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Train Maintainer

Job Title: Train Maintainer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 38701-50069
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 029172
Job Published: January 29, 2019 11:33

Job Description

Train Maintainer 029172
Organisation - AP SSL Fleet
Job - Train
Position Type - Full Time
Please note that applying for this role means you have read and understood this advert and any associated links.

Salary Range: £38,701 -  £50,069 (dependent on shift pattern)

Location: Please be aware that these vacancies will be at depots across the whole London Underground network.

These are full time opportunities with various shift patters, covering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To be eligible for this vacancy you must be prepared to work anywhere in London, and be able to work a variety of shift patterns including Nights, weekends and public holidays.

We encourage you to apply early. Due to the expected high response to these vacancies we reserve the right to close this campaign once we have a suitable pool of applicants, which could be prior to the published application closing date of 3rd February 2019 @ 23:59.  After this, no further applications will be considered.

About us
London Underground is the world’s oldest metro system with customer demand at its highest level ever.  It has 11 lines covering 402km and serves 270 stations. During peak hours, more than 500 trains are in operation.  We are a unique public service – and it's a great place to develop your career. We treat our staff with the same commitment we give our customers; their satisfaction is a measure of our success. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, colour, sexual orientation, age or disability status.

Your Role
The role of the Train Maintainer is to ensure that an adequate supply of rolling stock is always available for passenger service by carrying out preventative maintenance and casualty repairs through regular and meticulous mechanical & electrical working practices in a safety critical environment.

Train Maintainer roles are based in a maintenance depot which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As a Train Maintainer you will be required to work a variety of shift patterns. Example shift patterns may be but are not limited to: 

2-Shift pattern: days and nights pattern, or days and lates pattern,
3-Shift pattern: variable shift pattern over a 24 hour period
The job holder must be committed to the London Underground General Safety Policy statement and the Company’s safety programme and be aware of their contribution to the programme, including the requirement to monitor safety performance and compliance with the systems established to assist in maintaining high safety standards.

The jobholder must be familiar with the safety legislation that is relevant to their post and comply with the necessary statutory requirements. These will include the Health & Safety at Work Act, Fire Precautions Act 1971 and associated regulations.

Your Key Accountabilities:

Use tools, plant and equipment in accordance with safety standards and prescribed working methods
Carry out all electrical and mechanical tasks, ensuring standards of work comply with stringent mechanical and electrical working practices
Carry out Rolling Stock testing procedures and fault diagnostic duties when appropriate
Carry out all train repairs and maintenance duties as detailed in the Work Instructions/Quality Plans and to company specifications
Your Skills, Knowledge and Experience



Time served in an apprenticeship or previous experience in a mechanical or electrical discipline (essential)
Ability to read and translate schematic and technical drawings (desirable)

Knowledge of basic mechanical and electrical work practices, use of tools with particular reference to security of equipment and electrical work practices (essential)
Basic knowledge of train equipment in the following areas: Brakes, Doors, Traction, Control, Auxiliary Equipment, 600 Volt Power Systems (desirable)


Experience of carrying out basic mechanical and electrical tasks including correct use of tools and safety standards (essential)
Experience of working with Rolling Stock including operating a Wheel Lathe machine (desirable)

At Transport for London, we support all our people to make the very most of their talent and potential. You will enjoy scope to progress - both personally and professionally, at the heart of an innovative and inclusive organisation. 

You can also look forward to a unique range of benefits. These include:

Free travel on all services owned by TfL
75% discount on National Rail Season ticket and interest free loan scheme
Annual leave which will vary between 26 and 37 days (subject to shift pattern)
Final salary pension scheme (contributory)
Discounted Eurostar travel
Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme
MyTfL - access to a range of retail, health, leisure and other discounts and concessions
Please think carefully about how your skills, knowledge and experience are a match to the requirements outlined above.  Please only apply if you can clearly demonstrate in your application that you possess the essential skills, knowledge and experience needed for success in this role.

For more information on the role, please read or Frequently asked Questions link here


Application Process

The process consists of 3 stages including attending an Assessment Centre. You will need to pass each stage to progress to the next:


Stage 1: Online Application Form   

As part of the application process you will be asked a number of screening questions. Please take care when answering these questions, as submitting an incorrect answer will result in your application being declined.

