Apprentice Rail Plant Engineer – Effingham (Surrey)

Balfour Beatty

Apprentice Rail Plant Engineer – Level 3

Qualifications needed – 3 GCSEs/ grades 9-4 or equivalent

Closing Date – applications are open until 26th April 2021 however we reserve the right to remove adverts should the roles be filled before this date.

About the role:  

We have a new exciting opportunity to work as an Apprentice On Track Maintenance (OTM) Rail Plant Engineer based in Effingham (Surrey)

Working on complex Rail Plant carrying out routine maintenance and repairs to machines in service under the supervision of experienced staff and trainers.

You will work on diesel engines, hydraulic systems and complex electromechanical systems. Working within purpose-built maintenance depots or on-site in siding.

You may also be required to spend some time working at our Ashford (Kent) heavy repair depot to broaden your experience.

Your responsibilities as an Apprentice Plant Fitter:

  • To report to and follow work instruction from Plant Fitters and supervisor.
  • To maintain, fault find and repair specialised plant & equipment under supervision and guidance.
  • To carry out inspections on plant & equipment under supervision
  • Live the Balfour Beatty Values
  • Take responsibility for the health and safety of you, colleagues and other persons who may be affected by your acts and omissions at work, and for the environment.

What the apprenticeship will offer:  

You will study for and be expected to pass a level 3 Engineering Technician (mechatronics) Apprenticeship in Plant Maintenance – the apprenticeship will last for 4 years.

We will support you through your formal apprentice qualification in addition you will follow the Balfour Beatty Enhanced Apprentice programme. There are a mix of development events and activities, plus in year 2 you will compete in the Balfour Beatty Brathay Apprentice Challenge, to help us find the Balfour Beatty Apprentice Team of the Year! The challenge is a mix of community engagement activities and a team building event in the Lake District. Find out more here €¦ There is also the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award as part of your apprenticeship.

This is a unique opportunity to work whilst you learn and develop key skills that will be valuable throughout your career – an opportunity not to be missed.

Following successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be able to develop your career further within Balfour Beatty, including the option to move onto the next level of your apprenticeship.



Who we’re looking for:

  • 3 GCSEs/ grades 9-4 or equivalent, including Maths and English
  • An enthusiasm to learn and develop a career within plant maintenance
  • You will have a strong work ethic and willingness to take responsibility for your academic and vocational development.
  • Always behave with integrity
  • Be flexible with travel as the role requires
  • Ideally hold a full UK driving licence
  • Pass pre-employment medical which will include a Drug & Alcohol test

Salary & benefits:  We offer a competitive salary and a flexible benefits package. Your professional institution fees and training will be covered.

For more information about what you can expect as a Balfour Beatty Apprentice and what’s involved in the scheme click here  and you can also view the profiles of some of our current apprentices across the Group.

Should you require any additional support with your application, please contact

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as CVs will be reviewed and candidates selected on a rolling recruitment basis.

Our Apprentices typically start in September.

We value diversity and celebrate individual differences, believing that our inclusive culture helps the business continue to grow as a strong, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Balfour Beatty is an equal opportunities employer, is a Disability Confident level 2 Employer and a corporate signatory to WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) programme.  Our aim is to attract more people from diverse backgrounds to help us build on our inclusive culture.  

Balfour Beatty is a leading member of The 5% Club, which is now in operation in over 200 companies.

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