Introduction to the Rail Industry - Level 2
Start Date: 5th September 2022
More about the course
Are you interested in rail engineering? Do you have what it takes to work in one of the the UK's fastest growing industries?
This Introduction to the Rail Industry course includes everything you need to know when starting your journey in the rail industry, such as employment rights and communication in the workplace.
You will study at Newcastle College's Rail and Civil Engineering Academy, where you will learn in a real working environment. This industry standard facility features rail track bays, signalling and telecommunications equipment, OLE (Overhead Line Electrification) equipment and essential track maintenance tools.
- 5 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and maths
- Level 1 in a related subject
What will I achieve?
If you complete this course successfully, you will be awarded a Level 2 EAL Certificate in Rail Engineering
What will I learn?
- Health and safety
- Employment rights and business structure
- Communication in the workplace
- Engineering science
- Technical design
- Railway maintenance
How is the course taught?
- Group work
- Practical work
- Scenario based tasks
- Work placements
How am I assessed?
- Portfolio of work
- Practical assessments
- Simulated rail scenarios
Work experience opportunities
Students studying Introduction to the Rail Industry benefit from work experience opportunities with employers such as Network Rail, Nexus and Ganymede Solutions.
English and Maths
Engineering relies heavily on English and maths and both subjects will be embedded into your programme, through use of the phonetic alphabet, producing reports, calculating weight distribution, ratios and formulae.
If you don't hold English and/or maths GCSE at grade 4 or above you will be supported with dedicated lessons to help you achieve English and maths qualifications.
Where can I progress?
You can progress to Rail Engineering - Level 3 when you successfully complete this course.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in Rail?
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- Ensures that equipment, operation and maintenance comply with design specifications and safety standards.
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- Determines materials, equipment, piping, capacities, layout of plant or system and specification for manufacture.
- Undertakes research and advises on energy use, materials handling, thermodynamic processes, fluid mechanics, vehicles and environmental controls.
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- Determines and specifies manufacturing methods of electrical systems.
- Supervises, controls and monitors the operation of electrical generation, transmission and distribution systems.
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- Produces final design information for use in preparation of layouts, parts lists, etc..
- Arranges construction and testing of model or prototype and modifies design if necessary.
- Prepares working designs for steam, aero, turbine, marine and electrical engines, mechanical instruments, aircraft and missile structures, vehicle and ship structures, plant and machinery equipment, domestic electrical appliances, building systems and services, and electronic computing and telecommunications equipment.
- Assesses product requirements, including costs, manufacturing feasibility and market requirements.
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Production and process engineers
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- Undertakes research and develops processes to achieve physical and/or chemical change for oil, pharmaceutical, synthetic, plastic, food and other products.
- Liaises with materials buying, storing and controlling departments to ensure a steady flow of supplies.
- Advises management on and ensures effective implementation of new production methods, techniques and equipment.
- Investigates and eliminates potential hazards and bottlenecks in production.
- Devises and implements production control methods to monitor operational efficiency.
- Recommends optimum equipment and layout and prepares drawings and specifications.
- Studies existing and alternative production methods, regarding work flow, plant layout, types of machinery and cost.
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- Examines and advises on patent applications.
- Prepare sketches, drawings and specifications showing materials to be used, construction and finishing methods and other details.
- Devises and implements control systems to monitor operational efficiency and performance of system and materials.
- Designs new systems and equipment with regard to cost, market requirements and feasibility of manufacture.
- Establishes principles and techniques to improve the quality, durability and performance of materials such as textiles, glass, rubber, plastics, ceramics, metals and alloys.
- Researches into problem areas to advance basic knowledge, evaluate new theories and techniques and to solve specific problems.
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- Diagnoses and detects faults and implements procedures to maintain efficient operation of systems and equipment.
- Prepares estimates of materials, equipment and labour required for engineering projects.
- Sets up equipment, undertakes tests, takes readings, performs calculations and records and interprets data.
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- Sets out construction site, supervises excavations and marks out position of building work to be undertaken.
- Performs calculations and collects, records and interprets data.
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- Checks control panel operation before start of journey, operates train door controls and signals to driver to start or stop train.
- Attends to the safety, welfare and comfort of passengers on trains and manages train crew.
- Assists passengers with special needs to board and leave trains.
- Loads and unloads mail, goods and luggage, operates lifts and hoists and drives small trucks.
- Helps with passenger enquiries and makes announcements over a public address system at stations.
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- Carries out environmental audits and environmental impact assessments.
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- Implements remediation works.
- Advises on and provides solutions for mitigating the effects of such contamination.
- Identifies contamination of land, air or water and assesses any adverse impact on the environment.
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- Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to the research and development team.
- Develops research methodology, implements and reports upon research investigations undertaken.
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