Fire Engineering Graduate Scheme

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Fire Engineering Graduate Scheme

  • Post Date:8th April 2022
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Job Description

HR Director

Fire Engineering

Position Type
Full Time

Thank you for your interest in applying for this TfL Graduate Scheme.

We’d like to remind you that you must ensure you are eligible for this scheme before applying. Please read through the eligibility criteria below carefully and ensure that you are eligible before applying.

This application will also contain a series of questions to establish whether or not you are eligible. It is important that you take great care in reading and answering these questions as we will not be able to revert your application if an error is made.

Please Note: We only allow one application for any of our Graduate schemes per year. Any subsequent applications will be withdrawn

Fire Engineering Graduate Scheme job description

Fun Fact

What do a new Road Tunnel, Electric Batteries, Sustainability and Art on the Underground have in common? They could be part of your new Fire Engineering career at Transport for London.

Entry requirements
Candidates must already hold or be on track to achieve a minimum of a 2:2 BEng/BSc or MEng/MSc in Fire Engineering, Fire Safety Engineering, Structural Fire Engineering, Fire Risk Engineering or Fire Safety Management (or another similar fire related subjects). Courses must be approved for CEng status by a registered Engineering Council body (e.g. IFE/IEI/CIBSE) or an EU equivalent.

Please be advised that should you be successful in getting an offer for this graduate scheme, your offer will be subject to a satisfactory medical which may include but is not limited to: drugs and alcohol screening, eye test and hearing test.

What Qualifications will I gain? (Delete if not applicable)
The scheme will set you on the right course to become a Chartered Engineer. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of online and in-person training courses tailored to your chosen career direction.

London (there might be some hybrid working involved depending on a placement)

Most of our work locations are in London. It is anticipated that hybrid working (mix of working from home and in the work environment) will be the typical arrangement going forward, although this will vary to some extent from one placement to another. All employees have the right to request flexible working; we will consider all requests in a reasonable manner.

2 years


Job overview
Our Engineers focus on the assets that form the foundation of our transport system.

London never stops and the engineering challenge which we face in modernising and upgrading our systems has been likened to undertaking open heart surgery on a patient while they are running a marathon! Our network plays a massive role in ensuring London can become a Net Zero Carbon city and as Engineers we help shape the decisions that will lead to this carbon reduction.

Your work will span multiple transport modes, working in multi-disciplinary teams from across TfL with customers, local government, suppliers, consultants and contractors to deliver city-defining programmes and cutting-edge innovations. You will support reliable operation of one of the world’s leading transport networks and shape London’s future transport network.

What will I be doing?
As a graduate, the two-year development programme will be made up of up to eight placements, typically lasting three months. We understand that everyone’s career is different, so every graduates’ journey is unique. Projects will vary but can include design within multi-disciplines including fire, mechanical, electrical, comms & system design including fire interfaces. The programme will provide you first-hand experience working on sites with construction teams to learn about emergency management, installation of fire related systems and fire interfacing systems. Additionally, you will gain exposure to business operations, procedures network management and emergency procedures throughout the TfL network.

Some example projects which our graduates have previously worked on include:

  • Bank Station Capacity Upgrade – A project which is seeing a whole new platform and station box built under the City of London
  • Crossrail– Europe’s most complex railway infrastructure project – fire strategy and fire assurance
  • Silvertown Tunnel – a new road tunnel under the Thames – Design of Active and Passive Fire protection systems.
  • Electric Bus Fire Risk Analysis
  • Victoria Coach Station – Upgrade of fire safety systems

Where can this career take me?
The aim of the programme is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful fire career. Upon completing the scheme we would expect you to move into one of our engineering teams, where you will then continue to develop your career as an engineer through your assignments across TfL, progressively taking on more challenging roles as you build your core competence.

Within five years, we would expect you to be taking on increasing responsibility, leading engineering delivery and liaising with internal and external stakeholders to deliver complex engineering solutions. This will in turn facilitate your application for Chartered Engineer status. Graduates go on to undertake engineering management roles on multi-discipline projects of national importance or to lead discipline engineering teams, directly improving the experience of the travelling public and transforming how London moves and how TfL operates.

What development and support will you get?
Whilst on the scheme, we’ll support your technical development through a wide range of on-the-job practical experiences and placements. We’ll also support your professional development through a combination of classroom-led and online training courses, mentoring and structured networking opportunities with scheme alumni. You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor, mentor, placement managers and buddy.

What do we look for?
Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proof for millions of Londoners. Our talented graduates form a vital part of that vision, so it’s important that we find the best people to help us do this. We’re looking for people who have;

  • An inquisitive mind
  • A creative approach to problem-solving
  • A curiosity to understand the root cause of a problem
  • A desire to strive for ways to improve and refine

As a member of our Engineering team, we’ll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value from day one. If you are excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London and the future of transport, then this is the graduate scheme for you.

Important Information
Most of our graduates work normal office hours, with occasional shifts to take part in night or weekend engineering activities (depending on the placement).

Application Process
The application process consists of 5 steps, including online assessments which will need to be completed within an allocated time frame. We highly recommend that you read through this document thoroughly so that you can familiarise yourself with the process. Should you need to speak to anyone within the Recruitment Team then please email the recruitment team at or or call us on 0203 005 1680 Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 17.00pm (Excluding bank holidays)

Please click on this link for which describes each stage of the Graduates Application Process

If you already hold your qualification certificates, please upload copies of these to your application. If you are due to sit final exams or need to replace any certificates, these can be provided at a later stage.

Inclusive recruitment process
We operate a transparent recruitment process that removes barriers for disabled candidates.

We’re a Disability Confident employer, and we offer guaranteed interviews to candidates who apply via the scheme where the minimum criteria for skills, knowledge and experience has been met.

Our candidate experience continues to be underpinned by a fair and robust reasonable adjustments process, in collaboration with our Occupational Health colleagues, and other expert organisations.

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