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Graduate Rail Electrical Engineer

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Graduate scheme
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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. 

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.

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 Electrical Engineering with a 2:2 classification (or equivalent) or above
  • MEng Electrical Engineering would be an advantage
  • Rail modules or experience would be an advantage
  • Ability to demonstrate a good technical understanding of Rail/Electrical Engineering
  • Demonstrable interest in Rail/Electrical Engineering and developing a career in this industry
  • Willing and able to work towards chartership with the IET
  • Good Microsoft Office skills essential such as Word, Excel & PowerPoint
  • Ability to communicate effectively to internal and external clients, both verbally & in writing with the confidence to engage with a variety of people (clients, colleagues, stakeholders and sub-contractors alike) and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss technical issues and capture feedback
  • Enthusiastic, hard-working, with ambition and drive
  • Ability to structure & prioritise work effectively through close cooperation with the team as a whole
  • Ability to work in a team and independently without losing initiative & focus.


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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