Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme

Transport for London
30 Sep 2018
26 Oct 2018
Start Date
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme

2 years



Entry requirements
Candidates must hold or be on track to achieve a minimum of a 2:1 MEng in Mechanical Engineering or a closely aligned subject accredited by IMechE

Job overview

Our Engineers focus on the assets that form the foundation of our transport system. Mechanical engineers are at the heart of the design and innovation that helps 30 million customer journeys around London, every single day. The emphasis of our graduate scheme is on developing 'world-class' mechanical engineers who seek to become the senior engineers, subject matter experts and leaders of the future. You will find solutions to meaningful problems, driving the most recognised and innovative transport network in the world.

What will I be doing?

As a graduate, your two year development programme will be made up of up to eight placement rotations. Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful career. We also understand that everyone's career is different, so every graduate's journey is unique. Here's an idea of what yours could look like;

Year 1

Placement 1 - Rolling Stock Engineering - 3 months
You will be placed within either major projects or operational, understanding 3D design, maintenance optimisation, fault finding and manufacturing solutions

Placement 2 - Track Engineering - 3 months
You will be trialling new technologies, carrying out risk simulations, track inspections and reviewing new track layout designs. You may be expected to work night shifts.

Placement 3 - Lifts and Escalators Engineering - 3 months
Understanding safety standards, implementing technology updates and reviewing system designs. You may be expected to work night shifts.

Placement 4 - Operational Engineering - 3 months
Based at a depot, you will experience route-cause analysis, maintenance inspections and implementing designs generated from rolling stock. You may be expected to work night shifts.

Year 2

Placement 5 - Station Systems Engineering - 3 months
Understanding station power-saving, CFD simulations of station wind speeds, station cooling systems, carrying out passenger flow simulations and layout planning for operation equipment.

Placement 6 - Asset management - 3 months
Responsibilities will include carrying out asset inspections, monitoring the life-expectancy of assets, managing maintenance schedules for older assets and designing implementation schedules for new assets.

Placement 7 - Major Projects - 3 months
As a more strategic placement, you will experience stakeholder management and the commercial aspects to Engineering. This placement is pan-TfL, so your placement could be on anything from cycle superhighways, bridges and structures, Crossrail/Crossrail 2 to deep tube upgrades.

Placement 8 - Building Services Engineering - 3 months
As a more practical placement you will be focused on mostly small station upgrades. This could include things like implementing and maintaining step-free access and planning for bus accommodation.

The placements in your first year on the programme will be fixed and the placements in your second year will be mutually agreed to ensure you gain experience on the widest possible range of technologies, tools and teams. In your second year, you will have the opportunity to tailor your time with us to suit your needs. Your final placement will be in the chosen team which you would like to roll-off into.

What do we look for?

Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proof for millions of Londoners. Our talented graduates form a vital part of that vision, so it's important that we find the best people to help us do this. We're looking for people who are;

- Have an inquisitive mind
- Relish a challenge
- Are motivated to add value through a solutions-focused approach
- Passionate vision
- Team focussed

As a member of the team, we'll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value from day one. If you are excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London and are up for a challenge and thrive under pressure, then this is the career path for you.

Where can this career take me?

Our mechanical engineers have the chance to create a huge impact. A career with us can be very varied with opportunities across the whole of TfL engineering for you to enjoy. In five years, you will should expect to have achieved chartered status; creating opportunities to be an engineer working in all areas of the business from performance engineering, using simulation software, to providing technical support to our operating businesses and responsible for making key technical decisions. Following that, you could be responsible for the performance of a team and setting the engineering approach informing strategic decisions on designs and processes.

What development and support will you get?

Whilst on the scheme, we'll support your technical development through a wide range of on-the-job practical experiences and placements. We'll also support your professional development through a combination of classroom-led training courses, online training courses, mentoring opportunities and structured networking opportunities with scheme alumni. You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor and your Line Manager. You'll also be connected to a 'buddy' who will be an alumnus from the scheme.

To find out more about the recruitment process for this role, please click here

Reasonable Adjustments

If you have any special requirements or require any reasonable adjustments to enable you to take our online tests or to attend our assessment centre, please contact us by phone or email on the contact details below.

Please note: We need a minimum of 48 hours' notice to allow us to try and accommodate reasonable adjustments at the assessment centre. Any adjustments will be confirmed to you in writing, once received, please print a copy and bring this to the assessment with you.

Contacting Us

If at any time you need to speak to anyone within the Recruitment Team then please contact us on (Option 1) or alternatively email us at

So if you're looking to make an impact on the future of the Capital - and the lives of the people who live and work here, now's the time to make your move.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability status .

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