Our Mechanical 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 year of monitored support.

Where you’ll be based

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Derby
  • Gateshead
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Milton Keynes
  • York

What you’ll be doing

Faced with a variety of unique and exciting mechanical engineering challenges, you’ll develop skills in a range of specialisms – from power distribution, plant, traction and rolling stock to asset management and infrastructure engineering. Through your four rotational placements you’ll gain a broad perspective of the railway and learn all about the processes, products and systems that make it function.

You might be involved with rejuvenating and servicing current infrastructure, or delivering ambitious improvements to track equipment, signalling and overhead lines to improve passenger comfort and safety.

When applying for our mechanical engineering scheme, you will have the option to also be considered for our fleet programme. The Fleet programme runs separately to our mechanical scheme and will follow its own set of rotational placements. 

With the large-scale engineering upgrades and maintenance being carried out across our network, we require a variety of different vehicles to support the delivery of this diverse activity. The Fleet programme will give you the opportunity to manage engineering assurance activities to ensure safety and reliability across our network. As part of our fleet scheme you could be responsible for carrying out engineering change processes and supporting the development of railway vehicle modifications. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to take on an external placement with our Train Operating Companies to gain insight and an understanding of the delivery of passenger trains


Hear from a recent graduate:

Miran, Mechanical engineer


Entry requirements

Minimum of a 2:2 in an Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 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.
  • 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 project engineers, assistant design engineers, assistant asset engineers or rail fleet support 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 IMechE. You’ll have access to world-class training and the opportunity to be involved in some of the biggest engineering projects in Britain.

Ready to make an epic career choice?

If the above sounds like you, then you can apply for our Graduate scheme now. You can also visit our application process and advice pages, where you’ll find help and tips for every stage of the application.