Graduate Build Engineer – Off Highway Plant

Automotive, Mechanical, Mechatronics.


Rail-Ability Ltd, established in 1998, has become the industry leader in the design, development and manufacturer of bespoke road rail plant machinery. Our award-wining products are renowned for their inbuilt safety, reliability and performance by a world-wide customer base

As a Graduate Build Engineer, you will be involved in development and build of prototype and existing products. You will be relied upon to aid prototyping and generate build documentation to facilitate safe, efficient, and repeatable production of machines. 

You will assist the production team with first of type machines to ensure a seamless handover from development to production. You will work with production technicians and managers throughout the build process to ensure changes are accurately captured. 

You will be given the support and coaching required to develop your technical capability and business understanding. The size and organisation structure of Rail-Ability means you will be responsible for innovative and challenging projects. 


  • Validation and test, predictive techniques, rig testing & whole machine testing
  • Build & documentation of prototype machines.
  • Validation of build documentation
  • Refinement of designs based on prototype build & test failures.
  • Existing component design improvements to resolve quality issues or save cost.
  • Requirements definition including BS EN ISO standards & critical customer requirements.
  • Communication with suppliers to correctly specify components, ensuring quality & reliability.
  • Involvement in project management to meet critical deadlines.
  • Using schematics, assemble first of types and prototype products.
  • Sub-assemble hydraulic and pneumatic system components from engineering drawings and build documents. 
  • Building of mechanical systems from engineering drawings and bill of materials.
  • Undertaking the refurbishment, repair, maintenance and rebuilding of heavy plant and machinery. 
  • Fault-finding and diagnostics of Engines, Electronic, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, and mechanical systems.
  • Produce 2D/3D CAD and engineering drawings.
  • Assist in producing technical build documentation for mechanical and hydraulic systems.
  • Identify and communicate engineering change requirements for mechanical and hydraulic systems.
  • Assist in production roll-out, training for production runs, and support with production builds.
  • Perform QC inspections on production machines.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Degree in Automotive, Agricultural, Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • Demonstrable experience of off highway machinery
  • Understanding of product build requirements, SOPS and QC procedures
  • Understanding of hydraulic and electrical systems and schematics

We have immediate start and summer 2024 start opportunities for this role.


Rail-Ability offers a highly competitive benefits package; holiday accrual scheme; flexible working hours; free on-site parking; mentoring and training programmes; staff loyalty at partnered restaurants. 

Hours of work are 42.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. You have a chance to make a real contribution in a very successful and ambitious business

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How to Apply

If you would like an initial discussion to see if this role might be right for you, please email your CV, cover letter and contact details to Ian Harrison, HR Manager at: 

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  • Deadline
  • Starting
    Immediate Start
  • Salary
    £36,000 - £38,000 + benefits
  • Degree required
    2:1 and above
  • Location
    Stafford (West Midlands)
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Automotive
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
Also Accepting...
  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Structural
  • Systems
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