Assistant Asset Engineer

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Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. From the rejuvenation of King's Cross station and the upgrade and expansion of Thameslink, to Europe's largest civil engineering project - Crossrail.We are involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures the UK has ever seen. This will help us deliver the better railway that is vital for the economic prosperity of this country, transforming how people travel and make a massive difference to passengers and freight user's right across Britain.

Network Operations plans, operates and maintains 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.

Brief Description

This post is within the Eastern Region Structures Route Asset Management (RAM) Department.

For this role you will need a range of problem-solving abilities and lateral thinking to manage a range of assets from 1825 - 2020. You will learn about a vast range of construction types, materials and structures and how to maintain them in a safe operational condition within the access constraints of a modern railway.

Your academic qualifications will be supplemented by an internal development programme to give you the tools you need to manage these assets - a combination of site inspections and desktop studies. You will be part of a team of other Engineers with a range of specialties and experience who will help mentor you through this learning process.

The Eastern Region Asset Portfolio consists of the following Structure types and approximate numbers.The average asset age throughout Eastern Region is 100 years old.

  • 2830Retaining Walls
  • 430Footbridges
  • 4100Culverts
  • 300Viaducts (5 Spans or more)
  • 2000Over Line Bridges
  • 3100Under Line Bridges
  • 150Tunnels

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

    Assist the Asset Engineers in the compliance data management of examinations, monitoring and assessment of Structures assets and undertake the evaluation of outputs in accordance with policy, systems and national standards. Use trend data and identify failure precursors to make informed decisions and apply appropriate engineering judgement.

      Identify, prioritise and specify appropriate actions based upon compliance data management of defect recommendations, engineering comments and Structures issues raised in outputs. Implement appropriate safeguarding, maintenance and renewal in line with policy and processes.

        Undertake compliance data management of risk assessments of Structures or components to support the asset management processes in accordance with policy, systems and national standards.

          Undertake compliance data management of mitigation actions to reduce the impact of adverse weather (Flooding, Ice etc.) and environmental impacts (Scour etc.) on the performance of Structures assets.

            Key role requirement is the creation/maintenance of support tools to assist in the management of asset data to a high standard and its alignment throughout Network Rail's systems and processes.

              Develop your Engineering knowledge and judgement towards obtaining an 'STE01 Structures Management' competency to ensure that Network Rails Structures remain fit and safe for use, as per NR/SP/CTM/017.

                Review the completion data of safety critical maintenance work reports to confirm the activity has appropriately addressed the problem and aligns with the remits.

                  Manage the various public enquires and interfaces regarding Network Rails Structures and respond appropriately in a timely manner

                    Assist in the management of Close Calls data allocated against the structures Route Asset Management department to ensure the route addresses identified safety risks.

                      Join the Assistant Asset Engineer forum to achieve collaborative departmental objectives and develop core professional skills and experience.

                      It is imperative you have…

                        HND in Civil Engineering qualification in Civil and/or Structural Engineering

                          An awareness of general engineering principles and the need for policies/standards.

                            Proficient IT skills including use of Microsoft Excel, Outlook and general data management/manipulation.

                              Knowledge of Continuous Improvement (Lean/Kaizen) and Assurance processes

                                An understanding of safety management systems and risk assessment techniques

                                  Aspiring to complete a Professional Engineering Qualification (Eng Tech, IEng, CEng) *.

                                  *Please note; support will be offered towards attaining a professional engineering qualification, this will either be a Training Agreement or Career Appraisal subject to candidate experience.Support can also be provided to bridge the academic gap from BSc/BEng to meet the MSc/MEng academic requirements for CEng via Experiential Learning.

                                  It is advantageous if you have…

                                    Degree in Civil Engineering qualification in Civil and/or Structural Engineering

                                      EngTech MICE

                                        A sound knowledge of Structures Engineering principles, policies and standards

                                          Knowledge or Appreciation of Structures Assessment

                                            Degree in Civil Engineering qualification in Civil and/or Structural Engineering

                                              EngTech MICE

                                                A sound knowledge of Structures Engineering principles, policies and standards

                                                  Knowledge or Appreciation of Structures Assessment

                                                  • Currently a member of either the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).

                                                  How to apply (External)

                                                  External 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. Network Rail positively embraces flexible working, recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life. We will consider all flexible working applications.

                                                  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 benefitsincluding 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 positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                                                  Salary: £25,000 - £30,000

                                                  Closing date: 13/07/2020, late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.