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Civil Engineering Graduate Scheme


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Job overview

TfL keeps London working, moving and growing - but we can only do this through our talented people. We’re a high-profile organisation with countless opportunities to offer that will enhance your skills and develop your career. Our work as Civil Engineers supports capital investment of around £2billion each year, so we look for the best people who are passionate about the continued success of London.

TfL Make the next move

London is one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities. We work hard to ensure millions of people can travel safely and reliably. With major investment in our transport system and the infrastructure that supports it, we’re doing everything we can to keep our city moving, working and growing.

Our engineers focus on the equipment, infrastructure and technology that form the foundation of our transport system. London never stops and the engineering challenge which we face in modernising and upgrading our systems has been likened to undertaking open heart surgery on a patient while they are running a marathon!

Our network plays a massive role in ensuring London can become a Net Zero Carbon city and as Engineers we help shape the decisions that will lead to this carbon reduction. Civil Engineering touches everything that we do and is essential for creating new possibilities and propelling us into the future. You’ll be a part of finding solutions to challenging problems and driving the most recognised and innovative transport network in the world.

What will I be doing?

As a graduate, your three-year development programme will be made up of up to six placement rotations. Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful career. We understand that everyone’s career and ambitions are different, so every graduate’s journey is unique.

Your work will vary from placement to placement, and you will have the opportunity to identify your own placements on the projects you are most interested in guided by your scheme Sponsor, Mentor, Buddy and Development Advisor.

Placements could include improving the longevity of the structures and earthworks of London Underground, delivering innovative step-free access schemes to improve accessibility to our network, working with our consultants to design new low-carbon station boxes and tunnels on our Major Projects like Bank Station Capacity Upgrade, and designing new road layouts with our Highways Engineering teams to create new cycle superhighways across London.

Your work will span multiple transport modes, working in teams from across TfL with customers, local government, suppliers, consultants and contractors to deliver city-defining programmes. You will enable reliable operation of one of the world's leading transport networks and shape London’s future transport network.

The projects our Civil Engineering Graduate Engineers are working on include:

  • Bank Station Capacity Upgrade – A project which is seeing a whole new platform and station box built under the City of London
  • Silvertown Tunnel – A new road tunnel being built under The Thames using an innovative design, build, maintain, operate contract
  • Elephant & Castle redevelopment – interface with the redevelopment of Elephant & Castle shopping centre the design and construction of a new LU station entrance.

Location: London (there might be some hybrid working involved depending on a placement). Placement locations may be at any one of our office, depot or sites in London. TfL Engineering base office is in Stratford. Hybrid office/home working is likely.

Duration: 3 years

What do we look for?

Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proof for millions of Londoners. Our talented graduates form a vital part of that vision, so it’s important that we find the best people to help us do this.

We’re looking for people who are:

  • Highly motivated
  • Resilient and adaptable
  • Logical thinkers who are willing to learn
  • Results driven with strong communication and collaboration skills

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

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2:1 MEng degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent, or on track to achieve a minimum 2:1 MEng degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent. Your academic qualification must meet the requirements for CEng registration with the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Please be advised that should you be successful in getting an offer for this graduate scheme, your offer will be subject to a satisfactory medical which may include but is not limited to: drugs and alcohol screening, eye test and hearing test.

Where can this career take me?

A career with us can be very varied with opportunities across the whole of our engineering team for you to enjoy.

Typically, within five to eight years, you will be eligible to apply for Chartered Engineer status. This could open up opportunities to be a Senior Engineer, Project Engineer or Construction Engineer responsible for making key technical decisions. After a further few years, you could be a Team Leader or Project Technical Lead, managing your own team and make strategic decisions on design, strategy, and processes.

What training and support will you get?

Whilst on the scheme, we’ll support your technical development through a wide range of on-the-job practical experiences and placements. We’ll also support your professional development through a combination of classroom-led training courses, online training courses, mentoring opportunities and structured networking opportunities with scheme alumni.

You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor and your Line Manager.

After the scheme, you’ll continue to receive support from alumni and from the vast networks you’ll build across TfL during your six placements on the scheme.  Your ICE registered Supervising Civil Engineer will also continue to support you and your ongoing development.

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Job ID Number: 038576
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £27,000
  • 2:1 and above
  • London
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Building Services
  • Civil
  • Construction
  • Geotechnical

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