Graduate Electrical Engineer (Rail) 2024

Rolling deadline
Croydon | United Kingdom

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Job description

These are exciting times in Rail 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, Electrical Engineers provide solutions for renewal and upgrades of those systems whilst ensuring the disruption caused by their installation is kept to a minimum.

We provide solutions to keep the 3rd and 4th rail systems running and minimising the downtime to carry out the proposed solutions.

As a graduate engineer working in one of these 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 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 2:1 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 and interest in Rail/Electrical Engineering.
  • 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)


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