Rail or rolling stock builder or repairer

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.


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

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 21% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for rail or rolling stock builder or repairer is £40,970

290 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 290. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for rail or rolling stock builder or repairer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £40,970 per year. That is about £3,414 per month or £21.01 per hour. New workers generally start on £28,945, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,820

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 290 people are employed in the region.

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