Civil Engineering

Overview

Your degree: A MEng or BEng (2:1 minimum) in either civil engineering or a closely related subject, as accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Scheme length: 3 years

Salary: £26,000

Closing date: This scheme is now closed

Introduction

As well as providing engineering advice and design solutions, we also build professional working relationships within our own organisation and across London.

Currently, we're working on the delivery of major new infrastructure such as extensions to the Northern and Metropolitan Tube lines, the Silvertown road tunnel and the Barking Riverside rail link. We're also increasing capacity at several central London stations, fitting out the Crossrail system and stations and many highway and urban improvements.

Our plans for London's continuing growth also include Crossrail 2, the River Crossings Programme, using smarter technology.

What you'll be doing

When you join this scheme, you'll become part of a team which is responsible for all above and below-ground transport. You'll work on a wide mix of projects and get the chance to contribute to major new schemes and large programmes in renewals and upgrades.

During your time with us you could find yourself working on anything from bridge rehabilitation and the cycle scheme to the design and construction of new stations and railway infrastructure, either in an operational engineering capacity or a more strategic role. 

This exposure to such a variety of work provides the basis for a challenging placement scheme with great opportunities.

Your placement could involve:

  • On site work on major projects, like the Victoria station upgrade or Elephant and Castle redevelopment
  • Design work on significant infrastructure projects like River Crossings and rail extensions
  • Infrastructure protection such as track or structures inspection, strengthening and refurbishment
  • Highway design and scheme implementation
  • Asset management, maintenance and remedial works programmes
  • Engineering governance of infrastructure projects

Training & development

You'll be fully supported throughout your training scheme, with access to practical experience and structured technical, commercial, health & safety, and management training. We aim to help you become eligible for chartered engineer status within five years.

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Aaron Matthews, 25

Scheme
Civil engineering (in the first year of a three-year scheme)

What is civil engineering?
Essentially, it's problem solving, so my job at TfL is to solve London's problems through civil engineering.

Degree
MEng in Civil and Architectural Engineering, Cardiff University.

Working hours
Typically, 9 to 5.

Typical day at work
I'm designing Underground stations at the moment, so it's pretty office based, although I might be in the office for half the day when someone will come up and ask if I want to go on a site visit. One minute you're in the office the next you're getting to look at the hidden tunnels underneath Oxford Circus.

My role is to take a station upgrade from an idea to a detailed working design. We get a host of different engineering disciplines, such as fire, electrical, mechanical and ventilation to review our designs to make sure we're delivering the best value stations for our customers.

Advice
TfL isn't necessarily looking for the most technically-minded people, they want people who are thinking about the customer. You're building all this infrastructure to help millions of people every day.

We also get the opportunity to be STEM ambassadors, which means we go into schools and speak to students about civil engineering. We have a dreadful shortage of engineers across the board -  men, women, ethnic minorities, everyone.

Future
I want to be a chartered civil engineer, so I need my professional accreditation for that. That might take another two years of being on the scheme, seeing different parts of the business and building up my experiences. After that, I'm really interested in commercial property, homes for Londoners and using the property we have to deliver low-cost housing for social benefits.

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