Mechanical engineering scheme

The difference is you - A career as bright and unique as you are

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 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, Derby, York, Glasgow, London, Basingstoke, Reading, Bristol, Swindon, Birmingham, Milton Keynes

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 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.

What’s more, you’ll benefit from formal learning opportunities and management skills training, and be assigned a mentor to support your personal and professional development.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a 2:2 in an Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 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 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.

Hear from our recent graduate:

Miran, Mechanical engineer

With the size of the business and breadth of activities, it’s pretty much impossible to not find the right place. Whether more technical or more managerial, the role and culture exists for everyone to fit in and gain exposure to the whole rail industry, meaning a multidisciplinary professional development is guaranteed and the route to Chartership is eased and spurred on.

Giulio Buscaglione, Mechanical Engineering scheme