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Graduate Electrical Engineer at Transport for London

Is a career in electrical engineering right for me?

Passionate about engineering? Studying towards an engineering degree? Are you a keen problem solver who’s willing to learn? Want to help keep London moving in the right direction?

If that sounds like you, then a career in electrical engineering could be the answer.

Perks and challenges of being a Graduate Electrical Engineer

Perks:

  • You’ll get involved with many different exciting projects that TfL are involved in, like the modernising scheme for the tube! You’ll be going out on the railway, so you won’t be stuck behind a desk all day every week.
  • You’ll have the chance to use the latest technology and real-time information to successfully keep London moving. As an example, you might get to use lighting modelling software called Dialux Evo. Graduate electrical engineer Lakshan Subenthiran describes it as being like playing a Sims game...
  • You’ll get to inspire others early on, as TfL graduates are encouraged to become STEM Ambassadors (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths). This means you’ll get to visit schools and promote STEM projects, encouraging students to become the STEM stars of the future.
  • A scheme sponsor and professional mentor will support you. They’ll both be professional chartered engineers, so this is a great chance to meet professionals who’ll help you on your career journey.

Challenges:

  • There’ll be a lot to take in and learn, so make sure you come into work fully prepared for the day ahead.

Useful skills

The following skills are very useful:

  • Written and verbal communication – you’ll be investigating and writing reports, so written communication is a great skill to have. As well as this, you’ll have to be comfortable explaining your ideas to other graduates and colleagues.
  • Analytical - you’ll be handling data and problem solving whilst on placements with TfL. With an educational background in maths and science, you’ll already have experience of taking a logical approach to solving problems.
  • Project management – you’ll need to be able to have a structured and methodical approach to tasks, identifying priorities and setting deadlines.

People who work in this role say that the following skills and qualities are useful:

  • Technical knowledge – you’ll build up your technical knowledge whilst studying for your degree. However, you’ll need to be able to pick up on new concepts and technical knowledge during placements with various engineering projects for TfL.
  • Teamwork – teamwork plays an important part in engineering – two brains are better than one! You’ll need your team to work well together in order to overcome challenges and find a solution to any project challenges you might face.

What qualifications do you need to be a Graduate Electrical Engineer?

In order to be accepted onto the graduate electrical engineering scheme at TfL, you’ll need to have completed an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) accredited BEng or MEng degree in electrical, electronic or mechatronic engineering (or a related degree) with the classification of 2:2 or above.

In order to be accepted onto a degree course in engineering, you’ll need to have studied STEM subjects at GCSE and A-level (or their equivalents).

What is the workplace of a Graduate Electrical Engineer like?

You’ll be involved in a mixture of strategic, engineering and operational placements throughout the two-year scheme. You’ll be based across the TfL train network, working on a mixture of projects both in an office and on-site.

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