Network Rail Electrical engineering conversion programme 2016


Eversholt Street 1



United Kingdom


Tel+44 20 7557 8000

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Network Rail
Network Rail
9 Months
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Non-railway electrical engineers can make the transition to the rail industry through our specialised conversion programme

Our mission is to revitalise Britain’s railway infrastructure, we value the knowledge engineers from a non-railway background bring to our business. This is why we have invested heavily in a conversion engineering programme to enable you to make a successful, professionally rewarding and seamless transition to our industry. This year we are collaborating with our industry partners and have vacancies at both Network Rail and at our partner organisations.

Discover the kind of engineering that works for you

Electrical, mechanical or systems, your passion is engineering. It’s got you where you are today: an HND or Degree qualified engineer who is used to applying engineering principles every day. With work based engineering experience, you are credible, commercially astute, decisive and articulate.

Isn’t it time you teamed-up with people who are as passionate about engineering as you are? Time you fully used – and enhanced – the skills you have? Time you worked on some of the biggest projects in engineering today, carrying out work of vital national importance?

What kind of engineers are we after?

Railway engineering may or may not be an option you have considered before. But many engineers have made the switch from backgrounds as diverse as the Armed Forces, mining, nuclear fuels and construction. You will become an electrification engineer and will combine time in your job with time studying for a Post Graduate Diploma over the first nine months.

The programme

The nine month programme will equip you with a solid bank of railway-specific electrical engineering experience, as well as leading to a highly regarded industry qualification.

Throughout the programme, you will spend periods of time receiving classroom-based tuition at both Sheffield Hallam University and our residential training centre in Coventry, with periods on site in your job. This blended learning will give you the opportunity to put your new found skills into practice.

Your on-site training will see you tackling basic tasks and then developing into more advanced technical railway engineering as you progress through the programme. This will mean liaising with people at all levels in the organisation, as well as those who will become your colleagues in your final post.

The programme will culminate in the achievement of a Postgraduate Diploma in Railway Infrastructure Engineering awarded by Sheffield Hallam University. Be warned, though: academic study while learning technical skills is never easy and completing the programme will demand considerable commitment on your part.

Salary, benefits and locations

When you join the programme, you will receive a salary of £32,000 rising to £34,000 dependant on you passing the course. You will also receive a contributory pension, generous annual leave and participate in the general bonus scheme.

From day one of the course, you will be assigned to an office or engineering depot as chosen on your application. The majority of your work placements will be held here and this will be where you will work when you finish the course.

Long-term career prospects

You will be employed in either our Infrastructure Projects team at Network Rail or one of our partner organisations. There will be exciting opportunities and fantastic management support through the course, whichever company you choose.

You will have exceptional scope for career progression as we work together to transform Britain’s railway. After you finish the conversion programme, we will continue to give you professional support and development to further your experience and knowledge base.

How do I apply?

The January 2015 scheme for new applications is closed. Please revisit this page ( in Summer 2015 when we'll take applications for the 2016 programme.