Engineering Graduate Scheme
If you’re looking to make the most of your engineering degree, then our Graduate Scheme is an excellent next step. It will give you first-class technical and interpersonal skills and invaluable hands-on experience of an advanced engineering environment. You’ll also gain broad industry exposure and a well-rounded knowledge of Air Traffic Control.
How does it work?
As a new graduate, you’ll be assigned to four different six-month placements within our Engineering Division. You could find yourself managing projects or working as part of a team on some of the largest engineering challenges in the business. We employ engineers in roles ranging from systems architecture and design and software development through to project engineering, asset support and maintenance. Working alongside experienced colleagues, you’ll benefit from exposure to the specification, design development and procurement of systems, as well as their implementation, testing and acceptance.
Training and development
Our structured, IET-accredited training programmes will teach you the skills that will form the bedrock for your future career. We’ll also actively encourage you to become a Chartered Engineer and provide detailed departmental training in industry-specific topics, as well as general training in areas such as Engineering Systems and Air Traffic Control familiarisation. Throughout the programme, you’ll learn many of the advanced engineering practices that make us a world leader. This will involve visiting various operational sites, including airports, radar sites and national control centres and offices – both in the UK and overseas. There may also be an element of formal, classroom-based training aimed at developing your softer skills, including project management, presentation skills, influencing skills and effective writing.
But not everything is set in stone. We believe choice is important, so you’ll get the chance to shape the structure of the training scheme for yourself and future students through our graduate forum. You’ll also be assigned your own personal buddy to help you through your first few months. This support will be supplemented by ongoing career mentoring from a senior figure within the company.
What type of work will you be doing?
You’ll be working alongside specialists in a range of fields, including:
- Systems Engineers – responsible for designing, maintaining and upgrading many of our current and future assets, as well as overseeing quality and managing budgets.
- Software Engineers – building new solutions and adapting our current products to a changing environment.
- Test Engineers – involved in the rigorous testing of systems to ensure they’re completely safe before they become operational.
- Integration Engineers – integrating products into complex operational facilities and connecting new systems to existing/legacy systems without loss of service.
- Systems Safety Engineers – providing safety management and assurance to projects.
Locations and culture
Whether you’re working at our Corporate Centre in Whiteley, Hampshire or at one of our air traffic control centres, you’ll find there’s a supportive culture. We have a friendly, welcoming environment where teamwork and co-operation is encouraged. There is also the possibility that you’ll be able to travel internationally.
Who can apply?
We look for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant engineering or technical discipline, along with strong technical knowledge and good analytical ability. You should have achieved – or be working towards – a 2:1 in your course. You should be an outstanding communicator, who is confident in your abilities and has a mature, proactive approach to work. We expect you to demonstrate strong problem-solving and decision-making skills, along with self motivation and a practical interest in engineering beyond your studies. Our medical branch will test you for your general health. You will also be security cleared.
How to apply
Although applications for the scheme open in October and close in early January, we encourage you to apply as early as possible, as places are limited. We’ll select you for the next stage on the basis of your initial online application, so please do take the time to sell yourself and answer all the questions to the best of your ability. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre in February.
Structure of the assessment centre
There will be an initial welcome meeting with our graduate co-ordinator, as well as existing graduates and placement students. It’s a chance to get the inside track and ask questions. The rest of the day consists of a group exercise to assess your team-working skills and a competency and knowledge-based interview, as well as a presentation to engineering managers. If you’re successful, you’ll receive your offer by early March with a view to starting in the Summer.
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