London Underground Engineering – Fleet (Level 3)

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Help us keep London Underground’s fleet of over 600 trains in tip top condition.

‘My role in Fleet Engineering is very hands on. I work with a variety of teams within depots where I undertake tasks that could range from fault finding to fitting and replacing components on the trains. Everything has a VMI (process instruction) that is created for someone who has never completed the task before.

Although all the courses we do help us to learn and progress, the best way to learn is to do. I have had the opportunity to do that in every depot where I learn from mistakes.’

— Laura, London Underground Fleet Apprentice

This role starts in February 2020

How long: 3 years
Where:  London
Salary: From £19,268

What you’ll need

  • 5 GCSE’s A*-C/ grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including maths and English language.
  • To be 17 years old by 1 February 2020

We’re looking for people who are

  • Analytical and logical thinkers
  • Continuing learners
  • Creative and innovative

London Underground carries five million passengers a day, putting intense stress and strain on our trains as they keep London moving. Our Fleet Apprentices help keep our fleet of over 600 trains in tip top condition.

The role of a London Underground fleet engineering apprentice is critical to ensuring the ongoing performance and safety of our trains. You’ll work on maintaining all the systems on board each train, from traction and brakes to lighting and auxiliaries, and gain an understanding of all our rolling stock, ranging from the 1972 stock of the Bakerloo line to the latest computer controlled ‘S’ Stock running on the District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines.

Having a broad range of technical knowledge and skills keeping our trains safe and running is what sets our Fleet Apprentices above apprentices from all the other rail companies worldwide.

What will I be doing

As a London Underground Fleet Apprentice you will undertake regular placements at our train care depots across London. Here, after receiving high quality classroom and on the job training from our fleet dedicated trainers, you will work alongside skilled train maintainers and engineers, learning how our varied train systems operate.

London Undergrounds rolling stock has long since ceased to be ‘clunk click’ and is now a highly sophisticated piece of equipment requiring a raised level of technical competence to maintain it.

Under constant supervision, and working as part of a team, you will learn and become proficient in both mechanical and electrical skills enabling you to help contribute to the maintenance and fault repair of our varied rolling stock, ensuring a fast turn around and playing your part in keeping London moving.

Where can this career take me

This apprenticeship is just the start of your career, the roles and opportunities available to you are endless. You may want to progress onto an apprenticeship at a higher level , or you may want to move into a Team Leader, Depot Manager or Operational Manager role.

Alternatively, you may want to remain as a hands-on engineer, growing in knowledge and experience and passing on your skills to the next generation of apprentices.

The current Director of Engineering and Managing Director for London Underground for TfL both started as technician apprentices so it can be seen that the apprentices can aspire eventually to senior management positions.


Apply for this role

Applications are due to close after 5 May.

Please note: Unlike the rest of our apprenticeship schemes, this role starts in February 2020


‘The opportunities offered within the role are endless. I am inspired by speaking to people who work in depots who started as apprentices and are now in more senior roles.’

— Laura, London Underground Fleet Apprentice