Grinding Supervisory Manager – Initial

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide delegates with the underpinning knowledge and skills necessary to undertake the duties of a Grinding Supervisory Manager.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Be able to identify and carry out full survey, including assessment of site requirements prior to completing ‘short’ RCF hand grinding corrective action
  • Be able to interpret both Track Inspection and Ultrasonic reports relating to RCF sites
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of track geometry
  • Have a clear understanding of the relevant Network Rail Standards and Codes of Practice relating to RCF hand grinding
  • Be able to identify and prepare reports for remedial maintenance work required prior to grinding rail head
  • Have the competency to assess that the finished product meets the requirements of HG1

Course Duration

Two days plus one day assessment.


There are no particular educational pre-requisites for the course. However, the following is required: –

Delegates must be instructed and deemed competent in Network Rail Standards:

  • NR/L2/TRK/0053 Inspection and Repair to Reduce the Risk of Derailment at Switches
  • NR/L2/TRK/1054 Inspection, Maintenance and Repair Procedures for Cast, Welded and Fabricated Crossings in the Track
  • NR/SP/TRK/056 Non-Ultrasonic Procedures
  • Grinding Operative – Plain Line and Switch & Crossing

Personal Protective Equipment

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line, therefore, he/she MUST be in possession of: –

  • Valid P.T.S. Card
  • Protective “all orange” High Visibility Clothing to BS EN 471:2003
  • Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 20345:2004
  • Safety Helmet to BS EN 397:1995
  • General Purpose Gloves to BS EN388:2121
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


A Certificate of Competency will be awarded to the delegate on successful completion of both an underpinning knowledge and practical on-site assessment.