Rail track maintenance worker
Rail construction and maintenance operatives > Rail Track Maintenance Worker
Engineering and maintenance | Transport
Rail track maintenance workers inspect and repair railway tracks, bridges, tunnels and viaducts.
£18,000 Starter - £34,000 Experienced
45 to 47 a week (evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipapplying directly
You'll find it useful to take an engineering qualification at college before looking for work. Relevant courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
- Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Engineering Technology
You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course.
You could get into this job through a Level 2 apprenticeship like:
rail engineering operative. These are offered by companies like Network Rail and Transport for London.
You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for a Level 2 apprenticeship.
You could apply directly to work as a rail track maintenance worker. You'll usually start as a trainee. You'll find it useful to have GCSEs including English and maths, and experience of manual work in a related role like construction or engineering.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- the ability to work well with others
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be flexible and open to change
- leadership skills
- observation and recording skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
In your day-to-day tasks you may:
- install and renew track, tunnels, embankments, cuttings, level crossings and bridges
- check sections of track are the correct distance apart and right height
- inspect tracks for defects
report and clear potential obstacles, for example after bad weather
- survey sections of track to identify maintenance needs
- report accidents and incidents
- perform lookout and hand signalling duties during trackside operations
You could work on rail tracks.
Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could be promoted to supervisor or team leader. With further training, you could become a track inspector, engineering technician, track designer or manager.