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Rail Engineering

Available for: 16-19, Higher Education, Apprenticeships,


Rail Engineering courses offered at PROCAT include rail traction and rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications. These courses are offered as apprenticeships with known companies within the industry, including Eurostar, Thales, Bombardier, Telent and TFL

It is an exciting time to think about becoming a Rail Engineer, with the announcement of the biggest investment in rail infrastructure since the Victorian era.

Course Details

What you will study

In the first year of the programme you will gain practical skills and knowledge, including specialist courses and permits, for working on the railway. You will eventually work towards either a BTEC Diploma or Higher Apprenticeship, with the objective of gaining the relevant competency licenses to practice. 

The importance of maths and English in daily life is beyond question. Almost every job requires the ability to read, write and use numbers confidently. This is vital in Construction or Engineering, where you will be expected to price jobs, and measure and complete tasks to precision. Hence, English and Maths qualifications are an essential element of your Further Education and Apprenticeship training.

Grade D or below you must study Functional Skills
Grade C or above do not need Functional Skills 

Type of work

Apprentices completing a PROCAT Higher Apprenticeship pathways are provided with excellent preparation towards professional registration and progression to Incorporated Engineer registration via the Level 6 framework and/or experience. The nature of the work means that you should be willing to work unsociable hours, including nights. 

Courses available

Rail Engineering Operative

Level 2 Apprenticeship

Location: TUCA - London
Duration: 2 years
Study Format: 5 days per week for first year and then block release apprenticeship

Rail Engineering Technician

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Location: TUCA - London
Duration: 3 years
Study Format: 5 days per week for first year and then block release apprenticeship

Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

Location: TUCA - London
Duration: 3 years (or 2 years if progressing from Advanced Apprenticeship)
Study Format: 1 day per week (day release apprenticeship)


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