Rail Solutions Engineering (FULL)

The demand for rail transport is increasing, and projects such as High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail mean that a new generation of railway engineers is needed to meet tomorrow’s challenges. This four-day residential course, sponsored by Siemens Rail Automation, aims to give you an insight into the challenges and opportunities that the rail industry has to offer.

*Restrictions apply for this course – students wishing to attend cannot apply for other Smallpeice Trust courses  in this academic year*


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Working in the rail industry can be an exciting and rewarding career, but most young people don’t realise this. This course is intended to ‘shine a light’ on the industry, and you’ll learn about many of the key challenges that the UK rail network in particular is facing.
The course will focus on railway technologies including crashworthiness, aerodynamics and train control, but it will also cover wider topics including instrumentation, robotics and computer programming. There is ample opportunity for creative thinking, as well as the chance to develop your practical skills using hand and power tools. You will also develop your team working and project management skills, and even your ability to promote yourself and your ideas through marketing material and by manning a stand at a mini trade show.
The course will help your CV to ‘stand out from the crowd’, and hopefully get you on the fast track with a career in railway engineering.


The course includes a series of lectures to give you a feel for what university life is like, covering a range of subjects including:

The challenges the railways face and the advanced technology they increasingly use to make them safer, cleaner, more efficient, reliable, greener and cost-effective.

How trains protect their passengers in the event of a crash, why aerodynamics are so important for high speed trains, and why train control systems are so complicated and expensive.

How you could contribute to this growing industry as an apprentice or graduate engineer.

Working in a small team, you will then tackle one of two design challenges to design, build and test either a scale-model crashworthy rail vehicle or a next-generation train control system. Your design will need to meet a challenging specification based on real-world requirements, and you’ll be competing with other teams to see who has come up with the best solution.


University of Birmingham


23rd July - 26th July 2018
4 days, 3 nights full board residential
Start time: 10.00 am
Finish: 12.30pm

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