OLE Engineering Technician

Job Description

Are you ready to take up a vital role in shaping some of our exciting projects? How about joining our talented team, where everyone has a voice, and together we face our clients' problems head-on. It's a diverse and inclusive work environment where world-class talent knows no distinctions.

We know that different people have different priorities, which is why we're here to support you.

Flexible and remote working is a central part of our culture. So, talk to us about what's ideal for you – from reduced weeks to buying more leave over school holidays. And if you're returning from a career break, ask us how we can help you transition back into work with us.

Read more about how you can thrive with us.

Atkins is one of the world's leading rail engineers. Its rail business is the largest in its field in Europe. Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) is an integral part of the UK railway system providing traction power to electric trains on all major main lines. The Atkins OLE design team is one of the longest-established teams in the UK, with roots dating back to British Rail. We have been the OLE Lead Design Organisation on the majority of the recent new electrification schemes in the UK.

We undertake projects from feasibility through to detailed design and construction management. Our engineers are skilled in the design of OLE projects, including the production of Layout Plans, Cross sections, Switching cross sections, Section Diagrams and Bonding plans. Our designs encompass all elements of the OLE System from the structural steelwork through to the wiring fittings themselves and electrical feeding arrangements.

We are proudly part of the Central Rail Systems Alliance (CRSA) which is delivering a wide range of renewals and enhancements over an area from North London to the Scottish Border. We have committed forward workload and have a need to expand our design team to support these works.

As an OLE Engineering Technician you will work as part of one of our busy design teams producing design drawings, technical reports and calculation sheets under the supervision of a designer. There may also be a requirement for site survey activities using specialist OLE survey equipment.

A pre-employment medical and drug and alcohol screening will be required, as Atkins will put you forward for Personal Track Safety training after a successful probation period.

We are following hybrid working where the candidate will need to travel to our Derby / Birmingham office.

The Individual:

  • Able to think logically and laterally, solving problems creatively and assessing them rationally.
  • Able to multitask and respond to short-notice changes.
  • Able to act with initiative and to take responsibility.
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently and within a team.
  • Able to organise self.
  • Able to work to time and cost budgets.
  • Able to learn about new subjects quickly.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to express ideas, concerns, solutions, suggestions in written or oral form in such a way as to be understood by those with or without a technical background.
  • Positive with a proactive ‘can-do’ attitude.


Qualifications - Minimum 5 GCSEs Grades A-C, including English, Maths and Science.

Essential -

  • Appreciation of mechanical systems and how they work.
  • Appreciation of the Rail industry in the UK.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Good organisational skills.

Desirable - An understanding in the use of Computer Aided Design, in particular MicroStation.

Meeting your needs:

When you start with us, you'll enjoy "Total Reward", a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs. From flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk about any adjustments you might need.

YourReward at SNC-Lavalin​ (snclavalin.com).

More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world. Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.