A train maintenance technician maintains and repairs trains and other railway equipment and machinery to the highest standards, ensuring safety and comfort for both passengers and crew. They are also known as traction and rolling stock technicians or engineers or fleet maintenance engineers.
You could be:
cleaning, maintaining, servicing and repairing a wide range of railway equipment and machinery
working on engines, wagons, carriages and other rolling stock, cranes and power supplies
working on both diesel engine and electric trains, or specialising in one of these
making regular checks on equipment according to a planned schedule
carrying out regular maintenance work such as cleaning and oiling
locating faults, carrying out repairs and replacing parts
checking and adjusting instruments to make sure they are working correctly
using various technical manuals and a wide range of tools and electronic testing equipment.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries may be based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.15 an hour (1 April 2020). Some companies pay their trainees around £18,000 a year.
Qualified technicians earn up to around £45,000 a year or more.
You would work mainly indoors in a workshop.
Sometimes, you might have to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
You may have to lift heavy items.
You would work with oily and dirty machinery.
You would wear protective clothing such as overalls, hard hat and safety boots.
You will work shifts including evenings and weekends.