Design & Development Engineering at Transport for London

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Designing and developing new solutions using knowledge of electronics hardware and software is an essential part of what we do. We develop innovative solutions and concepts that make sure our current and future infrastructure and equipment can deliver the safe, reliable and world class service that our customers deserve.

During its peak, London Underground runs 540 trains serving 270 stations, providing millions of journeys to our customers daily. As journeys increase and more is expected from the Tube network, we need to make sure our infrastructure and equipment can face future challenges. We do this by conceptualising, developing and testing new solutions on the operational railway.

Design & Development Engineering

Our degree-level apprenticeship in design and development engineering will provide you with a comprehensive, structured training programme over three years. This will provide an introduction to a wide variety of industry-first projects, developing the required skillset for this apprenticeship on the way.

During this apprenticeship, you'll complete six, six-month long placements. Mainly office-based (for design work), you will get some time on site or in laboratory for testing; although at least one placement may be on frontline transport operations, which may require shift work and one may be with an external supplier on a collaborative project. You could find yourself developing exciting new engineering technologies with your own project plan (including testing, compliance and health & safety activities, using your hardware and software skills to create a solution for senior management teams), or you could be working as part of a multi-million project and working in a large team. This might involve collaborating and communicating effectively, to develop a design fit for purpose, structured programming and circuit design.

This new, exciting and challenging apprenticeship will broaden your understanding of electronics and electronic principles, and give you expertise in creating minimal viable products and fully operational solutions. You'll also get to design and deliver devices that provide a useful function, capable of being manufactured at a competitive cost.

You'll use your self-starter motivation and organised thinking to achieve a degree in electronics or electrical & electronic engineering. This could be either a BA Hons; BSc Hons or BBA Hons), accredited by a body such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This will include vocational and academic elements to allow you to work towards chartered membership of the IET in the future.

Successfully completing your apprenticeship could lead to a role in engineering or in one of our many office functions. It's really is up to you and what suits you best.


  • Free travel for you and a nominated partner/family member on the TfL network
  • A 75% discount on National Rail Season Ticket and interest-free loan
  • Minimum of 29 days annual leave plus public holidays
  • Private healthcare discounted scheme - optional
  • Tax-efficient childcare payments
  • Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme
  • Retail, health, leisure and travel offers including discounted Eurostar travel
  • Final salary pension scheme

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