Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme

Over 20 train operating companies are looking to recruit engineering graduates across the country. Successful candidates will join the Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme. The scheme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Engineering and Technology and offers a fast route towards Chartered or Incorporated engineer status.


What we need from you

  • A MEng or BEng degree accredited by the IMEchE or the IET
  • Ability to apply your engineering knowledge in an intensely practical environment
  • Good job mobility as placements will take you all over the country or even abroad
  • Self motivation, ability to innovate and to work well in teams

Prior knowledge of the railway industry is not required.



During your initial months on the scheme, you will be involved in all the varied fleet engineering aspects including maintenance, design, construction as well as the comprehensive technical aspects.

You will be expected to move on from your graduate role on to an engineering role within the company, building up on your competences to be able to apply for Chartered or Incorporated status.

As well as receiving support from ATOC, you will be assigned a mentor who will be a senior engineer in the industry. Your mentor will monitor your progress and will offer counselling and advice throughout your time on the scheme.

What our graduates say

“Since joining the Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme in June 2009, I was given the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of railway engineering (and operational) placements in both the UK and abroad. The experience and exposure provided by the scheme was invaluable and, by its very nature, the scheme encouraged me to build a network of industry contacts; this has proven to be extremely useful once I gained a permanent position. I feel Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme played a major part in my successful application for First TransPennine Express' Fleet Engineer's role, where I now enjoy the responsibility of managing the safety and reliability of a small fleet of trains." Chris Massey (2009 intake)

“The Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme gave me the opportunity to develop key CEng competencies within a relatively short period of time. I gained exposure to many areas of engineering and took the opportunity to complete placements within external companies who were also part of the scheme. I successfully obtained my CEng within 4 years of joining, which proved to be a very fast route to professional status” Ian Coleman (2006 intake)


How to apply

If you wish to apply for an engineering graduate role, please download the application questionnaire and return it to graduates@atoc.org along with a copy of your CV. If you experience problems downloading the form, please telephone 020 7841 8134 and we can send you one.

Applications are forwarded to the train companies throughout the year.

ATOC Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme Handbook (1.37Mb)
December 2013
Summary of the Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme