Which engineering employers accept graduates with 2.2 degrees?
The tough graduate jobs market can make students feel under pressure to achieve a 2.1. Meeting this standard will make finding a graduate engineering job much easier; however, if you can’t achieve this, don’t despair. Even among leading engineering employers, there are still plenty who will consider graduate engineers with 2.2s.
Graduate schemes open to engineers with 2.2s
The following employers accept applications from engineers with 2.2s for at least some of their graduate schemes. NB this is not an exhaustive list!
- AECOM: accepts graduates with 2.2s for some of its graduate roles.
- Associated British Foods - Grocery: accepts graduates with a 2.2 in electrical, chemical or mechanical engineering for its engineering graduate scheme.
- Atkins: asks for candidates with a 2.2 or above for its building and infrastructure graduate development programme.
- Babcock International Group: a 2.2 is the minimum requirement for several of its schemes such as civil, mechanical, process, safety and electrical and electronic engineering.
- BOC: a 2.2 MEng in chemical, mechanical or electrical engineering is the minimum requirement.
- DSTL:accepts applicants with 2.2s for its graduate engineering scheme.
- FDM Group: a 2.2 is the minimum requirement.
- FirstGroup: accepts 2.2s in electrical, electronic, mechanical or aerospace engineering (must have a BEng or MEng accredited by the IMechE or IET).
- Ford Motor Group: accepts applications from candidates with 2.2s.
- Jaguar Land Rover: a 2.2 is typically the minimum requirement.
- Lloyd’s Register: asks for candidates with a 2.2 or above in a degree that is recognised by the Engineering Council (you will either need an MEng or a BEng and an MSc)
- MBDA UK: accepts candidates with a 2.2 for most of its graduate schemes.
- MOD / DESG: asks for candidates with a 2.2 or above in a degree that is accredited by the relevant body.
- Mott MacDonald: accepts graduates with 2.2s for its electrical engineering scheme.
- National Grid: accepts graduate engineers with 2.2s for its technical and engineering schemes. A 2.1 is needed for some of its schemes.
- National Instruments: asks for candidates with a 2.2 or above for its engineering leadership programme.
- Network Rail: accepts candidates with a 2.2 or above in a degree that is accredited by the relevant body.
- RWE Generation UK: a 2.2 is the minimum requirement for its graduate engineering scheme.
- Siemens: advertises individual vacancies rather than a graduate scheme; 2.2s are accepted for some of these.
- Tata Steel: asks for candidates with a 2.2 or above for its graduate engineering roles.
- Thames Water: a 2.2 is the minimum requirement.
- Transport for London: accepts applications from candidates with a 2.2 for some of its graduate schemes (the degree needs to be accredited by the IET).
- UK Power Networks: a 2.2 is the minimum requirement.
Competing against job hunters with 2.1s and firsts
Keep in mind that your application will be competing against those of graduates with 2.1s and firsts. To be offered a place on the graduate scheme, you’ll therefore need to outperform these candidates in other ways, both at the application and interview/assessment stages. Use TARGETjobs Engineering’s advice on applications and interviews and work experience, and the employer-specific details in the employer insights, to ensure that you present yourself in the best possible way.