Highways and Traffic Engineering Graduate


How long: Two years

Where:  London (may include a mixture of office, site and home-based working)

Salary: £28,500 

What you'll need

  • A minimum of 2:2 degree in any STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • A passion for engineering and ability to demonstrate a yearning to develop in the industry
  • Ability to demonstrate how you'd add value by building on your education to date

Job overview 

Our engineers focus on the assets that form the foundation of our transport system. As a Highways and Traffic graduate engineer you'll gain vast knowledge in a range of engineering areas associated to the highway. Your involvement will be wide ranging. You could be:

  • Designing and commissioning traffic signal layouts
  • Identifying and analysing the results of highway investigations
  • Proposing London's next cycle routes
  • Designing schemes to improve the safety of the travelling public

What you'll be doing

Your development programme will be made up of up to four placement rotations. Here's an idea of what your programme could look like: 
Placement 1 - Traffic Engineering - three to nine months  
•    Developing new junction layouts to improve road safety 
•    Designing a new cycle route to increase attractiveness for cyclists of all ages and abilities 
•    Reviewing traffic survey data to understand how new layouts might affect traffic flow 
Placement 2 - Highway Engineering - three to nine months  
•    Developing intrusive investigation strategies to inform project designs 
•    Pavement design of asphalt carriageway renewals on London's busiest roads 
•    Technical assessment of 3rd party proposals to assess suitability for TfL's highway 

Placement 3 - Traffic Control Engineering - three to nine months  
•    Designing and upgrading traffic signals to improve connectivity and safety 
•    Commissioning traffic signals and making sure they are safe and work on street 
•    Writing traffic signal specifications and testing to ensure they are fit for purpose 
Placement 4 - Road Safety - three to six months  
•    Undertaking collision analysis studies and making recommendations to improve road safety 
•    Undertaking Road Safety engineering to design road safety improvements 
•    Supporting Road Safety Auditing of scheme's ensuring proposals are as safe as practical 
Placement lengths are flexible and can be tailored to an applicant's individual career aspirations. All placements are compulsory because as an organisation we are keen for our graduates to gain as much varied experience as possible. 

What we look for

Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proofed 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 ambitious with an inquisitive mind 
•    Relish a challenge and are driven to succeed 
•    Thrive as part of a diverse team and are motivated to add value 
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 this career can take you

A career with us can be varied. It will depend on your own individual aspirations and whether a leadership type role and/or technical specialism interests you.

Within five to eight years you'll typically have obtained Membership of a Professional Institution and working towards Incorporated Engineer/ Chartered Engineer status. This could open up opportunities to be a Senior Engineer overseeing projects and programmes and responsible for making key technical decisions. This could lead on to a range of leadership positions, managing your own team and making strategic decisions on design, strategy, and processes. 

Meet the Alumni

Smiling man

"I joined TfL back in 2012 on the Civil Engineering Graduate Scheme. After spending three years working in different teams and projects, I decided to join the Highways and Traffic team as a Highways Engineer.

Though I didn't learn a single Highways module in my four years of Civil Engineering MEng course, I was able to settle into the role very quickly through the help and advice from colleagues and learning on the job.

The biggest satisfaction from this job is being able to work around London and see the positive changes you are making to this great city every single day. The ability to point at a road or junction and say 'I built that' is a bragging right like no other!"

Lixi Pan, Senior Engineer (Highways)