeship standards include an end point assessment which is required to complete the standard.

A-C or 4-9 GCSE

Working a minimum of 30 hours per week

Upon successful completion of the Rail Engineering Advanced Technician programme learners can choose to continue their development through a Level 6 Apprenticeship.

On successful completion of your apprenticeship you'll have satisfied the requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant Professional Engineering Institutions.

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