Graduate Electrical Engineer, Warwick
I’m an electrical engineer on the graduate scheme at Network Rail. The graduate scheme consists of rotational placements within different departments, and I’m currently working in asset management after having previously worked in maintenance.
Network Rail offers lots of employee benefits such as employee networks, a generous leave package and support towards achieving relevant qualifications. As well as the chance to work on exciting large scale infrastructure projects and the chance to gain new technical skills. It was a no-brainer.
Meeting new people with a breadth of experiences and different outlooks! Everyone is really friendly and is willing to help you as long as you’re willing to learn. In my first year I’ve had the opportunity to manage a great project and win an award for it. It’s really helped grow my confidence!
Be enthusiastic. As long as you’re willing to learn and bring your best self to work every day, there’s a job for you at Network Rail.
I’ve found that most people at Network Rail have a good work-life balance and the company encourages this. I feel really supported by both my managers and my scheme team.
I work as an Ecologist. I’m part of the Environment Team. We’re responsible for ensuring that all the vegetation management, fencing and drainage work we do is to government environmental standards.
It provides good employee benefits and a flexible approach to working. The fact that our route covers all the way from London Euston to Gretna in Scotland also means I can work in different areas of the country and across a variety of different ecological areas.
Problem solving and adapting ecological practices to be effective and best accommodate a working railway.
Gain experience in ecology through volunteering in an area that you have a particular interest in, and find out about the opportunities at Network Rail, one of the country’s biggest landowners.
Network Rail has been supportive of a good work life balance. They can offer supported flexible working and understand that it’s important for everyone to achieve a balance between their work commitments and home life.
I’m a Maintenance Engineer for Electrification and Plant equipment. I lead a team that maintains equipment that provides electric power for electric traction and signalling systems.
I joined Network Rail as an apprentice. I was attracted by the breath of opportunity available. I am currently focused on my current maintenance role but I am looking forward to exploring more of the industry in the future.
The moments of chaos when a fault comes through. I enjoy the challenge that comes with dealing with emergency situations and working with others to resolve it.
Make yourself standout from the crowd. I am seeing more women and men applying to join Network Rail, so do all that you can to stand out from the rest.
Yes, I have a 5 month old daughter and love the fact that I get to be with her at home often. If things change, I have the option to take on flexible working to allow me and my wife to look after her and be available when needed.
I’m acting Chief Mechanical and Electrical Engineer at Network Rail. I’m accountable for setting out the strategy and the policies for engineering and asset management within Network Rail and deliver really world-class engineering strategy to make sure that as a railway, we perform for our passengers.
The contribution the industry makes to society, by moving people and freight. I wanted to work in an industry with the ability to make a difference.
Both the challenges and opportunities it offers. The most exciting project I’ve worked on was the West-Coast Modernisation project, especially the re-modelling of Milton Keynes where we are based. It was great seeing the transformation and being part of it.
Never give up, dream big and believe in yourself.
It allows me to have a good life balance as work is an integral part of my life. It’s obviously challenging at times as it is for anyone; however, Network Rail’s family friendly policies allow me the flexibility I need to carry out my job and to spend time with my family, including my six year old daughter.
As a Control Manager you will lead a team of Controllers who manage incidents and emergencies affecting the operational railway, including the response to incidents and recovery of train services. Every day is different, you never know what you’re going to get! If a major incident occurs, your schedule for the day will alter. There are plenty of opportunities to further develop your skills and knowledge within operations so there is lots of room for progression.
An integral part of our vision for a better railway is using the most effective trackside signals to control the safe movement of trains. As a Signaller you ensure the trains pass through your area of control safely. At a moment’s notice a Signaller is required to respond to any operational incidents and provide a safe working environment for any railway undertaking and external response staff. Above all, safety is paramount to the role. We have signaller locations throughout Britain, some roles are in our smaller local signal boxes, some are in our state of the art control centres. No previous railway experience is required to be a signaller, we provide the training for you. We are looking for people who are organised with attention to detail, can multi task and have good communication skills.
Assistant Track Maintenance Engineers
Working with Track Maintenance Engineers, you would be responsible for ensuring we can run a safe and reliable railway for our customers. This work is varied and involves planning where track machinery should be and checking and improving the quality of track. It also involves making sure inspections are carried out on schedule, briefing out engineering information to other teams and generally being a key point of call for track and engineering decisions.
Whichever career path you choose as an engineering apprentice, you'll be working to transform this vast network of rail, signals, electrified lines and telecommunications to get them ready for the future. The subjects you will cover will depend on your choice of discipline. For example as a Track apprentice you will cover mechanical principles or as a Signalling apprentice you will cover electrical assembly. The vital work you will be doing will help keep the lines safe.
We give every employee the chance to build a successful career with us. We encourage all our employees to be ambitious, and offer great training and career development opportunities. As the railway becomes bigger and more technologically advanced, it’s crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead.
We’re proactive in empowering employees with the knowledge to help them progress. We believe that investing in our people is one of the most effective ways of improving the safety, reliability and efficiency of the railway.