The rail industry is working at full tilt on an ever increasing workload so if you want to get on in your career this is a prime sector to be in.
Steve Turner reports.
Balfour Beatty Rail Projects can reel off a list of exciting jobs to whet the appetite of ambitious engineers. These include proposed new rail links to Heathrow Terminal Five, the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line, Thameslink and the proposed London Underground public private partnership refurbishment schemes.
The resurgent rail sector may have taken some knocks recently but no one can deny that there is a huge amount of work to be done. And where there is work there is opportunity, for the companies in the sector and for the engineers they employ.
'With the massive investment being made across the network this really is an exciting time to be working in the rail industry.
After years of under investment, at last we can really see huge improvements being made and our people want to be a part of it, ' says BBRP operations director Paul Copeland.
BBRP is a prime example of the challenges and variety that anyone joining the rail industry can expect. The sector puts engineers in the public eye, and at BBRP offers the young the chance of early management responsibility. The company provides comprehensive training, variety, a long term future and good terms and conditions.
BBRP is one of six divisions of Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd. BBRP employs 1,000 staff and has, in house, the complete range of skills required to undertake a rail project from conception to construction completion.
Its eight regional offices have expertise in design and construction, project management, consultancy, electrification, signalling and trackwork.
The company couples a wealth of experience on the UK's rail system with wide ranging success overseas including the airport link in Hong Kong and the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit railway.
In Britain BBRP has recently completed a complex major upgrade to the track system leading to London Euston, keeping the station open all the while.
As well as major contracts the company is also responsible for numerous other design and build operations that are just as critical to the development of UK railways, such as Sunderland Direct combining German technology with UK construction skills and the Leeds First remodelling of rail access to Leeds city.
'The benefit of the wide spread of contract size is that staff can get valuable management experience on a smaller scheme, ensuring they are suitably prepared when required to take a leading role in a larger contract, ' says Copeland. 'The opportunities are there to be taken if you are an ambitious, enthusiastic engineer.'