Level 2 Engineering: Rail Track Maintenance

Improving and managing transport networks such as roads and railways is vital to keeping people, goods and services moving. It's a huge task that's essential to Britain’s economy.

This course is for anyone who wants to prove competence of the level of skills required of basic track operatives. This introductory qualification will enable them to access the trackside and work safely and effectively in routine work under close supervision. Usually basic track operatives will work with contractors or hired through agencies for specific duties. Due to the safety critical nature of the rail industry, it is important that they are able to prove their competence at this level, not only the knowledge but the practical skills required for the role as well. All full-time learners will be expected to attend skills sessions as well as their chosen vocational course. You will also be asked to attend tutorial sessions as part of your full-time course timetable.

What Will I Learn?

• Prepare to undertake duties in the rail industry • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements • Dismantle and remove Permanent Way assets and components

• Install permanent way assets and components • Prepare small plant, measuring equipment and tools for Permanent Way renewal or maintenance • Reinstate the work site after Permanent Way engineering activities • Introduction to health and safety in construction • Setting out and laying gravel paths • Laying paving slabs/Laying block paving Constructing one brick walling • Mixing and using concrete

Entry Requirements

You will require 4 GCSEs A*-D that must include Maths/Numeracy, English Language/Welsh (First Language) and Science or another Level 1 qualification with the appropriate selection and grades of units. You will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy to establish any support required.


You will submit a range of evidence to your portfolio. You will be assessed through direct observation, writing job reports and photographic evidence.

Career Progression

Upon completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering, you can progress within the industry in becoming a Skilled Track Operative. Further progression routes can include industry specific roles such as Lookout/Site Warden, Controller of Site Safety and Engineering Supervisor.

Further Notes

You will be required to purchase PPE/High Visibility workwear (£40) & steel toe capped boots. Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied.

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Course Details
Level:Level 2
Mode:Full Time
Start Date:02/09/2024
Course Code:04F227NA
FT Registration Fee: £15

Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study.

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