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Course Aims

The course is intended to provide the delegate with the knowledge and skills required to be competent to carry out the duties of a Grinding Operative.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: -

  • Have a clear understanding of the duties of a Grinding Operative.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of Abrasive Wheels for each Grinding Machine
  • Be able to identify the effects of Rolling Contact Fatigue in both Plain Line and Switch & Crossings
  • Be able to demonstrate competency in the safety aspects and use of each grinding machine including: -
  • Head grinder
  • Switch deburrer
  • Hand held angle grinder
  • Be able to use relevant track gauges
  • Have an understanding of the Non- Destructive Testing Procedures
  • Course Duration

    Four Days with one day assessment.


    There are no particular educational or competence pre-requisites for the course. However, the following factors will be of significant benefit to the delegate: -

  • Prior experience in working within the Permanent Way Environment
  • A basic knowledge of the track and its components
  • Personal Protective Equipment

    This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line, therefore, he/she MUST be in possession of: -

  • Valid P. T. S. Card
  • Protective “all orange” High Visibility Clothing to BS EN 471:2003
  • Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO20345:2004
  • Safety Helmet (white/blue) to BS EN 397:1995
  • Flame retardant trousers
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F
  • Anti-Vibration Gloves
  • The protective equipment must comply with current safety standards.


    A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to the delegate on completion of the course and assessment.