Transportation - Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Graduate Scheme (2018)

As transport infrastructures experience unprecedented investment, we’re building the sustainable, integrated transport network of the future. From high-speed rail and city metros to smart motorways and driverless cars, we deliver the solutions that keep the world moving.

Join our transportation team and you’ll help us to take on technically challenging engineering projects from HS2 to smart motorway schemes. You’ll develop industry skills that are highly sought after and learn to become a future business leader.

What you’ll be doing

As a Mechanical or Electrical Engineering graduate, you’ll be joining one of the following teams:

Electrical systems (Derby, York or Croydon) – here our electrical engineers specialise in AC and DC high voltage design for the railway overhead line and third rail applications. The team also has a strong capability in Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) design and electrical systems modelling.

OLE Systems (Derby, Glasgow & Swindon) – our overhead line equipment team is predominately made up of mechanical engineers that provide design solutions for the structural and mechanical aspects of 25Kv AC Railway Electrification. They have capability from first principle system design through to volume output allocation design, including site design and installation support.

M&E Systems (Birmingham, Croydon, London or York) – here our team are mainly electrical engineers with a small number of mechanical/public health specialists. Their focus is low voltage rail infrastructure related power supply design to support railway signalling, stations and points heating installations with some lighting capability.

Rail Vehicles (Derby) – our Rail Vehicle Consultancy provides engineering and management expertise to rail vehicle owners, operators, maintainers, manufactures and regulators of rolling stock. The team has knowledge and experience of traction and rolling stock ranging from technical skills in design, construction and maintenance to strategic and project management.


  • Develop your skills working on a variety of rail and highways projects, providing technical solutions
  • Become familiar with infrastructure terms and processes, across a wide range of disciplines
  • Prepare and check project designs, drawings, assessment calculations, reports and contract documents
  • Become a trusted adviser to our clients, working collaboratively with suppliers, contractors, the public and multidisciplinary teams.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll be a talented graduate with a bachelor’s (2.1 or above) or masters (2.2 or above) degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Power Systems Engineering.

We also require:

  • Drive and determination to achieve Chartered Status
  • Confidence working on your own initiative and as part of multidisciplinary teams
  • A good communicator who can analyse problems, create innovative solutions and manage your time effectively
  • A flexible approach to travel as our projects and training may take you to a variety of locations in the UK and possibly abroad
  • Prepared to undergo a medical assessment, as some roles may involve working out on site

Rewards & Benefits

Our 3-year flexible graduate scheme promises to give you the support you need to develop your technical, commercial and consultancy skills. Some of our benefits, to name a few, include;

  • A settling in payment of £2,500 when you join – paid within your first months salary
  • Continuous support and mentoring to achieve chartered status with your chosen institution, funded by Atkins.  With a chartership bonus of £2,500 once complete
  • A robust career development plan, including a library of core learning modules and on the job technical training
  • 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays, with the option to buy up to 15 additional days leave per year
  • 2 volunteer days per year for you to use for a cause that matters to you
  • Local graduate forums & a strong graduate network across all locations
  • Annual events, such as our 2-day graduate induction, ski trips, away weekends, team building activities

For further details please visit the rewards and benefits page on our website.

How to apply

Some of our programmes are incredibly popular, to avoid disappointment (where some roles may close earlier) we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

For further details on our recruitment process please visit the how to apply page on our website. 

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