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Rail and Civil Engineering

Whether you have a keen interest in the rail and civil industries or have a technical, problem-solving mind, a degree from Newcastle College University Centre will provide you with an excellent foundation for a rewarding career in these vital sectors.


Proud holders of the 2018 Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, our Rail and Civil Engineering Academy is renowned for delivering some of the UK's most in-depth training in the rail and civil engineering sectors.

As a degree student you will learn from industry-experienced tutors in our specialist facility, which features an indoor and outdoor track, overhead lines, level crossings and signals.

Our employer partnerships will help you to thrive. Our rail and civil engineering degrees have been created alongside some of the biggest names in industry and provide you with the opportunity to experience and problem-solve real-life scenarios.

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What can I study?

FdEng Railway Engineering

This degree will equip you with multi-disciplinary rail engineering and management skills to help you enter the industry.

Length: 2 years
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 13th September 2021
Location: Rail Academy

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FdSc Civil Engineering Practices

If you have an interest in how the world around us in designed, created and connected, then this Civil Engineering Practices course is perfect for you. 

Length: 2 years
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 13th September 2021
Location: Rail Academy

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What can I do with a Rail and Civil Engineering qualification?

Daily tasks:

  • Organises and establishes control systems to monitor operational efficiency and performance of materials and systems.
  • Ensures that equipment, operation and maintenance comply with design specifications and safety standards.
  • Designs mechanical equipment, such as steam, internal combustion and other non-electrical motors for railway locomotives, road vehicles, aeroplanes and other machinery.
  • 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.

Median Salary

£42,499 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Organises and establishes control systems to monitor the performance and safety of electrical assemblies and systems.
  • Ensures that manufacture, operation and maintenance comply with design specifications and contractual arrangements.
  • Determines and specifies manufacturing methods of electrical systems.
  • Supervises, controls and monitors the operation of electrical generation, transmission and distribution systems.

Median Salary

£49,811 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Prepares specifications for materials and other components.
  • 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.

Median Salary

£43,438 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Designs, controls and constructs process plants to manufacture products.
  • 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.

Median Salary

£42,732 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Provides technical consultancy services.
  • 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.

Median Salary

£41,841 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Visits and advises clients on the use and servicing of mechanical and chemical engineering products and services.
  • Inspects completed aircraft maintenance work to certify that it meets standards and the aircraft is ready for operation.
  • 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.
  • Plans and prepares work and test schedules based on specifications and drawings.

Median Salary

£33,396 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Inspects construction materials and supervises work of contractors to ensure compliance with specifications and arranges remedial work as necessary.
  • Sets out construction site, supervises excavations and marks out position of building work to be undertaken.
  • Performs calculations and collects, records and interprets data.
  • Sets up apparatus and equipment and undertakes field and laboratory tests of soil and work materials.

Median Salary

£30,072 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Inspects and issues tickets on trains, deals with passenger enquiries, and takes charge of goods being transported on train.
  • 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.
  • Examines and collects tickets at the ticket barrier of a railway station.

Median Salary

£35,911 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Monitors the standards of scientific and technical research undertaken by the research team.
  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to the research and development team.
  • Develops research methodology, implements and reports upon research investigations undertaken.
  • Liaises with production departments to investigate and resolve manufacturing problems.
  • Establishes product design and performance objectives in consultation with other business functions.

Median Salary

£51,905 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Fastens together sections of rail by bolting fishplates to rails.
  • Positions lengths of rail, sets of points and crossovers and secures rail with bolts, wooden wedges or clips.
  • Spreads ballast and lays sleepers or metal plates at specified intervals.
  • Lubricates points, examines fences, drains, culverts and embankments and carries out any necessary maintenance.
  • Checks tightness of bolts and wedges, replaces damaged rail chairs and repacks ballast under sleepers if necessary.
  • Patrols length of track and visually inspects rails, bolts, fishplates and chairs for distortion or fracture.

Median Salary

£27,814 View more

How can I progress?

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