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FOCUS ON

TR ANSPORT

up to £30,000 with experience. For
members of the Institution of Civil
Engineers with chartered status, the
average basic salary is £49,793.

RAIL

Train driver
There's more to this job than just
driving. You'll have to keep to a strict
schedule, keep passengers and cargo
safe, check equipment and make sure
correct protocol is followed on journeys.
What skills do I need? You don't
need any formal qualifications other
than GCSEs in maths and English.
However, a background in mechanics
or electrical engineering would help
you to understand the technical side
of the job. You'll be required to pass
medical checks on your sight, colour
vision and hearing, and need to
prove you react quickly, calmly and
safely to problems. Training takes
between nine months and two years.
How much can I earn? Trainees
earn £20,000 to £30,000; once
qualified, you'll earn £35,000 to
£55,000. You may get free train travel.

Railway engineer

Words: Georgina Maric. Photography: Shutterstock

Railway engineers are responsible for
building and servicing mechanical and

Salaries for
railway
engineers
start at
£18,000

electrical systems on locomotives and
rolling stock. You could build engines
and carriages, fit out new carriages
with lighting, upholstery and control
panels, or repair or replace parts.
What skills do I need? You'll need
to have experience as a mechanical
fitter or electrician, but it's possible to
find apprenticeships in rail transport
engineering, for which you'll need
four GCSEs grade 9-4 (A* to C) in
maths, English and a science. You'll
need to be good at mechanics, electrics
and problem-solving, as well as
having good communication skills.
How much can I earn? Salaries
for railway engineers start at around
£18,000, but with experience you
can earn up to £30,000. You may get
discounted or free rail travel, too.

AT SEA

COASTGUARD
This isn't a job for the faint-hearted
- coastguards are responsible
for preventing the loss of life at
sea by conducting search and
rescue operations. You'll start as a
coastguard watch assistant, working
in the operations room handling
emergency calls, monitoring satellite
equipment and providing weather

AUTOMOTIVE
CAREERS

There are a variety of roles when
it comes to manufacturing cars,
from design engineers, project
engineers and quality analysts
to production technicians and
operatives on assembly lines.
If dealing with people is more up
your street, you could be involved
in selling vehicles or after-sales
service, or in customer-facing roles
such as service advisers in repair
centres, workshops and dealerships,
assisting motorists with scheduled
and corrective maintenance,
invoicing and documentation. You
could also be a repairs mechanic or
automotive installation technician
working in centres that supply and
install audio or tracking equipment
and other accessories.
Brexit is affecting the industry right
now but most people own at least one
car, so demand will always be high.

reports. Once you become an
officer, you will assist coastguard
volunteers in rescue operations.
What skills do I need? English
and maths GCSEs and IT skills are
required for assistants; to be an officer
you'll also need plenty of seagoing
experience. You'll need to work well
under pressure and be able to make
sound decisions very quickly.
How much can I earn? Salaries
start at £17,000 to £18,500,
increasing to £24,000 if you
progress to watch officer and
£32,000 as watch manager.

FIND OUT MORE
Highways England
recruitment.highways.gov.uk
Institute of the Motor Industry
theimi.org.uk
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
gov.uk/government/organisations/
maritime-and-coastguard-agency
Network Rail
networkrail.co.uk/careers

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