5 of the top graduate rail engineering companies in the UK

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

If you’re graduating from university this year, you’ve probably already started looking for jobs or graduate schemes to apply for. However, in an industry such as rail engineering, it can be difficult determining which companies you want to work for when you first enter the job market.

Last year, over 44,000 undergraduates took part in the Guardian UK 300 survey, sharing their opinions about which companies they’d most like to work for. So, who do you think came out on top for graduates interested in construction, civil engineering and quantity surveying?

As voted for by undergraduates, here are the top five rail engineering companies to work for in the UK.

1. Arup

Coming in at number one was Arup, a global firm with more than 12,000 staff in over 30 countries. Specialising in a range of disciplines, including everything from architecture to finance, Arup has numerous rail projects all over the world.

Some of their most notable rail projects include High Speed Rail 1, formally the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, between London and Paris. They were also responsible for the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station and Underground, not to mention being instrumental in multiple high-speed rail projects across the globe.

2. Atkins

Another design, engineering and project management consultancy which encompasses a wealth of different fields, Atkins was the company behind designing and developing the London 2012 Olympic Park.

They’re currently involved in a number of exciting rail projects, both here in the UK and abroad. Their Stafford Area Improvements Programme involves working collaboratively with Network Rail to improve line speed and construct six miles of new railway, and they’ve also been tasked with delivering Europe’s largest re-signalling scheme.

3. Mott MacDonald

With their expertise in rail dating back to the early 1900s, Mott MacDonald originally constructed the City and South London Railway. Roll forward 100 years and they’re now carrying out high profile rail projects around the world, boasting 35 offices globally.

Mott MacDonald’s vast range of rail projects include everything from extending the London Underground Jubilee Line and having a key role in the UK’s HS2 route, to implementing new heavy haul lines in South Africa and Mozambique.


Employing a whopping 100,000 people across 150 countries, AECOM are certainly one of the industry’s giants. Investing heavily in their graduate development programme, they’re regularly involved in high profile projects such as designing the indoor theme park, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.

Their extensive freight rail projects include the London Gateway, the UK’s first 21st century major deep-sea container port; the modernisation of Croatia’s entire rail network; and a full rail safety assessment of the South East Queensland Rail Network.

5. Balfour Beatty

A leading international infrastructure group, Balfour Beatty finance, develop, build and maintain a range of innovative and efficient infrastructure, with notable projects including the Olympic Aquatics Centre and the Blackfriars Rail Station.

As a recognised leader in modern rail engineering, Balfour Beatty have designed and managed the construction of thousands of miles of railway systems. The Blackfriars Rail Station project involved relieving one of the worst rail bottlenecks in London by widening and strengthening the Blackfriars railway bridge.

Take a look at our latest rail and transportation job listings to see if you can find your dream role in rail engineering. You can also visit our Morson Vital Training page to find out more about the work we do with young rail professionals, as well as different routes into rail, such as apprenticeships.

For more information about starting a career in rail, check out the Young Rail Professionals website.


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