Trams Engineering

*One application per candidate
We can only accept one scheme application per candidate. Applying for more than one scheme could mean that you won't be considered for your preferred choice.

Scheme overview

London Trams has doubled passenger journeys to 31 million over the last 15 years with a similar growth projected over the next 15. This was achieved through improved performance, new assets and the delivery of more trams into service for longer. London Trams are developing a Capability Plan to ensure that the business is successful in delivering 60 million passenger journeys by 2030, and apprenticeships form a key part of this plan.

Scheme length
Four years

Entry requirements
Five grade A*-C GCSEs or certified equivalent, including maths and English language. You must be 18 by 1 September 2016.

Salary
Salaries will differ according to the scheme, however, all our schemes offer a competitive package with the minimum London living wage.

Applications
This role is now closed.

Joining us

This apprenticeship is for people who want a career in tram engineering. You will work on a variety of engineering functions before deciding where to specialise in your final year. This could be in any of the following:

Track

This involves understanding:

  • Track geometry (including track gauge, alignment, elevation, curvature and track surface
  • Understanding the impact of train wheels
  • The requirements, methods and techniques for the installation and maintenance of the track (rail, fastenings, sleepers) and the load bearing capacity of the track foundation
  • The impact of the railway environment e.g. tunnels, embankments, vegetation and drainage
  • The inspection and analysis of the performance and condition of tracks
  • How to diagnose and correct faults and to use track specific equipment

Overhead Lines & Electrical Power

This involves understanding:

  • Electrical clearance, insulation installation wiring and risks around radial load and correct methodology
  • Different types of overhead line structures, pre-fabrication and installation of main structure and small part steelwork
  • How to run wiring systems, including sectioning, insulation, registration and in-span components and the installation, and renewal of earthing and bonding
  • How to use lifting and access equipment while working at heights
  • Working to high and low voltage power rules

Systems
This is a specialism in its own right. It needs knowledge and skills from across the rail engineering disciplines above to provide technical support and direction across areas including tram management systems, new tram control systems, signalling and remote condition monitoring.

This involves understanding:

  • The application of safety integrity and fundamental principles in tram management systems
  • How to apply installation and maintenance techniques and processes, including wiring, cable access requirements and terminations, adjustment of system assets
  • Integrity checks and how to carry out component and equipment testing

Tram Rolling Stock

This involves understanding:

  • The application of safety integrity and fundamental principles as applied to trams
  • How to apply installation, maintenance techniques, faulting processes, including wiring, cable access requirements and terminations, adjustment of system assets
  • Integrity checks and how to carry out component and equipment testing
  • How to use lifting and access equipment
  • Working to high and low voltage power rules

Engineering Assurance Design Modifications

This involves understanding:

  • Design modification and change to rolling stock engineering assurance
  • Engineering change management
  • Safety cases for new product acceptance
  • Creation of standards and engineering requirements

Initially, you will have a three-day induction in London, which tells you all you need to know about us, your role and where you fit in. Following that, you'll begin an intensive development programme, designed to give your career a real kickstart.

What you get out of it

As an apprentice, you'll experience working with people from all over the organisation while getting to grips with a variety of systems and technologies, and you'll get access to our corporate social responsibility partnership.

Training

You will receive on-the-job training in the Fleet, Infrastructure, Projects Stations, Commercial, Materials Management and Tech services departments. Training in these areas also includes:

  • identifying tasks
  • logging book entries
  • making a presentation at the end of the period on your section

Qualifications
At the end of your apprenticeship, you'll also gain a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Electrical / Electronic Engineering.

During your apprenticeship you'll also receive:

  • At least 29 days annual leave, plus standard public holidays
  • Free travel on our networks (Zones 1-9) with an Oyster card for you and one member of your household
  • A 75% reimbursement on the price of an annual travel ticket outside of our network - plus an interest-free, 10-month loan to pay for it
  • Pension scheme membership
  • A range of staff retail and leisure discounts
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