Degree Apprenticeship

Degree Apprenticeship - Rail & Rail Systems Engineer

Manchester & York. Multiple vacancies. Open to all STEM.

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Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today's built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world. 

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Our apprenticeships allow you to study for an academic qualification while working and learning alongside respected, technical professionals. You'll combine your learning experience with real responsibilities in the workplace. A dedicated mentor and our learning and development team will guide you through your personal and professional development. 

Overview of the role:  

Right now, we're looking for a Railway Systems Engineering apprentices to join our teams in Manchester & York. From your first day you'll join a community of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards an accredited qualification. 

You'll help us to deliver effective and professional services for a range of varied and high-profile clients. While you'll have a great deal of responsibility from day one, we'll give you the chance to take on more as you progress and broaden your skills. 

Railway engineering design technicians will use and apply engineering principles and techniques, to make decisions, solve problems, often across a range of disciplines such as signalling, rolling stock, track, systems, civil engineering, communications, electrification or electrical plant. They will also support in the development and production, analysis and planning of railway engineering designs that inform others, either internally or externally, where designs are utilised to construct, maintain or improve rail systems. Some technicians will also support in the surveying and checking of progress and quality factors of the technical design works on site. You'll help us to deliver effective and professional services for a range of varied and high-profile clients such as Network Rail, HS2, and many others. As part of your apprenticeship, you'll study towards a Level 6 qualification in Rail & Rail Systems Engineering with one of our local partner universities.  

You'll support a variety of different work, including: 

  • Production of engineering drawings and sketches, including 3D or 2D computer drawings 
  • Production of Building Information Models (BIM) (depending on the specifics of the role) 
  • Preparation of simple engineering calculations 
  • Contributing to solutions for design challenges 
  • Taking part in design meetings, site visits, presentations and workshops 
  • Helping with the administration of projects 

Additional information on our three roles can be found below: 

 What we're looking for:  

We're looking for dynamic and dedicated individuals to join us as apprentices. If you are keen to build a fulfilling career in the design engineering sector and deliver excellent services for clients, we'd like to hear from you. 

We're looking for the following qualifications, attributes and skills: 

  • Five or more GCSEs (grade C/4 or above) including English and Science 
  • Grade B/5 or above in Maths at GCSE 
  • BBC at A Level including mathematics or a mathematics-based subject plus at least one other from physics, physical science, engineering science, computer science, technology, chemistry or other science or technology subject or equivalent qualification 
  • Confident working with numbers 
  • The ability to produce neat and accurate technical drawings 
  • Interest in using computers for design work, calculations and testing 
  • The ability to organise your own work and always be on time 
  • Good communication skills 
  • The ability to work as part of a team 
  • Lots of enthusiasm for this learning and development opportunity 

You must be available to start this opportunity in August 2022. 

What we offer you:  

  • Beyond a great salary and stimulating, technically challenging work, Arup offers a range of additional benefits to its people. 
  • As a membership organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme. Our people also have access to a range of broader wellbeing benefits. 
  • You'll have access to lots of learning opportunities including a structured induction and ongoing training through Arup university. 
  • Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to utilise your technical expertise to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in the communities in which we live and work through Arup's community engagement programme.  

Next steps:  

Complete the application form, attaching any required documents. We'll be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in advance of the application deadline. Our assessment centres for this opportunity will take place from January 2022. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • January 10th, 2022
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Manchester and York
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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