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Rail traction and rolling stock engineering apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the rail traction and rolling stock engineering sector.

Trains are made up of locomotives (otherwise known as traction), carriages (for passengers, wagons (for cargo) and multiple unit stock (rolling stock). They must be maintained and repaired so they operate safely and efficiently.

Training opportunities

Your training will include:

  • carrying out inspections of traction and rolling stock
  • using appropriate tools and equipment and problem solving skills to find faults
  • maintaining and replacing the components in the traction and rolling stock assets

The majority of the work happens at night when the carriages and multiple units are not needed to carry customers. The engineering skills required are a combination of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

Types of apprenticeships

This is an advanced level apprenticeship. You’d train as a traction and rolling stock technician.

Apply for a rail traction and rolling stock engineering apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education