Tom on-track for highflying international career

Tom on-track for highflying international career

Former Trafford College apprentice, Tom Linaker, is taking the express route to success after being offered a three-year international placement with Siemens Rail this spring.

Multi award-winning Tom chose an apprenticeship route with Trafford College at a later stage in his further education journey after realising his passion for knowledge within mathematics and electronics. He also wanted to find an academic programme that would offer him the progression he was striving for.

He hit the ground running on an apprenticeship programme with Siemens Rail where he trained as a maintenance technician at the Ardwick Traincare Facility. Quickly recognised for his enthusiasm and dedication, Tom was making a huge impact on his colleagues and the organisation. He swiftly escalated up the ranks, scooping a number of awards on his way, along with a bursary from the Engineers Trust which was presented to him by HRH the Princess Royal at the Royal College of Physicians.

Tom continued building a fantastic reputation among technicians, apprentices and managers for being professional, focused and mature, and an exemplary Siemens employee. With every successful qualification, Tom craved to learn more, and eventually sealed his apprenticeship programme with an additional university degree. This commitment to his personal development has seen his dreams of progression realised, most recently securing a position as a Control, Communication & Information (CCI) Engineer. His new role will see him focusing on understanding the design of the new Siemens metro trains for London underground - the Deep Tube Upgrade Program (DTUP) - in time for its delivery.

He has also been offered an exciting new opportunity to relocate to the Centre of Competence (COC) in Erlangen, Germany for the next three years; eventually traveling between three sites; Erlangen, Krefeld & Vienna. Whilst there he will work as part of the train control team understanding the entire onboard train control network and wayside communication, before taking his place within a 5-person Technical Engineering team dedicated to the new Sibas PN platform.

Armed with a wealth of newfound knowledge and expertise, Tom will once again relocate, this time to London, where he will oversee the delivery of the new metros to London Underground in 2024 and ensure the highest quality roll out.

Tom comments, “My apprenticeship programme gave me a great knowledge base and foundational understanding in electronics to allow me to enter a more technical role within engineering.

“During my time as an apprentice, I was encouraged to socialise and develop interpersonal skills which have enabled me to effectively communicate - a key attribute which can sometimes be overlooked when first starting out in a career.”