Design Vacancies

We currently have several vacancies covering various Signalling Designer roles.

These include:

Signalling Design Verifiers (1.1.160)

Principles Designers (1.1.550)

Designers (1.1.510)

 

Please visit our Careers page for more information.

New office signals further growth for TICS

TICS Rail Signalling has announced the opening of a new office in Kettering, signalling its ambitions for continued growth and greater geographical coverage.

The new office will enable TICS to enhance its works testing capability and increase its ability to deliver signalling design, installation, testing and commissioning in the heart of Northamptonshire and southwards, into the Greater London region. Kettering is centrally located with strong transport links to the north and south via the M1 and A1, as well as the A14 to the East and the M6 to the West. It is also strategically positioned to service both the East Coast and West Coast Mainlines.

As a leading independent signalling services provider to the UK railway and one of the UK’s largest independent testing groups, TICS Rail Signalling has a growing presence, with centres of operation in Doncaster, York, Barnsley and now Kettering. The TICS brand is 20 years old this year and is a highly-respected Tier 2 provider of services to industry giants such as Siemens, Kier, Colas, Amey and Babcock Rail.

In May 2017, TICS became part of Trackwork Ltd. in an acquisition which has seen the two companies co-locate in Trackwork’s existing 37-acre site at Kirk Sandall, Doncaster. It has been a highly beneficial move for both companies, enabling each to provide an enhanced rail offering to their joint customer base.

The new office in Kettering will be headed by John Storer, Senior Test and Commissioning Engineer. John is a seasoned Principles Tester and Major Works Tester in Charge, with experience on both Network Rail and LUL Infrastructure, working in the industry since the 1980s. He has always been heavily involved in staff development at TICS, ensuring all staff are competent to standards laid down by Network Rail. He is also an IRSE Workplace and Competence Assessor. Under John will be a team comprising four testers in charge and supported by 3b/4, 3c and Mod 5 competent staff.

Steve Brookes – Testing Director said: “This is an exciting time in our history. Kettering will prove to be key to our growth and expansion in the south of the country, and will enable us to build on existing relationships with Tier 1 partners. John Storer has the ideal breadth of skills and experience to manage this new arm of our operation.”

Mark Cusack – Commercial Director said: “This is our 20th year of operation and our first anniversary since becoming part of the Trackwork Group, strengthening our position in the industry and enabling us to develop opportunities to provide a multi-disciplinary offering.”

TICS Rail Signalling will be attending Rail Live on 20th-21st June, with specialists from its Kettering office in attendance. Alternatively, contact TICS Rail Signalling at their Kettering office on 01536 680757, their York office on 01904 676709 or their head office on 01302 888631 – or email info@tics-ltd.co.uk.

Trackwork Group acquire TICS


We are pleased to announce that TICS (Global) Limited has been acquired by the Trackwork Group in a strategic move to provide an enhanced rail offering to our joint customer base.

Trackwork is a family owned business formed in 1976, based at their 37 acre site in Doncaster and specialising in a wide range of rail construction and maintenance activities such as Track Design, Installation and Maintenance, S&C Manufacturing, Rail Plant and Material Supply. TICS (Global) Limited will retain its separate legal entity with a ‘business as usual’ ethos being adopted, with quality engineering and customer focus being key to our operations. This is an exciting period for all concerned and will strengthen both companies going forward.

 

I am very proud and feel extremely privileged to have been part of building the TICS brand that is so respected in our industry and I am enormously thankful to everyone that has played a part in making this possible. I still find it quite remarkable just how much TICS has grown from its humble beginnings and this is without question, a result of the Team’s attitude towards technical excellence, hard work and an untiring desire to exceed the customer’s expectations. The new owners bring a wealth of opportunities and a support structure to move the business to even greater heights. Les May

 

The acquisition gives both Trackwork and TICS a great opportunity to enhance its overall offering to its customers and, with a business as usual approach being taken, our customers should see improvements in the way we operate as we maintain and grow our highly skilled signalling services.  TICS Board

 

Biannual Safety Day

On Friday 17 March 2017, the workforce of TICS took time out from their busy schedule to attend the Company’s biannual safety day.

The event, which is held every six months, was hosted at the Keepmoat stadium, home to Doncaster Rovers football club. Employees gathered in the Belle Vue Suite of the West Stand to hear key safety updates, business performance, future opportunities and best practice initiatives from Managing Director Mark Cusack and his Team, with the opportunity given to raise any questions and suggestions on any other important matters in an open forum.

The rail industry remains one of the most safety-critical in the world. In the year 2015-16, for the first time since the Government’s Office of Rail and Road began its series of safety reports, there were no workforce fatalities. Workforce injuries on the mainline were down by 7.7 per cent on the previous period, although there were still 6,597, of which 157 were major ones. In 2016-17 TICS demonstrated a strong safety record with AFR of 0.0 and AIR 0.0 against 128,603 labour hours so far.

