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Rail - STE5 OPI Inspector - London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Sector:

    Rail & Civil Infrastructure

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  • Salary:

    Up to £45000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Andy Rowlands

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

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STE5 OPI Inspector

About Us

Our Client is a leading Asset Management specialist providing software and inspections services. Our asset management inspections service is a new department focusing initially on structural inspections.

The Role

The OPI examiner will be responsible for carrying out visual and detailed inspections on OPI infrastructure including but not limited to fabric and M&E assets within station buildings and depots. The examiner will report directly to the Project Engineer and ensure inspections are completed to a high standard and within timescale. The examiner will be expected to conduct all site activities (examinations) with the support and management of the Project Engineer, giving daily progress reports and have a good working understanding of how to carry out OPI inspections in accordance with NR/L1/CIV/006 Part7A and 7B as well as NR/L3/CIV/006 Part 11A and 11B.


  • Carry out visual and detailed OPI Inspections on Railway Stations and Depots to NR standards NR/L3/CIV/006 Part 11A and 11B
  • Conduct yourself on site in a courteous and obliging manor with clients and members of the public.
  • Be proactive in planning your day / week ensuring any access arrangements are arranged in order to carry out the inspections.
  • Report and escalate any issues or lost time to your line manager as needed. The project Engineer will be on hand for tasks that require more than one person.
  • Align the department with the ethos of Pole Star.
  • Be proficient in the use of Pole Star systems, mainly BAMS (training will be provided).
  • Be punctual and reliable.



  • Have at least 2 years' experience in carrying out visual and detailed OPI Inspections to NR standards NR/L3/CIV/006 Part 11A and 11B
  • Experience carrying out 'recon surveys'
  • Good understanding of materials/defects and risk scoring.
  • Carry a valid STE5 competency.
  • Have a good working knowledge of rail environment.
  • Be highly computer literate with a view to learning Pole Star software.
  • A full UK driving licence is desirable but not essential if the candidate is confident in the use of public transport minimising disruption to site activities.


  • Have good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have strong problem-solving skills.
  • Be computer literate.


  • Have excellent time management skills and be punctual when arriving and leaving site.
  • Have solid organisational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
  • Be able to plan ahead for issues such as site access.
  • Be methodical when examining assets ensuring nothing is "missed" thus minimising site revisits.


  • Be structured, logical, and analytical.
  • Be motivated by challenges.
  • Feel confident problem solving and discussing problems with line managers.