Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme & Engineering and Technology (IET) Graduate Scheme

Employer: Transport for London - Every Journey Matters
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Mechanical Graduate Scheme

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. It will also support your route to Chartered Engineer with the IMechE and your selection of a first role within the TfL Engineering Directorate. We 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. Here you can gain experience working on track at night and learn about the assets in front of you. 

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 reviewing asset strategies, 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  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 implementing and maintaining step-free access and planning for bus accommodation.   


On our graduate scheme, you get the opportunity to lead on selecting your placements and training based on your own technical interests and areas you want to learn about. Your mentor, as a senior engineer within the business will be able to give you plenty of advice on how to gain experience across the widest possible range of technologies, tools and teams. Approximately half way through the 2-year scheme, we hope graduates have experienced enough of the TfL Engineering directorate to understand which asset area they would prefer to roll-off into. Further support is available following roll-off up until chartership through continued support provided by IMechE accredited mentors.  

Link to application


Engineering and Technology (IET) Graduate Scheme

Entry requirements

Candidates must already hold or be on track to achieve a minimum of 2:2 BEng/BSc or MEng/MSc in electrical, electronic, systems or mechatronic engineering or a closely related subject accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Candidates with IET accredited pure Mechanical Engineering degrees will only be considered for the Systems Engineering stream (see below).

Our Engineers focus on the assets that form the foundation of our transport system. London never stops and the engineering challenge which we face in modernising and upgrading our systems has been likened to undertaking open heart surgery on a patient while they are running a marathon!

Your work will span multiple transport modes, working with stakeholders and suppliers to deliver large scale projects and enable reliable operation of one of the world's leading transport networks. Our projects include new rail lines and extensions, new river crossings, congestion relief enhancements at major stations, development of traffic control technology, multi-discipline system upgrades, and preparing for transport “game-changers” such as electric and autonomous road vehicles.

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What will I be doing?

As a graduate, your two year development programme will be made up of up to eight placements, each typically lasting three months. You will also undertake a series of short front line experience placements in order to appreciate the perspective of Engineering’s internal operations and maintenance customers.

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 and ambitions are different, so every graduate's journey with us is unique.

You will be asked to express a preference for one of the following streams on application:



  • Electrical Engineering

This covers all aspects of the electrical assets that keep London's transport system moving.  Your placements could include design of rolling stock upgrades, specification of electrical systems for stations, testing and commissioning for a new signalling system upgrade, delivering power systems for a railway extension, or assuring the safety of new electrical installations for traffic control systems.


  • Systems Engineering

This involves working across all transport modes, helping us to get the most out of our assets and to deliver the most cost effective and efficient projects.  Your placements will include Systems Engineering and Systems Integration on our major schemes, working at all phases in the project lifecycle from outcome definition through options development to design, delivery and subsequent system operation.  You will also have the opportunity to get involved in developing strategic and policy objectives into specific schemes and to work with our transport innovation team to help prepare London’s transport network for the advent of new technologies.


  • Technology Engineering

This includes using new and emerging technology to solve complex technical problems by applying engineering judgement to support delivery of a wide range of engineering projects across TfL, from delivering Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality training aids to creating systems to support autonomous vehicles. Your placements could include work on signalling and control systems both on the street and on rail, or supporting the development of our telecoms networks such as CCTV or emergency phone systems. There is also a strong focus on protecting our systems through effective and appropriate cyber security measures.


Whatever your preference, you will undertake a range of challenging placements in order to gain an overview of the transport system and find out the area of work which best suits you.  Subject to meeting the core requirements of the stream which you have preferenced, you will have exceptional freedom in building your own scheme, selecting opportunities to learn and deliver work that suit your skills and aspirations.