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Transport for London

Transport for London (TfL) keeps London moving, providing the infrastructure and network that the whole city relies on, including river services, cycle paths, roads and taxis as well as buses and the tube. It’s a massive operation that impacts upon millions of Londoners and visitors.

TfL is working to create a sustainable transport system fit for the 21st century. With a budget of £40 billion over the next ten years, there are exciting developments including preparing London for the 2012 Olympics and upgrading infrastructure. It’s an exciting period of growth, which means there’s never been a better time to join TfL as an engineer.

Join the TfL civil engineering graduate schemes and work in London Underground (LU), Surface Transport, or London Rail (which is a civil and electrical engineering scheme). All three programmes will give you the chance to work on a range of projects, whether that’s contributing to major renewals and upgrades on the Tube, designing and implementing bus priority and cycle schemes or helping to deliver major projects like the East London Line.

Through a combination of training under an Institution of Civil Engineers Training Agreement and practical experience, you’ll be able to gain chartered status. Placements may include:

Infrastructure protection, maintenance and works programmes, assurance of infrastructure projects, on-site or design work.

Project management, bus priority, structures inspection, strengthening and refurbishment, highway design and scheme implementation, business planning, asset management planning, construction supervision, commercial management, traffic management design or London Buses.

Project definition, supporting a Principal Engineer, safety studies, quality audits and environmental assessments, design with the Technical Advisor, engineering project management, site works, system test and commissioning, producing assurance evidence for Technical Cases.

London Overground Scheme: a Masters in electrical or electronic engineering. London Underground and Surface Transport schemes: a degree accredited by ICE. For LU, you’ll need MEng or related masters. For Surface you’ll need MEng or BEng.


  • Holiday allowance: 30 days annual holiday (plus eight days public and bank holidays).

  • Starting salary: c. £24,000 in year one, possibly rising to £26,000 in year two, based on performance.

  • Final-salary pension scheme.

  • Free Oyster card for you and one other for travel through the entire TfL network.

  • Interest-free annual tickets loan for travel outside of the TfL network.

  • Professional subscription to the Institution of Civil Engineers.

  • Optional private medical insurance and discounted gym membership.

Graduate profile: Katherine Abraham
Katherine completed her MEng in civil engineering at Exeter University. "I joined the TfL Civils graduate training scheme because I could see that it would offer me a wide range of experience and the ability to move around." Since then, Katherine has not looked back. TfL has been right behind her, supporting her all the way to becoming chartered. "I passed my ICE examinations in 2007", said Katherine. "The journey along the way has been really interesting. I started by spending a year in the office, then went out onto site for ten months working on the £25M pedestrianisation of Trafalgar Square – a high profile project that was brilliant fun. I was then seconded to a framework consultant for 14 months to get design office experience work on a bridge. I’m now a programme manager – I manage all aspects of projects from funding, through communications to appointing consultants. I’m very busy, but I love it. You never stop learning."

"TfL offer a graduate engineer a wide variety of opportunity– because we can take on a client role and also put graduates onto site to see how contractors work, and we can arrange time with framework consultants – so graduates like myself get to see the whole picture. We all support each other working towards professional accreditation. There is a good graduate community here. It’s a good place for a career minded person. As you move up the ladder at TfL you get more responsibility and more management opportunity."

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