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Our electrical and electronic engineering scheme for graduates

Who you are

You’re a logical thinker who’s adept at finding creative solutions to challenging problems. Resourceful and hardworking, you’re comfortable managing your own time to ensure you get the job done. Using your strong interpersonal skills, you’re able to build relationships with colleagues, suppliers and customers. You're flexible and don’t mind travelling to attend training opportunities at various locations to develop your personal skill set.

How long is the scheme?

Two years on the programme itself with a further two years of monitored support.

Where you’ll be based

  • Basingstoke
  • Birmingham
  • Crawley
  • Croydon
  • Derby
  • Gateshead
  • Glasgow
  • Kent
  • Manchester
  • Milton Keynes
  • Liverpool
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Peterborough
  • Sheffield
  • Swindon
  • York

What you’ll be doing

You can expect a diverse experience from day one of the scheme. Through four rotational placements you’ll discover why Network Rail is the single biggest consumer of electricity and one of the biggest telecoms providers in Britain. By exploring renewable energy technologies and smart substation solutions, you’ll help us to make our electricity supplies greener and more resilient. You’ll work with cutting-edge technology and industry experts to develop your knowledge of electrification, signalling and telecommunications. You’ll help us to improve safety and reduce journey times by coming up with innovative solutions to industry issues.

There is also an opportunity to choose a Telecoms specific pathway, our Network Rail Telecoms function provides national telecommunications capability which enable the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the railway. It has a key part to play in the digitisation of the railway and is also responsible for our:

  • Our next generation Internet Protocol (IP) telecoms network FTNx.
  • The Global System for Mobile communications – Railway system (dedicated communications between drivers and signallers),
  • Level crossing telephones,
  • CCTV cameras
  • customer information screens

In addition, you’ll benefit from formal learning opportunities and management training. You’ll be mentored by experienced engineers who will support your personal and professional development.

Hear from a recent graduate:

Inge-Sarah, Electrical engineer

Entry requirements

Minimum of a 2:2 in an Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) accredited degree.

What professional qualifications could you gain?

Each placement and training opportunity provides the opportunity to discharge objectives towards either IENG or CENG.

The focus of the scheme is to provide a platform of knowledge to build upon in future positions to enable efficient application at either Chartered Engineer (CENG) or Incorporated (IENG).

Training and development opportunities:

  • We will run 4 modules of technical training, the first is a systems approach with an overview of engineering disciplines at Network Rail, the remainder are discipline specific dependant on the discipline you select.
  • If you choose the Telecoms pathway then you will also complete specific technical training modules to discover some of the technologies and concepts involved in this discipline
  • You will also receive a number of leadership modules developing the softer skills required to start to establish a successful leadership brand.
  • 4 workplace experiential learning placements. The main objective of this combination is to develop professionally registered engineers at IENG and CENG.
  • In the first 4 weeks of your employment we will help you to register with either the IET, IMechE or ICE, the cost of this can be reclaimed via the Network Rail expenses policy.
  • One of your core objectives each year will be submitting your quarterly reports to the Institutions (IET, IMechE and ICE) in a timely manner, this will be monitored on an individual basis. Successful submission of quarterly and annual reports will usually lead to IENG in 3 to 4 years and CENG IN 5-6 years.

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Previous graduates have gone on to achieve internal promotion and become assistant signalling designers, assistant design engineers or assistant project engineers. There are also plenty of opportunities for promotion to senior management positions across the organisation.

Why you should choose this scheme

The scheme is aligned to UK-SPEC objectives and is accredited by the IET. You’ll have access to world-class training and the opportunity to be involved in some of the biggest engineering projects in Britain.

Electrical Systems Engineering pathway

If you choose to apply for the electrical systems engineering scheme, not only will you have the chance to work on the above projects, but you will have the opportunity to specialise specifically in a systems engineering career path and gain accreditation in this pathway accordingly.

Telecoms pathway

If you choose to apply for the telecoms engineering scheme, not only will you have the opportunity to specialise in a telecommunications engineering pathway, but you will be able to discover first-hand how the oldest railway system in the world is able to bring together legacy telecommunications systems and the latest cutting-edge developments in telecommunication technologies such as 5G.

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