Tube Lines Limited is an engineering services company responsible for the rebuilding and maintenance of London’s metro transport system under the Tube for London project, in partnership with the London Underground, which in turn, is a part of the overall Transport for London (TfL) scheme.
The company is responsible for the upgrading and maintenance of three major Tube lines—Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly—the busiest sections of the Tube, covering 255 trains, 100 stations, 320 kilometres of track, 82 lifts and 227 escalators.
The company is headquartered in Canary Wharf and employs around 3,500 people. The operations are run on a 24/7 basis, with a majority of activities being carried out between 12.30–5.00 am, when trains are not running.
All graduate programmes are conducted over a period of two years, beginning with an orientation session. On each programme, placements are structured to provide an all-round perspective of the business, followed by dedicated training and development within the selected business unit.
Each programme is split into three to six rotations across the selected business unit, designed with the objective of providing the necessary training to gain ‘chartered engineer’ status and develop experience as a technical specialist or grow into a management role.
Engineering programmes cover regular and project-based activities across the three main asset groups—tracks, stations and lifts and escalators. Hands-on experience covers the full cycle of engineering works, from design and planning to construction, commissioning, regular management and maintenance, as well as unplanned, emergency repairs and maintenance works.
Internships & Placements
There are no internships offered from Tube Lines currently
For more information on apprenticeships at Tube Lines, head over to their apprenticeships section.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
Graduate trainees start on a basic salary of £26,000, which is reviewed once in six months and incremented based on actual performance against agreed objectives, inclusion in the company pension scheme and an interest-free season ticket loan.
You also get up to 90% reimbursement of Tube travel in the first year (subject to applicable rules during the scheme), 29 days of annual leave in addition to bank holidays and inclusion in the voluntary benefits scheme.
Tube Lines Limited offers a total of six graduate programmes, classified into technical (Tech) and engineering management (EM) groups. A summary of the programme-wise classification (in parentheses) and requirements follows:
Railway Mechanical/Civil Engineering (EM): A 2:2 or higher MEng degree in mechanical or civil engineering, accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Railway Mechanical/Civil Engineering (Tech): A 2:2 or higher accredited BEng or MEng (preferred)
Railway Electrical Engineering (EM): A 2:2 or higher MEng degree in electrical engineering or similar, related disciplines accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Railway Electrical Engineering (Tech): A 2:2 or higher BEng or MEng (preferred) degree, accredited by the IET
Quantity Surveying: A 2:2 or higher degree in any quantity surveying or any related disciplines accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveying (RICS)
Planning, Resources and Performance (EM): A 2:2 or higher master’s degree in project management, business, planning or similar, related subjects, accredited by relevant industry, professional bodies.
Across all programmes, non-academic or personal attributes/skills required by the company include excellent verbal and written communication skills, a detail-oriented and result-focussed approach to work, the ability to apply logical and innovative thinking, work well with people and in teams, high levels of self-motivation and a positive attitude, and strong leadership and organisational skills.
All candidates must hold the necessary permits to work in the UK and be willing to work in shifts throughout the company’s operations which run on a 24/7 basis.
How To Apply
Applications for graduate programmes should be submitted through the online system here between November and December each year. Applications are reviewed by the HR team and senior managers from the sponsoring business unit. Shortlisted candidates are required to complete online psychometric tests.
Successful candidates complete a telephone interview and attend an assessment centre, covering several individual and group exercises. Selected candidates receive offers which are subject to reference checks and completion of medical examinations conducted by the company’s occupational health department.