Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Trainee Engineer (Energy Innovation) 2021

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The WMG Graduate scheme aims to provide a Graduate Trainee Engineer with a high quality training and development Programme via a series of rotational project placements across the key areas of WMG including Energy, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Automation and Project Management.

As a Graduate Trainee Engineer you will work on a range of projects, with a variety of research and development teams, providing you with a firm grounding in the principles of project engineering and project management. Each rotational project will offer a unique experience.  The Graduate Trainee Engineer will gain experience of working with a wide range of key stakeholders on a variety of groundbreaking research projects. Some projects may be lab based, others may have more of a focus on research or development.

WMG started with the seed of an idea...

WMG is now recognised as a world-leading centre for innovation. We have developed our expertise in education, research and business over the last 40 years.

 During year one of the Programme, each project duration will last between 3 and 6 months, during each project the Graduate Trainee Engineer will work to a unique set of individualised objectives to be achieved by the end of each placement. 

The Graduate scheme offers a diverse, high quality Programme providing the opportunity to work in collaboration with industry and academic partners in a project engineering focused role, within a commercial research and development setting. 


  1. To be actively involved at a hands on level in carrying out research in the areas of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Energy Innovation or Project Management.
  2. To contribute and support projects with external and internal collaborators. This will include working under pressure, developing new knowledge and skills, and applying them to a real-life context.
  3. To undertake and successfully complete a range of rotational projects (3-6 months in duration in Y1, 6-12 months in duration Y2) supporting research projects across WMG.  This may involve, but not be limited to; Providing technical recommendations, lab research, lab testing, computer modelling, simulation, literature reviewing. In addition to this you will be contributing to technical reports, presentations and research and disseminating information to relevant colleagues. 
  4. To work with the designated Project Supervisor to create and agree individual, project specific objectives to be completed during the agreed project duration.  Progress to be recorded and monitored against targets and reported to line manager through the correct processes.
  5. To develop an understanding of the role of external funding through research grants or contracts to support the research agenda, and potentially contribute to applications to support research.
  6. To gain a working knowledge of the role of a Project Manager in a research environment, to include funding streams and requirements, timescales and budgets, financial monitoring and reporting arrangements.  
  7. To provide necessary administration and project management during each project placement, this may include organising events, collating information on project activities, providing progress reports, and coordinating ethics and information governance activities.
  8. To develop strong working relationships on each rotational project with the designated project supervisor, collaborators, stakeholders and other staff. 
  9. To liaise with and present to project stakeholders, meeting deliverables within timescales and writing technical reports for customers. 
  10. To develop an understanding of the work of all business functions within WMG, including Finance, HR and Recruitment, Project Management, Marketing, Business Development and Outreach through scheme led collaborations, projects and initiatives.
  11. To engage with and support the WMG outreach programme.  Work closely with the Outreach team to develop and deliver outreach initiatives to support departmental objectives and encourage knowledge sharing in the wider community.
  12. To create and submit a research/project report on completion of each rotational placement, recognising and identifying key skills, knowledge and understanding against the UK SPEC competencies.  UK SPEC requires you to demonstrate the competence and commitment in five main areas: Knowledge and understanding. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products. Responsibility, management or leadership.
  13. To support the Graduate scheme manager with graduate engagement initiatives, including but not limited to; university presentations, recruitment and careers events, marketing and communications initiatives and support with assessment days and recruitment processes. 
  14. To complete a portfolio of PG courses and modules, including a Project Management qualification.  Also complete post module assignments (PMA’s) as required. 


  • A first degree (minimum 2:1) in Engineering (any specialism), Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics or Computer Science or a relevant discipline to be eligible for the programme. (you must of graduated by August 2021)
    A keen interest and understanding in the technical aspects of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles or Energy Innovation. 
  • A good understanding of the current developments within industry (Energy) partnered with a good commercial knowledge of the challenges, opportunities and competitors within chosen sector is advantageous (Energy).
    Ability to work to work autonomously, to your own initiative, and be pro-active whilst working on varied projects.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively through oral and presentational skills. 
    Excellent writing skills and an aptitude for producing succinct and clear reports and papers employing a range of analytical and research skills.
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for own development, with a commitment to study towards further professional qualifications
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills, including the ability to persuade and influence others and source and negotiate new project/development opportunities.


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Opportunity Overview

  • February 26th, 2021
  • £26,715 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Warwick
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Project Management

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