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Apply the highest standards to train maintenance and repair. The Northern way.

Be part of the fantastic Engineering team that keeps our trains ready for every journey. There are two main jobs we recruit to in the Engineering department. Whichever you choose, you'll be part of a business focused on new technologies, new ways of doing things and, every single day, new and brilliant ideas.

Skilled Team Members (Fitters and Electricians)

Take the Northern approach to servicing, maintaining and repairing traction and rolling stock. That means being incredibly safety conscious but not afraid to take risks on ideas. It means guiding and training new team members while never forgetting there's always more you can learn. It means offering up great new ideas whilst still following your Team Leader's instructions.

We offer outstanding opportunities for qualified engineers to service, maintain and overhaul our traction and rolling stock. From fault diagnosis to vehicle building, we'll look to you for genuine expertise and practical ability. And we'll reward you incredibly well for it.

Depot Train Drivers

We'll give you all the training you'll need for this key role in our Engineering department.

Whenever a Northern train takes a break from duty for maintenance or repair, you'll be the person who brings it in and out of the depot. As well as shunting, there'll be tanking, refuelling and replenishment of other fluids (oils, greases, coolant and so on) to take care of. We'll also look to you to keep a mentoring eye on our trainees, making sure they get to know the Northern way quickly and thoroughly.

Who Should Apply

As you'd expect, it's something of an ideas factory, the Northern Engineering Department. So, clearly, what will really impress us is the combination of your desire to keep learning, your ability to work fantastically without supervision and your outstanding skill at communicating ideas.

There are also some role-specific qualities we look for in our team members:


You'll need a practical understanding of plumbing and vehicle building, as well as mechanical and electrical principles. So that means you'll be a systems and techniques kind of person, who knows all about air, hydraulic and electrical schematics.

Depot Train Drivers

It's essential that, if you don't already have knowledge of operating procedures and certification in Rules & Regulations, that you're willing to attain them. You'll also need to be able to read and understand COSHH instructions and operate mechanical and electrical appliances - or be keen to learn both.

How to apply

First of all, have a look at our current vacancies area to see if there are any opportunities near where you live and you can apply online from there. 

Once your application is in and the closing date has passed, we'll shortlist for interview. If you meet the criteria, we'll invite you to a competency based interview and there may be some additional assessments (dependent on the role you're applying for) before we make an offer to the most suitable candidate(s). For instance, we'll need to conduct some psychometric testing if you're applying for the Depot Train Driver role.

What happens next?

Finally, if successful, you'll be considered for any vacancies that are currently available, and if we're not able to offer you a role straight away, we'll place you in our Talent Pool and you'll be considered for any forthcoming opportunities for up to 6 months.