Graduate Electrical Engineer at Transport for London
What is a Graduate Electrical Engineer?
As a graduate electrical engineer, you’ll experience a range of engineering projects on the London Underground. As well as the underground, you’ll also experience other TfL transport modes like the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) or road traffic management. You’ll learn the ropes of railway electrical engineering and get the chance to build upon your existing skills and experience though a number of training schemes and placements.
You’ll be part of a team who work to keep London moving both above and below the surface. You’ll work on various different aspects of railway electrical engineering including high-voltage, heavy-current power supplies that run the trains to signalling and control systems, which optimise the capacity of the railway. You’ll work on many different aspects within each placement. This could involve investigating and testing out new signalling systems, reviewing proposed designs for an asset to be installed in the modernisation of an underground station and many other new and ongoing projects that TfL and its supply chain are involved in.
So tell me more about how to be a Graduate Electrical Engineer
As well as completing different TfL placements, you’ll be working alongside other professionals. It’s a good idea to get talking and take in as much as possible when working with them. Some of the professionals you may find yourself working with could be:
- Specialist engineers working across the whole lifecycle of a wide variety of systems
- Safety, quality and environmental professionals
- Railway operational managers
- Transport planners
- Marketing and commercial experts
Once you’re accepted onto the graduate scheme at TfL, you’ll have the chance to become a STEM Ambassador. This is a chance to go into schools and colleges and promote STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and inspire students to have a career related to STEM.
Becoming a Graduate Electrical Engineer… What does it take?
In order to thrive and grow during the two-year graduate scheme as an electrical engineer, you’ll need to take any opportunity you are presented with. You’ll learn lots along the way too, getting to put your skills and experience to the test when faced with an engineering project. From testing to designing, the electrical engineering graduate scheme with TfL is a real chance to build your career in engineering by experiencing working in London’s transport system.
Learning and development courses and training to build your career
Whilst you are on the electrical engineering graduate scheme at TfL, you’ll be given inductions and be placed on CSA (Customer service assistant) training as well as train operator training to give you an insight into what other professionals at TfL do.
You’ll get the opportunity to go on lots of internal training courses when you join the TfL graduate scheme. These can range from courses on building your soft skills, influencing people and report writing to technical skills-building courses (like the signalling principles training course where you’ll learn the basics of signalling principles).
In addition, the scheme paves the way for you to achieve chartered engineer status with the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which will boost your skills and employability.
Once you have completed the graduate scheme, you’ll be offered a role that matches your skills and experience.