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: £19,268

What you’ll need:

  • 5 GCSE’s A*-C/ grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including maths and English language.
  • To be 18 years old by 1 September 2019

We’re looking for people who have:

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

Our Railway Signalling Design 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.

The safe movement of trains is the lifeblood of the city, learning and contributing to how we enable the safe and efficient carriage of the public allowing them carry out their daily activities bringing wealth to the nation.


What will I be doing:

To ensure that you gain sufficient breath and depth to build up your portfolio of engineering experience and knowledge, all Railway Signalling Engineering Apprentices will undertake the following placements: Major Projects, Train Control System, Maintenance, Design Office and Control & Information.

You’ll gain a wide understanding across these placements including ensuring designs meet required specifications, including risk assessment and hazard identification to Incident Investigations to identify root causes and recommend solutions and improvements as well as drawing CAD drawings and change control activities.

Where can this career take me?

Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could join the signalling design team, designing modifications to the existing signalling arrangements and contributing to the introduction of new signalling system.

This 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 pursue a licensed role with the Institute of Railway Signalling Engineers (IRSE).


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“I chose TfL because it has a great reputation, strong brand and purpose that I wanted to be a part of.

I’m looking forward to completing my qualification and along the way, discovering the area that gets me the most inspired.”