Skip to main content

Search for jobs via job title or by location using the fields below:

If you leave fields blank and click the search button you will see all available vacancies. There may be several pages of results.

Search Vacancies


C4 Maintenance MB2

Bournemouth Depot is home to a number of South Western Railway's fleet. The engineering team at the depot are currently responsible for numerous projects such as the major component overhaul work on the 159 fleet, the Desiro repaint on the class 444's and 450's and the latest modification project on our exciting new Arterio fleet that is set to transform travel on our suburban routes by offering customers much faster and more reliable journeys!

Who are you?

You are seeking a change of scenery and an exciting new challenge that offers fantastic job satisfaction and variety. You have gained maintenance experience within the aerospace sector, motor industry or similar, and have transferrable skills that will be valued in the rail industry. You have experience working in a safe manner and understand the importance of following strict Health and Safety regulations such as COSHH. You are able to work within a safety critical environment and have great attention for detail. You are a focused individual that enjoys working as part of a team, a fantastic communicator and great listener, and have the ability take initiative.

Main things you'll deliver

To service maintain, repair and overhaul traction units, components and equipment to specifications laid down by South Western Railway. You will be a key member of the maintenance team responsible for inspecting our trains as they come in for service. Tasks can range from replacing multiple valves one day to tasks more advanced such as replacing traction motors and gearboxes the next. You will adhere to Depot protection, quality procedures and rules and regulations that have been put in place and will ensure that all trains are fit for service before releasing them for our customers to enjoy.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Undertake routine electrical and mechanical maintenance of components and systems, in accordance with exam schedule.
  • Using the correct equipment undertake fault finding tasks.
  • Complete environmental examinations against detailed specifications, detailing any issues found.
  • Undertake basic servicing (eg) Brake pads, air filters, oil etc
  • Carry out repairs or additional work arising from the examination (mechanical, electrical or vehicle building)
  • Carry out general cosmetic repairs in the carriages, such as changing light fittings and door locks and replacing windows, trim and lino.
  • Set up electrical contact tips.
  • Refuel the units checking and topping up all levels as required.
  • Paint the units both internally and externally within South Western Railway specifications.
  • Prepare trains for service ensuring a clean and presentable environment.
  • Using appropriate paperwork record work carried out and sign on completion.
  • Obtain, use, care for and return all tools and equipment used.
  • Advise Production Manager / Supervisor of any problems or defects identified and any work arising from the issues.
  • Undertake Depot Protection responsibilities as required.

Working hours & Remuneration

Base salary for an MB2 Maintenance is £30,734 plus a regional allowance, however many shift patterns offer additional enhancements plus potential opportunity for overtime. There may also be additional enhancements for working nights.

Working an average of 37 hours per week.

Shift work pattern which includes weekends and bank holidays , 24/7 rotating shifts.

Training & Qualifications

At SWR we believe in providing our staff with the best tools and training in order to carry out tasks to the best of their ability. Upon joining, you will attend practical courses at our training centre in Basingstoke where you will attain recognisable qualifications and information in the following areas:

  • Depot operating procedures and safety requirements.
  • Personal Track Safety
  • DC Electrified Lines.
  • Passed out in Rules and Regulations as required


I started my career in SWR and the railway in September 2019 as a graduate on the Engineering Management Graduate Scheme. Two years on, I am now a full time Production Manager at Wimbledon Depot, and the first woman to be in this position which I am immensely proud of! The opportunities available to you within SWR and the railway are vast, and if there is something that interests you, the support is always there in developing your skill set.” – Jeena Gill (Production Manager)

"After spending 7 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), where I maintained Apache helicopters as an Avionics Technician, I chose to move into the rail industry as it offers a welcoming environment for ex-services personnel. I am able to use the qualifications and skills I have obtained over the years as many of them are directly transferrable into the sector. SWR have been able to offer me a challenging opportunity, empowering me to drive forward positive change to support our goals in providing the best service possible for our passengers!"Micheal Lucas (Senior Production Manager)


Other important information - because we always need to be alert, we have very strict requirements around drugs and alcohol and therefore you will need to pass a medical, also checking your general health. You will also need to be able to complete a number of assessments that ensure you are the right person for this varied yet demanding role.

Applicants who require a visa, must have at least 6 months remaining at the time of their appointment.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a variety of valuable benefits including free duty and leisure travel on SWR services for employee, free leisure travel for spouse/partner and dependants (criteria dependant) , 75% discount on many other train operating companies, a range of retail benefits and an excellent pension scheme.

At SWR we believe our people are our greatest asset.

Our vision is to recruit and retain the best talent from most diverse pool of candidates across our regions.

We are committed to establishing a sense of inclusion for all and to value each person for the unique contribution they bring.

Close map
Bournemouth Depot
Nelson Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, BH4 9JA
  • Ref:
  • Company:
    South Western Railway
  • Website Skillset:
    All Other Roles
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
  • Contracted Hours:
  • Location:
    Bournemouth Depot
  • Salary:
    £30,734 per anuum plus regional allowance of £451 per annum
  • Closing Date:
    24 March 2023
Share this page
Share with linkedin
Share with facebook
Share with twitter
Share with email
Vacancy Alerts
Create an alert subscription based on this vacancy