Employer: Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd

Who Are They?

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd is opening up a brand new factory in Newton Aycliffe, Tyne and Wear. The site will manufacture over 900 rail carriages for high-speed, commuter and metro trains. They’ll be used in the North East, across the UK, and hopefully internationally too. The factory will also have its own research, development and test facilities, including a test track.

When fully open, the plant will employ over 700 people, including apprentices.

Video Profile:

Think Physics filmed at Hitachi Rail in February 2015 while the factory was still been fitted out. The building is huge!

Perfect For:

If you are interested in rail, logistics, transportation or in making big things work, this could be the company for you. Hitachi are also a global business, so you may find yourself travelling abroad and experiencing other cultures.

There are number of skills and key attributes that Hitachi look for when employing new employees, including communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and respectfulness of others. They’re currently recruiting a range of posts – see the link to their jobs page in the sidebar. But as a quick guide, they’re looking for:

  • Technical Apprentices (specialising in Mechanical Manufacturing, Engineering Maintenance or Engineering Technical Support)
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Health & Safety Advisers
  • Quality Systems Engineer
  • PR and Communications Officer
  • Test Technicians and Assistants
  • Material Handlers

Helpful School Subject Choices:

  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Design & Technology

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