Graduate Electrical Engineer at Transport for London
What does a Graduate Electrical Engineer do?
As a graduate electrical engineer at Transport for London (TfL), you’ll be working on many different departments within London Underground. It’s initially a two-year scheme - you’ll start your career journey as an electrical engineer with various three-month placements in different departments within London Underground. These could include placements in signalling, station engineering and power engineering.
During your first few weeks on the engineering graduate scheme at TfL, you’ll be introduced to the company with an in-depth week-long induction. This is a chance to meet fellow graduates and visit various TfL sites, take part in activities and challenges, and get to grips with what TfL is really about. After this, you’ll complete an engineering induction where you’ll visit depots and get to know about engineering projects that TfL have got going on.
As an electrical engineer it is crucial to understand the impact TfL’s electrical systems have on customers. To better understand the needs of our customers and customer service teams you you’ll go on Customer Service Assistant (CSA) training as well as train operator training. This will give you an insight into other people’s roles at TfL. You’ll get to be a CSA for a week and develop your customer service skills. You’ll also get the chance to shadow an instructor operator on a tube line.
After this, you’ll start your first three-month placement. You’ll be involved with an engineering project that TfL are doing such as the Sub-Surface Programme (SUP) and Crossrail. You’ll spend some time on various construction sites, learning about how the London Underground operates and the changes that are being implemented.
You could find yourself working on many different projects through the engineering graduate scheme at TfL. Some things you could be doing include using design software to model circuits for lighting to be installed as part of the modernisation plan. You could also be involved in testing and commissioning equipment, conducting investigations into whether an engineering project would work.
Usually, you’ll work full-time hours, five days a week. Sometimes you may get the chance to take part in night-shift work whilst learning about the engineering process on the underground – engineering works have to take place at night because this is when trains aren’t running!