It is vital that due attention is given to the health, safety and well-being of all who are involved in rail work, which is what makes safety stand-down days like these so important.

Mark Cusack said, “It is essential that TICS focuses on safety at all times and emphasises its importance to the Company as a whole. The safety of every TICS employee is our absolute number one priority, we are all one family and our mature attitude to safety goes hand in hand with good business performance. Discussing the main safety issues and reiterating the Business’s expectations as a group also gives everyone in the Company an opportunity to air their views, ask questions about anything they may not understand and helps us to develop new initiatives, including where we might need to focus our attention to do things better.

On behalf of the Board of Directors at TICS, I would like to thank every member of our team for their positive their participation and I have no doubt the day will help us maintain our high standards and the safety of all as well as helping us to continually improve the way we do things.”

Jonathan Young, HSEQ Manager at TICS, said, “These events are incredibly important. We involve our entire Leadership Team, our Managers, our highly skilled Engineers and support personnel. It is vital for the Business to be absolutely committed to safety at every level in order to provide a safe working environment.”

Mark Beal, Functional Tester at TICS and the Company Staff Representative, said, “It is great to work for an organisation that takes safety so seriously. Having previously worked for a major rail company, it pleases me to say that our safety ethic outweighs our size and puts us on a higher level than many other organisations. Whilst the safety stand-down day at the Keepmoat Stadium will have cost the Company a lot of money, the benefits from a safety perspective by far outweigh any costs.

The two-way dialogue between staff and management about old and new safety issues was a pleasure to be involved in and can only benefit the company and enhance the already good safety practice that we have in operation here at TICS.”

The next safety day event is planned to place in September 2017.

TICS Achieves Health and Safety Accreditation

In February of this year, TICS Rail Signalling achieved conformity with OHSAS 18001 in the Occupational Health Safety Assessment Series. Officially BS OHSAS 18001, it is an internationally applied British Standard which helps all kinds of organisations put in place demonstrably sound occupational health and safety performance.

Jonathan Young, HSEQ Manager at TICS, said, “In gaining this International Standard, we, as a business, have demonstrated that we are committed to implementing, maintaining and continually improving our occupational health and safety management system. As a result, our staff and customers can be confident that TICS always eliminates or minimises all risks associated with our activities.”

OHSAS 18001 adds to TICS’ other accreditations including: ISO 9001 (quality management); RISQS qualified and registered supplier; FORS bronze certificate holder; and NSAR and CHAS accredited.

The OHSAS 18001 specification was updated in July 2007. Among other changes, the new specification is more closely aligned with the structures of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 so that organisations can more easily adopt OHSAS 18001 alongside existing management systems. Additionally, health was given greater emphasis.

TICS Recruiting

TICS is currently recruiting for the following:

  • Tester In Charge
  • Functional Tester
  • Senior Project Manager / Programme Manager (Railway
    Signalling)
  • MOD 5 Assistant Engineers

Please click HERE for further details.

TICS Recertifications – A few busy weeks!

Busy few weeks for TICS! – Re-certificated our ISO 9001:2008 accreditation, successfully retained our RISQS 5-star status and attained CHAS accreditation. Well done to all!

Network Rail Industry Common Induction

Network Rail Industry Common Induction: The ICI covers the safety procedures and risks that are common across the rail industry, whatever the role and type of site.

TICS (Global) Ltd. recognised the benefits of the ICI initiative and took the step to mandate the competence for ALL employees – Sentinel Card holders or not, all operational staff, support functions, managerial and administrative staff.

We are proud to say that, as of this week, ALL TICS (Global) employees have successfully achieved the ICI competence – Supporting Network Rail in their vision statement of ‘Home Safe Everyday’ and our shared belief “Outstanding safety performance and outstanding business performance go hand in hand”.

Congratulations to all.

Mark Cusack, Managing Director.

North Doncaster Chord Completed

NORTH DONCASTER CHORD

The North Doncaster Chord, directly linking the Skellow and Askern freight lines, is now complete, with scheduled freight traffic using the Chord daily.

The Chord was officially opened by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, on 26th June 2014 (pictured below, alongside Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for LNE and EM).

The main signalling commissioning was successfully undertaken over the weekend of 17/18th May 2014 and all three lines were handed back, fully operational, and on time.

On project completion, TICS had introduced to the rail network:

  • 17 new locations
  • 450 new relays
  • 20,000m new lineside cable
  • 7 new signals
  • A new panel at Shaftholme

….and completed extensive alterations at Doncaster PSB, interface changes at Norton GB, the re-control of Haywood LC and the commissioning of the new chord.

The first freight train ran over the Chord (HTM) at 11:45hrs on 01st June 2014.