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Graduate Electrical Engineer

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AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital.

Come and talk to us and find out how we deliver what others can only imagine.

We are looking for graduates who are team players, can work independently and are open thinkers who want to contribute to some of the biggest challenges in transportation infrastructure. We have openings for Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) Engineers along with Electrical and Mechanical (E&M) Engineers and Electric Traction Equipment (ETE) Engineers. These are exciting times in OLE systems and design, with large projects being undertaken around several areas of the country. AECOM produces the necessary designs and provides, where necessary, design support during the installation phase of the project. With the ageing infrastructure for signalling power supplies coupled with a rolling programme of switch and crossing renewals, E&M Engineers provide solutions for renewal and upgrades of those systems whilst ensuring the disruption caused by their installation is kept to a minimum. Likewise, with an ageing ETE system and with modifications being undertaken due to modifications of the railway to improve capacity, ETE Engineers provide solutions to keep the 3rd and 4th rail systems running and minimising the downtime to carryout the proposed solutions.

As an engineer working in one of the disciplines your role will be varied and will cover all aspects of the design including interfaces with other disciplines within the rail industry such as Track (Permanent Way), Signalling, Telecommunications and Civil & Structural Engineering. You will gain an understanding of the demanding environment in which railways operate and first-hand experience of the safety culture and best practice which the industry and AECOM encapsulate. You will learn what standards are applicable and how they need to be applied and the designs range from office based feasibility studies right through outline and detailed design to approved for construction designs. 

There will be opportunities to undertake site surveys to develop your railway knowledge and provide valuable information that will drive your project forward to delivery of the design. 

You will be part of a team delivering multi-discipline design solutions and part of a 650 strong railway family at AECOM. Recent project wins included Crossrail, HS2 (London/Birmingham/Manchester), S&C Renewals programme, and a wide ranging portfolio across the UK and internationally AECOM is a growing and vibrant organisation offering excellent benefits and employment conditions.

We are committed to your individual career development and are proud to be able to offer a range of exciting projects as well as a variety of career directions for all our staff.

Job responsibilities

Selected candidates will be enrolled on our Graduate Development Programme and have the opportunity to develop their skills within a supporting environment which encourages challenge and collaborative behaviours. Candidates will use industry leading computer software and modelling programmes while working on a variety of different projects, You will;

  • Be involved in the design of the overhead contact systems or third/fourth rail contact systems that provide continuous traction power to trains
  • Undertake design of signalling power systems and points heating systems vital to the safe running of trains and operation of the rail network
  • Learn to design for the high voltage and low voltage requirements of railways
  • Learn about the critical interfaces with other railway disciplines such as Track and Signalling
  • Prepare drawings, calculations and reports for the design commissions
  • Learn to apply a variety of International, European, National and Railway Standards
  • Learn how the design solutions can be implemented to minimise the disruption to the operational railway
  • Liaise with the Client to understand their requirements and then design the optimal solution to meet their goals


  • BEng in Electrical Engineering 2:2 (or equivalent)
  • MEng in Electrical Engineering 2:2 (or equivalent) would be an advantage
  • Modules in Rail would be an advantage
  • Enthusiastic, hard-working, technically proficient, with ambition and drive
  • Basic computer skills are essential (Outlook/Word/Excel)


Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP), along with our huge scope of projects across the globe, will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our GDP forms a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. We have over 750 graduates on our programmes across the UK & Ireland, from over 40 different disciplines, each and every one of them making a tangible difference to the environment we all live and work in. 

We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including Chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have graduates working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK & Ireland. We will push you to achieve the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first
time. You will be assigned a mentor to support and guide your development and undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will be on-the-job technical development and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects, with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.

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