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 traveling to attend training opportunities at various locations to develop your personal skill set.

How long is the scheme?

Two years

Where you’ll be based

Opportunities are available across Britain, at locations including: Stratford, York, Glasgow, London, Basingstoke, Swindon, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Bedford, Manchester, Leeds

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.

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.

Entry requirements

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

What professional qualifications could you gain?

Significant evidence towards incorporated (IEng) or chartered (CEng) engineer status, accredited by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

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 scheme

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.

Hear from our recent graduate:

Inge-Sarah, Electrical engineer

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Network Rail is a huge organisation so I expected it to have a wide range of opportunities and I wasn’t disappointed at all. It has exceeded my expectations! There is always something for everyone and you will never run out of new things to try out. It is a diverse company so there is a chance for everyone to move around, try out different things and pick exactly what they like doing.

Shinjinee Pal

How would you describe the breadth of Network Rail's work and the breadth of our opportunities for graduates?

Network Rail is a huge organisation so I expected it to have a wide range of opportunities and I wasn’t disappointed at all. It has exceeded my expectations! There is always something for everyone and you will never run out of new things to try out. It is a diverse company so there is a chance for everyone to move around, try out different things and pick exactly what they like doing.

How varied have you found your role at Network Rail?

My work has been very varied and I can tailor my development to the specific direction I’d like it to go in. It is a mixture of management work – where I am writing reports, speaking to lots of people, making presentations and holding meetings – to site visits, where I go on P-way walks, relay room surveys and equipment room surveys. I never get bored as I am doing different things every day and learning new things all the time.

What's the most exciting work you've done here?

As part of my first placement, I am writing up a manual on a new, highly critical equipment room at London Bridge, which is currently being constructed. This is really exciting for me because I have been thrown in at the deep end in terms of managing the project; I have to talk to a large number of people, chase them up, update reports, go on site visits, mediate between different groups of people and carry out negotiations, as well as research the equipment going into the building. This project has given me a great insight into the technical and managerial challenges and commissioning processes of delivering a project.

What's been the best thing for you?

The culture of the company has probably been the best thing for me as it had helped me settle into my first job really easily. Everyone here is very approachable and helpful, which creates a very nurturing and encouraging environment in which to develop myself.

Why Network Rail?

Because I wanted to be involved in a large, high-impacting company and I had heard glowing reports of Network Rail’s leading graduate training. Network Rail has lived up to every expectation and, indeed, has given a lot more than I expected.