Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers

£21,840 Average salary at age 20
£52,000 Average Salary
45 Average hours per week


Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers erect, fit, assemble and repair rolling stock parts and sub-assemblies, and test and adjust new engines for trains.

Main Tasks

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate methods and sequence of operations;
  • Fits and assembles parts and/or metal sub-assemblies to make train engines;
  • Examines rolling stock for defects, removes, replaces and repairs faulty parts;
  • Inspects and tests new and repaired machinery for conformity with standards and specifications;
  • Oils and greases train engines;
  • Maintains record of repairs and maintenance carried out.


Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, a GNVQ/ GSVQ or a BTEC/SQA award. Apprenticeships in Engineering Maintenance at NVQ/SVQ Level 3 are available.

UK Prospects

11600 Workforce Size
10.48% Predicted decline 2020 - 2027
1439 Predicted Replacement 2020 - 2027

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