Mechanical Engineering


Your degree: A 2:1 (minimum) MEng in mechanical engineering, accredited by the IMechE, or a related subject
Scheme length: 2 years
Salary: £26,000

Closing date: This scheme is now closed.


We're upgrading and renewing the infrastructure of the world's oldest and busiest underground railway with new technology and modern design. Major programmes and projects are currently transforming the Tube of the future, but we still have a commitment to keeping our network reliable and safe.

What you'll be doing

During your two-year placement you'll be based in one team so you can really get to grips with this hands-on role. During that time, you could find yourself working in:

  • Rolling stock engineering
  • Track engineering
  • Lifts and escalators (L&E) engineering
  • Station system engineering
  • Asset management
  • Operational engineering

In any one of the following programmes across the business, including:

  • New Tube for London
  • Four Lines Modernisation (formerly Sub-Surface Upgrade)
  • Ventilation and cooling projects
  • Major station capacity projects
  • Major infrastructure projects
  • Crossrail

You may have the opportunity to do your placement in one of our other groups, like Docklands Light Railway (DLR), or London Rail and Crossrail 2.

The emphasis of the scheme is to develop our mechanical engineers and encourage those who want to become the senior engineers and leaders of the future. You'll also be able to get practical experience in engineering and learning new skills like:

  • Doing presentations
  • Coordinating design reviews
  • Modelling, simulation and analysis using digital tools and techniques
  • Scoping large-scale projects
  • Testing and demonstrating standards compliance
  • Supervising works
  • Project managing rolling stock, L&E and station work
  • Track design

Training & development

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


Grad mech eng case study

Edward Hird, 24

Mechanical Engineering (First year of a two-year scheme)

What is mechanical engineering?
When I go into schools to talk to them about engineering, I tell them that it's wanting to know how things work. For mechanical engineering it is anything to do with moving parts, it's the maths behind the moving parts, the materials, the whole life cycle of any moving object. It's a tricky one to really describe, but it's problem-solving at its core.

Mechanical Engineering MSc, University of Nottingham

Working hours
Standard 9-5 normally, but it depends on the placement. When you work in track and rolling stock, you have to do occasional night shifts, but I'm currently in more of an office environment at the moment.

Typical day at work
At the moment I'm working in the Sponsor team for the New Tube for London Programme, which is predominantly office based. On a normal day I'll be engaging with various parts of the programme and meeting different stakeholders at meetings across London, or producing specific documents required by the team for the programme.

My last placement was the opposite. When I was working in track, I might have spent one day in the office, looking at track information and then go down to the track and have a look at the specific section the next day.

You're also given real work to do, not just made up work because you're a graduate. It's work that will have real impact and influence on services TfL provide. In my track placement I worked on a predictive maintenance package, which they're now using to plan and do maintenance on the Bakerloo and Victoria lines. In my current role, I've been integrated straight into the team, acting as the sponsor for various projects. You're thrown in at the deep end and you just have to work it out, which is a great way to learn.

Comparing this scheme with some of my friends who are graduates in other companies, they definitely don't get as much support, freedomĀ or opportunity to try as many different things as I do. Having that choice is great and the flexibility is really nice.

I don't really know, but the more I do, the more I realise what's available to me. I'll definitely go down a discipline engineering route, rather than project engineering as this will be better for my progress towards chartership with the IMechE. Some of the grads I know decided what they wanted to do as soon as they were in their first placement, whereas others didn't know what they wanted to do until their last placement, but knew as soon as they were there that it was what they wanted to do. The scheme also provides excellent support with regards to finding you a permanent position after the scheme if you're still not sure what you might want to go into.


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