Modern rail networks have many interconnected systems that manage communications, signalling, train control, and business functions. Systems analysts create, maintain, and improve the computer systems that these rely on.
A systems engineer develops and oversees all aspects of complex systems. As a massive and multifaceted system with many moving parts, systems engineers play a vital role in designing, building, and maintaining our rail network and infrastructure.
Signalling technicians maintain and repair the signalling equipment and systems that keep trains running safely and efficiently. They work with both mechanical and electrical systems, and old and new signalling technology.
An IT operations specialist manages computer systems and networks. They monitor them to make sure they are working properly, and solve problems when they arise.
People who work in information technology (IT) support help to maintain computer systems and networks. They provide advice to users in person, over the phone, by email, or through remote desktop software.
Network administrators manage the computer networks that connect almost all parts of rail – communications, signalling, data collection, and business functions. They design, install, and maintain networks to ensure they are secure and reliable.
Database administrators help organisations manage and make use of data. They configure and maintain databases, develop documentation, and support business users to get the information they need.
Drone operators inspect rail infrastructure and survey rail corridors. They fly unmanned aircraft that are equipped with cameras and sensors.
GIS specialists help manage natural resources and plan new infrastructure development. They use tools and software to collect, analyse, and model spatial data to produce maps.
Analyst programmers help their organisation to select, design, and maintain software and systems.
Cyber security specialists protect computer systems and networks from cyber threats. They test systems for vulnerabilities, apply security controls, and educate staff.
Data scientists help organisations make the best use of their data. They work with the latest data tools and technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The work they do enables people in their organisation to use data for analytics and predictive forecasting.