Meet Philip

To find challenges motivating

In the coming years, there will be a great need for engineers who knows of traffic planning, signalling, driving power, trains and tracks – and not least the interaction between these techniques. The Danish Parliament has decided to expand and modernise public transport, and in the next 10 years there will be a total investment of 60 billion kroner in the railway sector. It will undoubtedly be challenging, but it does not worry the awesome youngster Philip Kræn Andersen. He finds challenges motivating, and it has just made his desire to work within the industry even bigger. Philip studies Construction and Mechanics at DTU. On third year he works as a student assistant at BaneDanmark in the Department of Track, System and Development. He explains how he through his job is actually aware of the limitations of his prior knowledge. “A rail, for example, works very simple, but I simply have to admit that it is actually incredibly complex. I am accustomed to sitting with a lot of sterile models, but when I compare them with what my colleagues are working on, I can sense how much more than just a few models it takes to create results, and it actually motivates me.”

Life on the Inside

Philip applies for the position as student assistant at BaneDanmark, because he wants a study-related job. He is a year into his bachelor’s degree in engineering and thinks that the job at BaneDanmark is the ideal job for him.

Philip gets the job and today he is super happy with his decision. Because, even though Philip’s study and his job at BaneDanmark do not necessarily have a lot to do with each other, what he learns in his work is certainly not irrelevant to his future.

“The analytical approach and way of seeing things, are very relevant. It is definitely something I am going to be able to use in my future job “

Philip currently leads a sub-project in cooperation with DTU, and says that it means a lot for him that his colleagues show a lot of confidence in his ability, and gives him responsibility for such a great task.

“We are beginning to monitor some turnouts, to see how they break down. Then we should be able to judge when to intervene and do some preventative maintenance so that they can stay for many years. “

He tells how he finds challenges motivating and how it has made him want to work with the industry.

“I think I have developed myself through my job in BaneDanmark because I have gained a more realistic view of the infrastructure in Denmark. I had absolutely no idea how things were connected in the past, and I do not think there are many outside the industry, who knows the infrastructure that well. How expensive and how difficult it is to maintain a railway line, for example.”


Development or settlement

“There are a lot of incredibly motivated people in the industry who really wants to make the railroad better, and you can’t avoid being infected by those people and their spirit. The whole culture focus on the track, and that it needs to work best as possible.”

Meanwhile, it is not 60 billion the government has set off for DSB. Everywhere in the industry there is development, whether it is rails, tunnels, software, Internet of Things or something completely different.

At a technologically standpoint, the industry is aware of many of the same trends that are hitting all other industries at the moment. This focus means that the industry is technologically very advanced – Believe it or not..

“I think the industry is clearly under development and I really think there has been a boost in starting and implementing some newer and slightly more intelligent solutions. Both in terms of collecting and processing data, and in relation to monitoring the situation on the tracks. Yes, and I think that many people have an idea of being very limited if you choose the railroad, but I really do not think so. On the contrary, the industry is opening up a sea of opportunity and, personally, it gives me a huge freedom, which is why I feel quite carefree for my future. “

Hyperloop is an excellent example of technological engineering in the field and although we are not yet quite as far at home, the Danish railways are currently compensating by introducing the first trains with electrical motors, which will reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.


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