Rail Telecoms Engineering

Rail Telecoms Engineering

Enables the learner to meet the changing needs of telecommunications engineering within the rail industry. The aim is to provide learners with the underlying principles of telecommunications and then to relate these to the rail environment where there are specific problems to overcome.

10 Days


Unit 3-4, Sheffield Business Park
Churchill Way, Chapeltown
Sheffield, S35 2PY



Sometimes the smallest steps in the right direction...ends up being the biggest leap of your life!

Anyone who wants a career in telecoms and wants to work in the railway industry.

A minimum of 12 months track side work on the rail infrastructure, some basic telecoms knowledge ideal but not essential.

Practical and theory work plus assessment

  • The delegate(s) will be able to perform the following on successful completion of the course:
  • Adhere to relevant current standards used on the rail infrastructure
  • Use the correct tools for the installation of copper and optical fibre
  • Explain when to do a gas test when working in a confined space and the gases being tested for
  • Identify the 12 colours of telecoms cables
  • Describe basic telecoms systems and network topologies
  • Describe copper networks, SI numbers and units, Ohms law and Decibels and there purpose

Cont’d Diploma in Rail Telecommunications Systems (EAL Level 3)

  • Explain the difference between the different optic fibre and how it is made up
  • Explain differences between SPT’s, PET’s, PZT’s
  • Carry out a risk assessment for a copper installation task
  • Carry out a site survey for a copper installation task
  • Identify the tools, equipment and stores needed to carry out a copper installation task
  • Complete a 30/50 pair external joint applied to a copper network
  • Install 1 30/50 pair cable into a track side cab applied to a copper network
  • Install an internal and an external cable into a MDF and install jumper wire between the two
  • Test a copper network when installed
  • Carry out risk assessment, site survey and inventory for a fibre network installation
  • Carry out a link loss budget schedule using the correct standards for splices and connector loss
  • Strip and prepare a 24 fibre armoured cable, identifying and labelling the correct tubes
  • Introduce a 24 fibre armoured cable into a Tyco FIST joint and wrap cables into the correct trays
  • Close up the joint using a heat shrink
  • Use an OTDR viewer navigate around the software and locate splices and losses with the fibre cable
  • Use an OTDR viewer on a 15km network and record splices and losses
  • Strip and prepare DISAC cable ready for installing into a FIST joint
  • Wrap fibres that are needed into correct tray and wrap excess fibres into cassette for future expansion
  • Understanding Health & safety in an industrial environment
  • Understand and apply correct health and safety regulations for the safe installations of copper and optical fibre in a rail environment
  • Describe basic telecoms systems within rail telecoms
  • Plan to install a copper network
  • Build and test a copper network
  • Plan and install an optical fibre network for use in the rail infrastructure to the correct standard
  • Using an OTDR analyse the jointed fibre cable
  • Introduce DISAC into the joint to build a spur joint

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Neil Silcox
I really enjoyed the course and the instructors were excellent in the way they put the course over. The facilities were excellent and the course was taught to a very high standard. - Neil Silcox


The UK rail industry employs more than 190,000 people, from train drivers and station staff to those responsible for managing and maintaining the network’s 20,000 miles of track - this means enormous career opportunities are waiting for you!
We offer guaranteed sponsorship enabling you to complete the PTS

PTS ensures that rail workers are aware of their surroundings, are able to move around the lineside safely and are able to react appropriately to circumstances (e.g. the approach of a train).

PTS is not ELCAS accredited and does not form part of ELC funding. However, you are able to use your Standard Learning Credits (SLC) towards the cost of the course.