Mechanical Engineering - Year in Industry

How long: one year 

Where: London (various locations). A mixture of Head Office-based, home-based and site-based work, depending on the placements you select. 

Salary: £21,824 

What you'll need 

You'll need to be in your penultimate year of MEng or MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering or an equivalent subject and on track to receive a minimum of 2:1. Your academic qualification must be accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).  

Offers will be subject to a satisfactory medical. 

What you'll be doing 

Our scheme develops 'world-class' mechanical engineers who seek to become the senior engineers, subject matter experts and leaders of the future. You'll play a part in transforming the most recognised transport network in the world and help us to deliver our ambition of creating a greener, healthier, and more prosperous city. 

Your work will include finding solutions to meaningful problems, spanning multiple transport modes. You'll deliver city-defining programmes and cutting-edge technology by collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams across TfL and with customers, local government and the supply chain.

Some of the major projects that our mechanical engineers are currently working on include:  

We'll equip you with the skills and experience that you need for a successful engineering career. We'll also support your route to gaining Chartered Engineer status with the IMechE, and your selection of a permanent role within the TfL Engineering Directorate.  

Your  development programme will be made up of four placement rotations that you will choose from across the business. Here's an idea of what your programme could look like: 

Placement 1 - Rolling Stock Enhancements - three months 

  • Work on a major train upgrade project 
  • Undertake 3D Computer-Aided Design 
  • Develop, test and implement solutions on our vehicles 

Placement 2 - Track Engineering - three months  

  • Trial new technologies to help us catch faults early 
  • Carry out risk simulations, track inspections and review new track layout
  • Be involved with track maintenance work which often occurs at night  

Placement 3 - Lifts and Escalators Engineering - three months  

  • Learn about safety standards  
  • Implement technology updates and review system designs to create a more accessible network for our customers 

Placement 4 - Depot Operational Engineering - three months  

  • Learn how to apply root-cause analysis 
  • Carry out hands-on maintenance inspections 
  • Implement upgrades generated by the rolling stock design team 
  • Be based at one our train maintenance depots 

What we look for 

Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proof for millions of Londoners. We're looking for people who: 

  • Relish a challenge   
  • Are passionate about our vision  
  • Have a strong focus on safety culture  

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

Where this career can take you 

Our mechanical engineers have the chance to create great impact. A career with us will be varied and exciting, with opportunities across TfL Engineering.  

During this internship, you'll gain meaningful and valuable work experience which will support you in your ongoing career journey towards becoming a fully qualified Chartered Engineer. At the end of your placement, you may have the opportunity to be considered for a graduate position through our fast-track process.