 Stage 2: Online Verbal, Numerical and Mechanical tests

This will be sent automatically on the successful completion of your application and you will have 5 calendar days in which to complete from the date it was sent. If you have not received the email within 24 hours of submitting your application, please check your junk/spam emails or alternatively, a copy can be found in your Taleo history, which you can access using the returning users page. No extensions will be granted, therefore If you are unable to complete your test within the 5 days, we would advise you to refrain from submitting your application at this time.  If you do not complete the tests within 5 days of receiving the email, you will be automatically removed from the process.  


Stage 3: Assessment Centre - You will complete the following:

-          Verification Test – this will be a sample test of your abilities to verify that you were the individual who completed the tests at Stage 2

-          Competency based interview plus technical questions

The assessment centres are likely to start from week commencing 18th February 2019 and will likely span over a 10-week period. If you are not going to be available within this timeframe, you will not be seen for this campaign. 

Please note: The online tests are timed tests, therefore if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made in order to assist you then you will need to advise us before you begin the test. Requests for reasonable adjustments can not be made after the test has been started.


Attending an Assessment Event

You will receive an email request inviting you to book into an assessment event.

You will receive confirmation of your booking together with any relevant information required for your assessment at the time of booking.


Please ensure:

•         You have an active email address where correspondence, invitations to assessment events and practice material can be sent

•         All your contact details including phone numbers, address and email are updated and current on your application


Campaign Timetable

The campaign is running to a very specific delivery timescale as determined by the business and there will only be enough slots for the number of candidates invited. Dates for the Assessment Centre will be opened at the same time for you to book into.  You are therefore encouraged to schedule into an assessment event as early as possible, particularly if your availability is restricted to specific times or dates. Failure to book an assessment slot will lead to your application being withdrawn.


Please note that no further dates will be made available as we have provided you with notice of when the assessment centres will be held.


Candidate Charter

You can download a copy of the Candidate Charter here. This outlines our commitment to you as a candidate by providing insight into our recruitment process.  It also outlines our expectations with regards to your engagement with us, to ensure that you receive the best recruitment experience possible, as we believe you should know the standards of service you can expect from us. You must read this document prior to submitting your application in order to understand every aspect of the process.  


Reasonable Adjustment Proces

If you require reasonable adjustments, you must notify the recruitment at least 48 hours (excluding weekends) prior to your scheduled assessment event to allow us to accommodate your requirements. You will then be sent a confirmation email which you will need to bring to your assessment. If you fail to bring this on the day your adjustments will not be granted and you will be unable to re-book.


If you require any reasonable adjustments to your online test then you must contact the recruitment team before starting the test to enable us to put those adjustments in place. If you inform us after you have started the test then your adjustments cannot be made.

We will consider that you are the expert regarding your own requirements and we will consider all requests fairly within the context of the role.


Please take the time to read the Disability Charter here.


Notice of Cancellation

We require you to give a minimum of 48 hours' notice of cancellation or re-schedule. Non-attendance at your Assessment Event may lead to your application being withdrawn.


Please note: Your assessment may be rescheduled once only and reschedules will only be granted if there are assessment slots available, so please make sure you check you can make an appointment before booking. Subsequent cancellation may lead to your application being withdrawn. If you do not follow the process outlined in the Candidate Charter you risk being withdrawn from the campaign.



Please be aware that the outcome of your final assessment will not be available until all suitable candidates have attended the assessment events. Outcome notification will be provided 10 to 14 days from the date of the last event. As assessment dates can change, we


Appointment to Post

In order to be appointed to a post, candidates must successfully pass medical screening and a drug & alcohol test. Candidates who do not pass the medical screening will have their offer of employment withdrawn.


Although you may be successful and offered the role – you may not commence employment in the role or start training immediately. There may be a requirement to delay your start date until you are required.  Although you may be successful at assessment, you may not immediately commence employment. You will have to wait for a start date to be confirmed and this may be up to 6 months after your assessment has taken place.



Appointment to the post is subject to successful completion of a full-time training course which will take upto 12 weeks (dependant on operational experience) to complete depending on licences currently held, including classroom based training and live station training. Candidates who do not pass the training will have their offer of employment withdrawn.



You will be assigned to an Area dependant on where the business requirements are within London Underground.  We do not offer roles on the basis of your preferred location.


Due to the high volume of applicants, we cannot provide individual feedback.


Contacting Us

If you need to speak to anyone within the Recruitment Team then please email the recruitment team at or call us on 03330062939 Option 1 Monday – Friday 08.30am – 17.30pm (Excluding bank holidays)


TfL aspires to be as diverse as the city we serve and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.