Network Rail

Engineering Graduate Scheme

Company info

A career as bright and unique as you are - Standout graduate opportunities with Network Rail

Our vision is a better railway for a better Britain

We aim to deliver a railway that is safer, more reliable and more efficient than ever before, to help build a thriving, sustainable economy.   

Britain’s railway does more than transport passengers and goods. It brings people and businesses closer together, which creates new jobs, opens up new markets and stimulates economic growth. We want to provide the best possible service to everyone who relies on the railway – passengers, train operating companies and businesses nationwide. Rail is vital to Britain's future.

More to us than meets the eye

There’s more to our organisation than you might have imagined. Although rail is a huge part of our business, we’re also one of the largest land and property owners in the UK. We manage a huge property portfolio that includes 18 of the biggest stations in Britain, the retail outlets inside them, and the small businesses that live under their arches. Sales at some of our stations have even been outperforming the high street.

We’re also behind some of the biggest, most innovative projects in the country – from the world’s largest solar bridge at Blackfriars through to electrification and HS2. Pioneers in advanced technology, our technical team invented the use of HD cameras to identify track wear-and-tear more efficiently. We’re also responsible for the 17,000km-long fibre optic network that powers our trackside signals, telephones and electrical systems. We do all this whilst maintaining safety as our number one priority.

Our rail network is the fastest growing and safest in Europe. But we still have work to do to create a railway fit for 21st century Britain. We’re investing more than £47bn in developing our infrastructure so that we can deliver more services and better journeys. This is the largest programme of sustained investment in the railway that Britain has ever seen, presenting an abundance of opportunities for ambitious and enthusiastic people like you to make an impact.

Job Description:

Opportunities available in civil, electrical/electronic and mechanical engineering.

  • You’ll be dedicated, enthusiastic and focused on fulfilling your potential as a leader of the future. With bags of initiative, you’ll go out of your way to discover new challenges and find out more about our organisation.
  • You’ll take responsibility for your own personal growth and development, seeking out opportunities to learn and build your own career path.
  • You approach your work with a steely determination and prioritise safety at all times
  • You’re a good communicator and listener and enjoy working with and learning from others. You’re not afraid to speak up, ask questions and share your own innovative ideas.
  • You’re ambitious, driven and like to push yourself outside your comfort zone, with the ability to manage change, yet always remain calm under pressure.
  • You’ll be adept at solving complex technical problems and able to make decisions.

Civil engineering:

Through four rotational placements, you’ll gain vast experience of the railways through one of the largest asset bases in Britain. You’ll make a key contribution to some of our major engineering projects, such as the Great Western Programme, the Northern Powerhouse or the Digital Railway. You might get experience of maintaining a variety of bridges and structures, or be responsible for specifying innovative building materials and techniques to improve reliability and sustainability. You could deliver management solutions for complicated inner-city assets, or establish inspection and maintenance requirements for embankments and cuttings running through the countryside.

As well as this, you’ll benefit from formal learning opportunities and leadership skills training. You’ll have a supervising civil engineer who will support your personal and professional development.

Number of vacancies: 29 

Locations: Stratford, Darby, York, Glasgow, Swindon, Manchester, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Basingstoke

Electrical Engineering:

We will assess the above criteria as part of our recruitment process.

You can expect a diverse experience from day one of the scheme. Through four rotational placements you’ll discover why Network Rail is the single biggest consumer of electricity and one of the biggest telecoms providers in Britain. By exploring renewable energy technologies and smart substation solutions, you’ll help us to make our electricity supplies greener and more resilient. You’ll work with cutting-edge technology and industry experts to develop your knowledge of electrification, signalling and telecommunications. You’ll help us to improve safety and reduce journey times by coming up with innovative solutions to industry issues.

In addition, you’ll benefit from formal learning opportunities and management training. You’ll be mentored by experienced engineers who will support your personal and professional development.

Number of vacancies: 29

Locations: York, Glasgow, London, Basingstoke, Swindon, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Bedford, Manchester, Leeds

Mechanical Engineering:

Faced with a variety of unique and exciting mechanical engineering challenges, you’ll develop skills in a range of specialisms – from power distribution, plant, traction and rolling stock to asset management and infrastructure engineering. Through four rotational placements you’ll gain a broad perspective of the railway and learn all about the processes, products and systems that make it function.

You might be involved with rejuvenating and servicing current infrastructure, or delivering ambitious improvements to track equipment, signalling and overhead lines to improve passenger comfort and safety.

What’s more, you’ll benefit from formal learning opportunities and management skills training, and be assigned a mentor to support your personal and professional development.

Number of vacancies: 19

Locations: Stratford, Derby, York, Glasgow, London, Basingstoke, Reading, Bristol, Swindon, Birmingham, Milton Keynes 

Person Specification:

Studying towards an engineering degree, you have strong numeracy and organisational skills. As a team player, you enjoy working in a collaborative yet challenging environment. You’re enthusiastic about learning, take responsibility for your actions and are driven to deliver great customer experience. You keep an eye on the detail and never miss a deadline. You approach your work with a steely determination and prioritise safety at all times.

On all of our schemes, we’re looking for people with plenty of drive, who are comfortable with change and who enjoy having autonomy. If that sounds like you, you’ll be able to shape your own career just as much as you’ll be able to help shape our future.

Entry Requirements:

Entry requirement for civil engineering:

  • Minimum of a 2:2 in an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) accredited degree

Entry requirement for electrical and electronic engineering:

  • Minimum of a 2:2 in an Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) accredited degree.

Entry requirement for mechanical Engineering:

  • Minimum of a 2:2 in an Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) accredited degree

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