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Trailblazer NVQ Level 3 in Railway Design Engineering at Salford and Trafford Engineering Group Training Association (STEGTA) Ltd.

Course description

Railway engineering design technicians provide technical support to engineers who design infrastructure and systems for railways. The engineering disciplines involved include signalling, rolling stock, track, systems, civil engineering, communications, electrification and electrical plant. It is likely that many technicians will specialise in a particular discipline whist others will have a broader skills base.

A technician’s work could involve:

  • Design – surveying a site, producing design drawings, assisting the development of technical solutions and production of calculations.
  • Analysis – use of software systems for data gathering, analysis and design.
  • Planning – helping to manage projects, set deadlines for the design of the project and working to a programme.
  • Site engineering — taking responsibility for checking the progress and quality of specified technical aspects of construction work on site.

Key elements of the role include:

  • Contributing to design solutions by preparing calculations, producing engineering drawings and models.
  • Supporting the administration and management of projects.
  • Ensuring outputs meet the required standards set by clients and the industry.
  • Working as a member of a team in both an office and on-site environment.

Course content

A week long residential course, held within the first three months of the apprenticeship, aimed at providing the apprentices with an awareness and a 'hands-on' practical understanding of the fundamental principles in track, civil engineering, structures, traction, signalling mechanical and electrical equipment and plant and how each of these interface with others.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering which will deliver most of the knowledge components of the apprenticeship.

This will be delivered by training providers appointed by STEGTA.

A portfolio of evidence which will capture the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the workplace and, through a series of regular short reports, demonstrate how they have integrated the knowledge and skills they have acquired to contribute to a workplace project.

The End Point Assessment which will be carried out by the relevant Professional Engineering Institution and will be based on two elements: A portfolio of evidence and Structured Reports.

Entry requirements

  • Normally 5 A-C GCSE grades including Maths, English, Science and ICT
  • Strong interest in engineering and science 
  • Computer literate
  • Willing to learn
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Enthusiastic


You will be required to undertake online Maths, English and ICT assessments to ensure you are working at a suitable level for this programme.

You will also undertake a short online multiple choice engineering aptitude assessments.

Financial information

The salary for each Apprenticeship position is determined by the employer.

The National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage is £3.30 per hour, however some employers may choose to pay a higher salary.

Future opportunities

EngTech Approval

Further information

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact the STEGTA Business Development Department on 0161 877 4078 or email

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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    • Contact name:
    • Louise O'Toole
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01618774078
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