OREANDA-NEWS. May 19, 2016. 18 students on Elutecs engineering systems course visited the Upminster Integrated Electronic Control Centre (IECC), which houses all of the controls and signalling equipment for the level crossings on the route that runs from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness. As part of the training, they had a tour of the control room to see the signallers using the latest system, took part in a talk from the signalling section manager and had a tour of the centre.

As well as the practical session, two Network Rail graduates, Nick Rook and Iain Loggie, taught students about the engineering aspects of various types of level crossing, how trains are detected and how the signals and level crossings respond through the control system. The students also had the opportunity to find out more about the training that Network Rail offers through its Advanced Apprenticeship and Graduate schemes.

The session gave a real insight into what its like to be part of Network Rails 20,000-strong Orange Army of front-line engineers and technicians who fix and maintain the rail infrastructure, enabling 1.6bn journeys every year.

Bob Hazell, programme manager at Network Rail, said: The railway is a growing industry, and Network Rail needs new, budding engineers to build a bigger and better railway as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan. Our graduates aim to teach the students practical skills as well as give them insight into the types of jobs they might want to do when they finish their course. They are really keen to pass on their skills and knowledge, and to mentor the next generation of railway engineers.

College Tutor, Anthony Burke, said: These sessions are a great benefit for the students and Id like to thank Nick and Iain for sharing their expertise and inviting us to the control centre. Real practical knowledge facilitates the learning that these students get in the classroom, and helps them find out more about the types of careers and opportunities that an engineering qualification will open up.

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Notes to editors

  • Network Rail is one of Eluctec Colleges industry partners.
  • Elutec is located in Dagenham East and is one of the only engineering colleges aimed at 14 to 18 year olds in East London. The College is now in its second year and is growing rapidly.
  • Iain Loggie (24) has a degree in civil engineering and is currently working for Network Rail in the buildings team and infrastructure projects.
  • Nick Rook (23) has a degree in mechanical engineering and is currently an electrification and plant engineer at Network Rail.
About Network Rail

Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We're spending ?40bn on the railway between 2014-19 and our Railway Upgrade Plan will deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.