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Transport (Rail) Telecoms Systems Designer – Summer Placement - Liverpool and London

Job Details

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  • Locations:
    Any available location:, Liverpool, London
  • Job Type:
    Summer Placement
  • Closing Date:
    14 April 2019

Interested In This Role?

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference to the world. Arup Digital combines innovative digital solutions and processes with our domain expertise across the built environment.

Advanced Digital Engineering

We are a centre of excellence for digital in Arup. We combine advanced digital, engineering, technical, and project expertise to add new value for clients.

Arup's Advanced Digital Engineering group comprises over 300 advanced engineering, digital and project consultants, bringing together a seamless combination of digital and data-related capabilities with Arup's traditional engineering and design strengths. We use this to solve our clients most complex challenges and help them respond effectively to the fast-changing digital world. We combine advanced digital expertise in data, models, analytics, and user centred design, with world-class specialist engineering skills such as advanced dynamics, vibration and wind engineering, as well as digital advisory services, mobility consulting and digital product design and delivery.

We support Arup's longstanding commitment to work on the most interesting and innovative projects by using the right modelling, data, technology and automation capabilities to redefine the built environment with our clients. We provide digital advisory services that focus on working with clients on their digital strategy, design of new services, systems and assets, and helping deliver working solutions along with the development of new analysis tools and other cloud enabled digital services for clients.

What are we looking for?

We're currently looking for Summer Placements to join our Rail Telecoms Systems teams in Liverpool and London for 6-8 weeks starting in June or July 2019. 

What will Arup offer you?

The opportunity to experience a fast-paced and diverse working environment. Arup searches for the highest calibre people and supports and encourages the enhancement of your skills as part of making this a valuable and enjoyable summer placement for you.

You will have the opportunities to work on the design and specification of technology systems and services on transport sector projects. This role will be based within our Advanced Digital Engineering transport sub-team and will be primarily focussed on the rail sector, although there will be the opportunity to work in other sectors as the need arises.

This role will include the design and specification of the following types of systems along with technology appraisal, site surveys and overseeing the installation and bringing into service of systems.

  • Railway Operational Telecom Systems (Operational Telephony, Copper, Fibre, FTN, FTNx, GSM-R & associated transmission systems)
  • Station Information and Surveillance Systems (SISS) including CCTV, PA/VA, Customer Information systems, Passenger Help Points
  • DOO (Driver Only Operation)
  • SCADA systems
  • Station Management Systems
  • Control room technology
  • Airport operational systems
  • IT communications infrastructure including IT routes, rooms, risers, copper and fibre optic cabling
  • Local area networks, wireless LANs, telephony, unified communications
  • Radio and cellular distributed antenna systems

As part of the Arup Advanced Digital Engineering team you will be involved in a range of projects from minor renovations and refits through to extensive major new builds. Your time may be spent on a single large project, such as electrification schemes, re-signalling schemes or new station builds, or multiple smaller developments. Projects will be delivered to all vertical markets where Arup Digital operates including government, retail, transport, sport and commercial development, as our primary areas of focus. You will provide telecoms advice and design content to external clients, other Arup disciplines and Rail design team colleagues typically for The Guide to Railway Investment Projects (GRIP) Stages 2 – 8 and RIBA stages 2 through to 6.

Current schemes include High Speed 2, Crossrail 2, Brent Cross Sidings, Meridian Water New Station, Luton Airport Mass Passenger Transit, Bedford Cauldwell Depot and Sydney Metro.


What will you offer Arup?

Personal profile

Ideally you will currently be in your penultimate year of study looking to enter graduate employment in September 2020, however, we will consider students/graduates at any stage of your education.

You should be an innovative problem solver, someone who thinks ‘outside the box' and who is able to communicate ideas and solutions. You should have a positive and forward-thinking approach and enjoy working as part of a friendly and supportive team. Workload will be diverse and the ability to multi-task and manage your workload is important.

An enquiring mind is key to our approach, as we work across numerous diverse contexts. You will be able to assimilate such new contexts rapidly, and to use various design techniques to help make sense of them, for colleagues, clients and collaborators.

You should be a well-rounded person in terms of interests and ambitions as we look forward to you getting involved and becoming integrated into the Arup community during your summer placement with us.


Technical qualifications

  • A degree in a relevant subject such as Railway Engineering, Railway Systems Engineering or Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications, or Systems Engineering with a demonstrable interest in rail is required.
  • Strong results in relevant modules (2:1 or higher).
  • Accreditation from a relevant professional institution (IET or similar) is desirable.
  • Qualifications in data networking such as Cisco or other network manufacturer accreditation is also desirable.

Other Skills

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong numerical skills
  • Self-motivated inquisitive learner
  • Technical skill / solution motivated career path
  • CAD, BIM, Revit skills (desirable)
  • Project Management Training (desirable)

In return, we offer the following:

  • Opportunities to work on international projects
  • An interesting and varied workload where you'll make a tangible difference to the world
  • A collaborative, intelligent and friendly team in an excellent working environment
  • A challenging workload that will stretch your mind and make the most of your skills


Additional Information

These Summer Placements will start in June or July 2019 and last for 6-8 weeks.

You must upload the following information to be considered, and should follow the instructions carefully:

  • Cover letter, detailing reason for application and why you are interested in the Rail Telecoms sector
  • CV
  • Breakdown of modules and results to date
  • Examples of your work

Please upload as one document, and not three separate attachments.

Candidates must follow these instructions precisely to ensure that they are considered for the role.

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