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Design, build and test a simulated railway crossing using specialist CAD software and electrical engineering skills.

Railway Crossing Simulator

Proeon Systems designs and develops new systems for its clients, who include companies in the energy sector, to help them make the most of modern technology. One of these requests is for a new railway crossing.

For this project, you will design, build, and test a railway crossing simulator based on the user’s requirements. This will include hardware and software design using specialist equipment. The design process will include creating electrical schematics, input/output schedules, and a functional design specification.

Once the design has been approved, the interns will manufacture a test enclosure to house the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and various inputs and outputs. The enclosure will then be put through its paces using Proeon’s standard method of testing before the software is downloaded into the PLC. A full functional test will then be carried out.

This project will provide the interns with hands-on, practical experience to gain an understanding of how we work, from the initial enquiry and user requirements through to producing a completed prototype. During this process, the interns will have access to most of the departments within Proeon Systems to ensure they understand the processes and how the company works.

This could be a team project.


Key skills and interests

  • Creative and innovative with an interest in electrical/software engineering
  • Self-motivated & well organised
  • Attention to detail
  • Works well in a team or as an individual
  • Punctual
  • Keen to develop interpersonal and communication skills
  • Computing knowledge required: familiarity with Microsoft office


Host company information

Proeon Systems is a specialist systems integrator supplying control and safety solutions for complex and critical applications in a variety of industry sectors that principally include the oil & gas, renewable, hydrogen, nuclear and utility industries. The company provides industrial grade control and safety solutions with specialist knowledge in automation control & safety systems, fire & gas systems, gas & turbine control systems, hazardous area systems, and subsea control systems .

Proeon provides complete turnkey systems that are a combination of hardware, software, control and functional safety engineering coupled with service and support services. The company draws on world leading engineering expertise to manage projects from concept design, development and manufacture of complete packages, through to providing support, installation and commissioning.

Address: Hethel Engineering Centre, Chapman Way, Hethel, Norwich NR14 8FB
Key contact: Theresa Ip

Visit the Proeon website for more information about the company.

CREST Awards

This project has been designed to help students achieve a GOLD Crest award. Download the CREST project guide to help you.

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