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Electrical Engineering Graduate Programme


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Are you looking for a unique engineering opportunity to gain direct access to world-leading experts through the sheer scale of its major projects? Our Electrical Engineering graduate programme offers you the chance to learn and develop with a view to achieving your Chartership and potentially going on to be leaders in our business.

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Our Future Leaders graduate programme offers development across specific areas of our business, backed up by on-the-job role placements.

Your varied journey with us as a graduate will see you working on above and below ground water and wastewater infrastructure. This means you could be based anywhere across our Thames Valley region; from Reading to Swindon to East London and anywhere in-between.

Our aim is to set you up for success both now and in your future career as an engineer, with this in mind we will look at your strengths and qualifications during the selection process and place you into the area we believe does this. Your graduate programme will provide the opportunity to rotate through various engineering departments across the Thames Water geography.

We support the professional development of our engineers, and these rotations will provide the opportunity to gain the skills, experience and competencies needed to prepare you to off board into a role in Thames Water and work towards Chartered Engineering status.

What could you be doing as an Engineering Graduate?

Our engineering placements vary from working in teams undertaking project design and sustainability, through to working on site undertaking construction supervision and project management roles. Areas that we tackle range widely from energy, carbon, sustainability, water & wastewater quality. As part of your chartership journey you’ll be involved in various activities from:

  • Designing training
  • Attending industry events
  • Data analysis
  • Project management
  • Solution design
  • Asset inspection and condition assessment
  • Working with suppliers and sub-contractors
  • Health & Safety auditing
  • Environmental management
  • Risk assessment
  • Funding processes
  • Stakeholder management

You will also have time with your chartership mentor to work through your evidence and reports and the opportunity to attend forums with others going through the same process to share best practices.

What can you expect from the Engineering Graduate Programme?

All our graduates complete a two-year core graduate development programme. Throughout, you’ll have support from the managers and mentors in your business area. The programme has been designed around you to make sure you have the opportunity to maximise your potential.

It has several elements that support you to start confidently in our business and develop your knowledge, skills and experience to succeed. You’ll be joining a network of graduates already in our business and will have all the support you need from day one. We review our programme each year but the core elements include:

  • Business and personal development modules
  • Health and safety training
  • A charity business challenge
  • Time to Give volunteering days
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring and buddying opportunities

There are also opportunities to become STEM ambassadors at Thames Water to mentor and inspire the next generation of engineers.

There are also a wide variety of engineering opportunities for when you leave the graduate scheme and Thames is very supportive of our employees’ personal career aspirations. Our engineering graduates can choose to move into individual contributor positions or leadership roles heading up teams within their specialism.

What kind of graduate are we looking for?

We are a diverse business and are looking for self-driven graduates who are confident stepping into new environments, adding value and whose values reflect ours:

  • Reach higher, be better
  • Take care
  • Passionate about everything we do
  • Be respectful and value everyone
  • Be proud, be blue

We’re looking for self-motivated, resilient and proactive engineers. Our graduates enjoy influencing colleagues and sharing ideas and creativity. They thrive on working with others, respecting their views and valuing the diversity around them. They are humble and decent and treat others the way they’d like to be treated. They also hold great passion for the industry we work in and our future aspirations.

Specifically for the Electrical Engineering Graduate Programme, we are looking for people who are working towards (or have achieved) an electrical/electronic Engineering bachelor’s degree (or higher). You will naturally align to an Electrical Engineering, or Instrumentation Control and Automation (ICA) pathway.

You will be involved in the design of electrical and/or ICA systems. In doing so, you will be exposed to a multitude of exciting areas, such as Low and High voltage systems, control systems, Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations and much more.

The following skills and experiences are preferred, but not essential:

  • H&S and risk awareness
  • Project management   
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, under own initiative to deliver specified outputs  
  • Computer literate having knowledge of MS: Excel, Word, PowerPoint 
  • Good interpersonal skills; effective communicator
  • Proactive approach
  • Attention to detail


  • You will receive a minimum of 24 days' annual leave which rises to a maximum of 28 days based on length of service, or 26 days' annual leave rising to 30 days based on length of service, depending on your grade.
  • Employee assistance programme 
  • Loyalty awards
  • As a Thames Water Employee, our personal accident scheme may protect you. 
  • Season ticket loans 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: March 3rd, 2023
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Starting Salary: £28,000 in year 1, £30,000 in year 2 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Thames Valley
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Automotive
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic

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