Signalling – Your career

First you will become a signalling technician within a team, and you'll help the team leader with maintenance and fault-finding of signalling equipment.

The next step could be to take charge of a fault team, where you will use all your knowledge to fix systems that fail. We'll help you expand your knowledge as well and keep up to date with new technology and new thinking – and there will be plenty of opportunities to learn from colleagues and courses. Because of the unexpected nature of faults, you'll need to work shifts to make sure the network is covered at all times.

Longer term, you could move into technical support, new works testing, design, supervision or management as a signal engineer. A balanced career is likely to involve a combination of several of these options.