Assistant Engineer (RAM)

Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

The railway plays a critical role in connecting people, businesses and communities to support both regional and national economic growth. We run the safest railway in Europe, committed to getting everyone home safe every day. In our role as an asset management service organisation, Network Rail owns, operates, maintains and, where funded, enhances the railway infrastructure.

The Wales and Borders railway includes key commuter routes in and around Cardiff and the valleys as well as lines serving towns, cities, and rural and coastal communities on the North Wales coast and in Mid and West Wales. In partnership with key stakeholders and train and freight operating companies, we are working to build a railway that delivers quality rail infrastructure to passengers.

Our Control Period 6 (CP6) Strategic Business Plan for 2019-2024 supports our mission to run a safe, reliable, affordable and growing railway that better meets the needs of our customers and provides maximum value for taxpayers and our funders. It represents a total proposed investment of £2 billion across Wales and Borders, with a significant number of diverse schemes designed to deliver improvements at a local level, benefitting as many rail users as possible. It is an exciting time for Network Rail, with a clear mission, a winning team of dedicated employees and plans in place to deliver a better Wales and Borders of which we can all be proud.

Brief Description

Route Businesses plan, operate and maintain the railway day-to-day. Our business units - 'routes' - work closely with our customers, and are accountable for improving customer service, safety, and performance, as well as providing a value for money railway.

Asset Management brings Infrastructure Maintenance and Engineering together; giving greater decision making to the people directly involved ensuring delivery of required outputs efficiently and effectively. Functionally, its objectives are to develop and deliver policies, standards, technological solutions and to deliver maintenance works to these assets to facilitate the resourceful and cost effective management of the railway, today and for the future.

About the role

As Assistant Asset Engineer (Drainage and Off Track) you will support the Drainage and Off-Track Asset Engineers in the delivery of all asset renewals and ensure future works are planned and prioritised accordingly. You will work closely with the Maintenance teams from both Shrewsbury DU and Cardiff DU and ensure volumes are being met and providing Engineering expertise when required.

Key Accountabilities

1. Assist in the monitoring of trends of maintenance work undertaken, asset condition, asset failure and failure precursors to allow appropriate action to be specified.

2. Assist in the evaluation of the output from inspections and assessments of asset condition to enable renewal/repair proposals to be formulated.

3. Maintain comprehensive and accurate asset records

4. Direct the implementation of monitoring systems and undertake the review of monitoring results and other control measures.

5. Support the development of route specific plans including all maintenance and renewal activities and asset strategies, providing the prioritised investment work bank. Support the inclusion of all investment items into appropriate programmes and track through to completion including approval of programme changes.

6. Provide support to the production and prioritisation of the route business plan. Support the Asset Engineer (Drainage and Off-Track) in producing remits for investment schemes.

7. Monitor trends arising from Drainage and Off-Track maintenance inspection records and confirm that action is specified and taken and participate in investigations of incidents.

8. Liaise with community relations to support the resolution of drainage and off-track issues impacting on neighbours and third parties. Provide engineering input to the specification and management of geotechnical and drainage examination contracts. Investigate and resolve technical and quality issues with suppliers.

Do you have?


    HNC/HND or equivalent qualification in civil/geotechnical engineering

      Demonstrates communication skills at all levels

        Willingness to travel across the UK


          Member of Professional Institution

            Engineering/Asset Management experience

              Knowledge of engineering policies and standards

                An understanding of safety management systems and risk assessment techniques

                This is a 6 month fixed-term opportunity.

                How to apply

                Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

                Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

                Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

                Salary: £26,000

                Closing date:20/11/2019. Late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

                This vacancy is for a fixed term opportunity for 6 months.