Railway Signalling Design Engineer (Level 3)

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Help ensure the safe journeys of millions of people every day, and become a railway engineering design technician.

“Leaving school I went to work in a bank but decided to change my career when I learned about the opportunities a TfL apprenticeship offered.”

— Jonathan, Railway Signalling Design Engineer Apprentice


How long: 3 years
Where: London
Salary: £19,663 (reviewed in line with London Living Wage)

Scheme begins: September 2020


What you’ll need:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s A*-C or Grade 4 and above including Maths and English language or equivalent
  • To be 18 years of age 1st September 2020 to be eligible for this scheme

We’re looking for people who have:

  • An inquisitive, analytical mind
  • A willingness to learn
  • Resilience and adaptability

Our Railway Signalling Engineers focus on the assets that form the foundation of our transport system. These engineers are responsible for the design and acceptance of new signalling solutions across the underground utilising both legacy and modern types of signalling equipment. Systems developed by these engineers are responsible for the safe carriage of passengers and the delivery of an efficient and reliable train service.

During this scheme, you’ll learn aspects of the signalling infrastructure used on the underground from the trackside and train-borne equipment to the strategic need of signalling safety to enable the safe passage of trains and the carriage of our many customers.

What will I be doing?

As an apprentice, your 3 year development programme will be made up of up to six to nine placement rotations.

You will be involved in many aspects of the delivery of a major signalling system upgrade project.

You will assist in ensuring that designs meet the required specifications and apply project control processes, including risk assessment and hazard identification.

You will also undertake various Engineering Assurance activities, such as supporting the signalling product approval process and producing Written Notices to amend and clarify engineering standards.

You will employ a variety of Engineering Safety Management processes to ensure that risks associated with engineering changes are tolerance and reduced to as low as reasonably practicable.

You’ll gain hands-on experience of operational signalling equipment, ranging from 1950s technology through to modern solid state signal control computers.

Where can this career take me?

Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into the signalling design team, designing modifications to the existing signalling arrangements and contributing to the introduction of new signalling system which could lead to further career development opportunities such as signalling design engineer or a role in signalling testing & commissioning.

The activities undertaken as a Railway Signalling Engineering Design Apprentice will also stand you in good stead if you wish to become licensed with the Institute of Railway Signalling Engineers (IRSE).


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