Track Maintenance Engineer

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with a comprehensive understanding required for the Management of the Permanent Way and the role of the Permanent Way Engineer

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Have a clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Permanent Way Engineer
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the technical requirements for the accurate Inspection and effective Maintenance of the track, including:-

– Formation and Drainage Problems and their Maintenance
– Jointed Plain Line
– Continuous Welded Rail
– Switch and Crossing Work
– Track Curvature and Super Elevation
– Clearances
– Off-Track Responsibilities

  • Be able to complete a structured Inspection of both Plain Line and Switch and Crossings
  • Understand the essentials of Managing Track in Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Have a clear understanding of the essential requirements for Track Geometry Design for the Maintenance of Clearances
  • Have a technical appreciation of the Operation of the Track Recording Coach and be able to interpret the records
  • Be familiar with the essential elements for the Management of Rail Flaws
  • Have a clear understanding of the Track Conditions that give rise to the Risk of Derailment and the requirement for Site Investigations
  • Be aware of the Principal Requirements for effective prioritising, planning and managing Resources
  • Be fully conversant with all relevant Railway Group Standards, Network Rail Company Standards and Contractual Requirements
  • Have a clear understanding of Technical Audit Requirements
  • Be aware of the relevant on-track plant and their capabilities
  • Have a basic understanding of the requirements for effective Management of Finances, Information and Personnel
  • Have an understanding of the Infrastructure Signalling System and Circuitry and its Interface with the Maintenance/Renewal of the Permanent Way

Course Duration

Ten days, consisting of two five day modules


There are no particular educational or competence pre-requisites for the course. However, the following factors will be of significant benefit to the delegate: –

  • Prior experience in working as a Track Manager/Engineer or a Senior Technical Support Position
  • In-depth knowledge of the Permanent Way and its components

Personal Protective Equipment

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line and 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 (white/blue) 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 Training will be awarded to the delegate on completion of the course.