Railway Maintenance Engineering Technician - Overhead Line

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Railway maintenance engineering technicians (overhead line) inspect, adjust, repair and alter the overhead line equipment (OLE) to keep trains running smoothly and safely.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Apprentices’ yearly salary:

Food and accommodation are provided free during the first year.

Once qualified, you can earn a salary of between £18,000 and £22,000 a year. Experienced technicians can earn up to around £29,000 a year.


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Getting In

Employment is with Network Rail, which is responsible for maintaining around 3,000 miles of track and related infrastructure in Scotland.

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

Whatever your specialism, there are opportunities to move on within the organisation and become a team leader. With further experience, you could work on larger projects as a project engineer or manager.

More Information


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Network Rail
Tel: 020 7557 8000
Website (2):
Twitter: @networkrailJOBS

Network Rail is the company with responsibility for all aspects of the railway infrastructure, including the track, bridges, viaducts, tunnels, level crossings, stations and signalling systems.

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