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Assistant Engineer - Overhead Contact Systems

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

York, Reading, Birmingham, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 8,250 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.


SYSTRA currently have an opportunity for an Assistant Engineer – Overhead Contact Systems (OCS) to join our engineering team in either York, Birmingham or Reading, working across a challenging and exciting range of key rail infrastructure projects. This position within our OCS team will suit a developing engineer, including those part way through an apprenticeship who can demonstrate strong interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in a dynamic high-performance team.


The Assistant Engineer – OCS will provide engineering and CAD support to the Lead Engineer on a range of OCS design projects. They will assist in the production of design deliverables including cross sections, layout plans and other deliverables required to achieve the required scope and quality. The role will also require liaison with interfacing disciplines from other railway systems and supporting the Lead Engineer on projects to ensure project budgets and programmes are achieved whilst taking an active role in ensuring safe design practices are adhered to.


Main Duties

  • Assist with the design of Contact System solutions for engineering projects in accordance with client requirements, technical standards and legislation;
  • Achieve the scope agreed with the Design Manager/Project Co-ordinator regarding the effective delivery of projects to current engineering and safety standards;
  • Achieve personal and project targets including utilisation, delivering projects to budget and programme;
  • Develop knowledge and gain further experience through a personal development plan to be agreed with line manager;
  • Maintain good relationships with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company.


Essential Experience


  • Professional qualifications: minimum HNC or equivalent in railway or mechanical engineering;
  • Experience designing and delivering OCS detailed designs;
  • Proficient at computer aided design (CAD) including Bentley MicroStation;
  • Knowledge of safety standards/legislation including CDM and CSM-RA;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Experience with Bentley ProjectWise desirable.



Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.