Design and Development Engineering (Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer)

Transport for London (TfL)
London (Greater)
21 Nov 2017
31 Mar 2018
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Our degree-level apprenticeship will provide you with an exciting opportunity to make a huge impact on the millions of journeys customers make across London each day.

We develop innovative solutions and concepts that make sure our current and future infrastructure can deliver the safe and reliable service our customers deserve.

About the role

During this apprenticeship, you will get a chance to:

  • Design and develop new solutions using knowledge of electronics hardware and software
  • Test bespoke hardware/software solutions to deliver business objectives
  • Work on projects which may include: lighting, monitoring, indoor navigation, and many other themes
  • Explore data extraction and new engineering opportunities
  • Design and deliver devices capable of being manufactured at a competitive cost

We need to make sure our infrastructure and equipment can face future challenges but to do this, we need to conceptualise, develop and test new engineering solutions on the operational railway.

During its peak, London Underground runs 540 trains serving 270 stations and as journeys increase, customers will expect more from the Tube network.


You'll work on six, 6-month long placements. For design work, placements are mainly office based, although you'll get some time on site/in the laboratory for testing

There are opportunities to work on frontline transport operations
You could also find yourself developing exciting new engineering technologies with its own project plan. This would including testing, compliance and health and safety activities, using your hardware and software skills to create a solution for senior management teams, or you could be working as part of a multi-million pound project and working in a large team.

This might involve collaborating and communicating effectively to develop a design fit for purpose, structured programming and circuit design.

About you
This new, exciting and challenging apprenticeship will broaden your understanding of electronics and give you the expertise to create minimal viable products and fully operational solutions. You'll also get to design and deliver devices that provide a useful function, capable of being manufactured at a competitive cost.

You'll use your self-starter motivation and organised thinking to achieve a degree in electronics or electrical and electronic engineering. This could be either a BA Hons; BSc Hons or BBA Hons, accredited by a body such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This will include vocational and academic elements to allow you to work towards chartered membership of the IET in the future.

It's important for you to meet all the requirements of the scheme so you can pass the end of your assessment. Towards the end of the scheme, we'll also start trying to find out which areas of TfL you'd like to work in. Where possible, we try to find placements for you in the areas you'd like to continue after the scheme, so you can get the right experience for your career goals.

Successfully completing your apprenticeship could lead to a role in engineering or in one of our many office functions. It's really is up to you and what suits you best.

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