Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers


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Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers erect, fit, assemble and repair rolling stock parts and sub-assemblies, and test and adjust new engines for trains.


Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, a GNVQ/ GSVQ or a BTEC/SQA award. Apprenticeships in Engineering Maintenance at NVQ/SVQ Level 3 are available.

Typical tasks

  • examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate methods and sequence of operations;
  • fits and assembles parts and/or metal sub-assemblies to make train engines;
  • examines rolling stock for defects, removes, replaces and repairs faulty parts;
  • inspects and tests new and repaired machinery for conformity with standards and specifications;
  • oils and greases train engines;
  • maintains record of repairs and maintenance carried out.

Common job titles

Examiner, coach (railways)
Finisher (railway workshops)
Engineer, stock, rolling
Examiner, brake (railways)
Fitter, maintenance
Tuber, engine (railways)
Fitter, frame (loco and rolling stock mfr)
Engineer, nos (railway, rolling stock maintenance)
Fitter, wagon (railway workshops)
Lifter (railway workshops)
Stripper, boiler, locomotive
Examiner, carriage and wagon
Repairer, coach (railways)
Engineer, locomotive
Stripper, locomotive
Fitter, tube (locomotive mfr)
Wheeler (railway rolling stock mfr)
Examiner, carriage (railways)
Repairer, carriage
Fitter, carriage
Fitter, carriage and wagon
Fitter, locking
Mounter, wheel and axle
Fitter (railways)
Technician, stock, rolling
Fixer (railways)
Fitter, mechanical
Stripper, carriage and wagon
Engineer, railway
Stripper (railway workshops)
Fitter, locomotive
Tuber (locomotive mfr)
Examiner, wagon