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Test Technician

Location: Newton Aycliffe, Durham County, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0002862
Date Posted: Dec 9, 2021
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Are you looking for opportunities to work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the around the globe? Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

We are currently recruiting for Test Technicians at our state of the art manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe. These roles are responsible to undertake routine test and validation activities on Hitachi fleet trains. The role will involve recording and analysing test results and resolving any potential failures in order to exceed the customer’s quality expectations. These roles are being recruited on a fixed term contract basis.

Key activities and responsibilities during project mobilisation include:

  • Support the, Test Team Leaders & Engineers in developing test procedures using knowledge transfer, test specifications, engineering drawings and manufacturing instructions.
  • Support in implementation of newly developed procedures – involving where necessary; trialling procedures on early production vehicles, specifying tools/equipment, devising safe systems of work, methods for collecting/recording test results.
  • Receive training in test procedures and use of test equipment/tools/facilities, some training may be based off site and involve staying away from home.
  • Support in training the wider test team in application of the newly developed test procedures and working methods.

Key activities and responsibilities within Test and Validation will then include:

  • Carry out routine testing as per test procedures, in accordance with the testing processes required to deliver the correct number of trains on time as per the delivery plan.
  • Record any testing carried out and results as per stipulated processes (i.e. SAP). Analyse results to establish whether pass/fail and act on results accordingly.
  • Work with and support the relevant stakeholders in cross-functional team tasks.
  • Undertake fault finding, repair, installation and maintenance activities using appropriate technical information.
  • Monitor, review and update the asset management system (e.g. SAP).
  • Support Section Leads and Test team Leaders with train administration, access control and safe system of work management.
  • Support Test Team Leaders & Engineers in investigation of failures and feedback to the relevant stakeholders, with technical detail of issues arising from the test programme.
  • Support continual improvement of the testing processes, systems and development of existing and new test procedures – verify new documents and contribute to achieving improvement actions.
  • Carry out train moves as required, following processes and policy i.e. drive/shunt rail vehicles/trains in the test house, sidings, production and on the test track.
  • Receive training and assessments as required to maintain your competence for the role. Some training may be off site and involve staying away from home.
  • Work within the test competency model and strive towards being fully competent in all activities.
  • For tasks you are fully competent in; check, oversee and sign off work done by others at a lower competence level.
  • Assist in training/development of colleagues and wider test team in line with your own competence.
  • Flexibility required working towards business goals, in any area within the factory, including the sidings and test track. This may include working off site.

About you


  • Experience in testing and engineering.
  • Knowledge & understanding of ISO 9000 principles.
  • Attention to detail and the determination on quality standards are essential personal attributes.
  • Ability to interpret test results and to conduct failure investigations and report accordingly.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the organisation.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and with others.
  • Strong Health and Safety ethos.
  • A high performance culture with a drive for continuous improvement.
  • Ability to follow laid down procedures without deviation.


  • Experience within an Operational Railway Environment
  • Full UK Driving Licence advantageous


  • Educated to NVQ Level 3 in a relevant engineering discipline.

Why Hitachi Rail?

At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.

We offer a competitive salary and annual leave entitlement as well as a generous benefits package. This includes a pension scheme with contributions up to 9%, health insurance, and many more perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!

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