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Graduate Mechanical Engineer


Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) exists to accelerate the advantage and impact of our clients. We do it through innovative engineering and technology that solves complex problems and brings a step-change in weight, speed, and efficiency.

WAE is a class leader in electrification and vehicle systems across the motorsport and automotive industries. In addition, WAE is undergoing a period of ambitious growth and playing a key part in supporting the sustainability vision of our parent organisation Fortescue Mining Group (FMG).

Working closely with their subsidiary company Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), WAE will be delivering a number of key strategic programmes – including Project Green Fleet – to enable the decarbonisation of FMG’s mining operations fleet and achieve net zero emissions by 2030.

As an industry leader in technology innovation, that is delivering solutions to accelerate the global transition to a green and sustainable future, WAE is focused on creating exciting and meaningful opportunities for both our partners and our team.

Job role:

We are looking for exceptional candidates, graduating in the summer 2023 or who have graduated in the past year to join our Engineering Graduate Scheme.

The successful candidates will spend up to three years rotating across different engineering departments, covering a broad range of projects and engineering sectors, to maximise their exposure to the business. Example rotations could include Mechanical Development, Design, Vehicle Integration, Battery Integration, CAE and Technology Research.

Within each rotation you will deliver specific engineering projects which might include the design of componentry for vehicle systems, analysing the structural integrity of components and systems, conducting integration activities for vehicle and battery programmes or researching market trends and new technologies.

Upon completion of the scheme, you will transition into a permanent role closely aligned with your skills and interests (subject to business need).

The scheme has a strong focus on personal development and strives to provide the right environment, training and guidance to harness your career. You will join a cohort of fellow graduates within the scheme, be able to share experience and knowledge as well as benefitting from the wider Early Careers Network.

You’ll have:

 you’ll have achieved (or be expecting to achieve) a degree-level qualification in mechanical, automotive, motorsport or aerospace engineering. We are also open to business related degrees, where further study in mechanical engineering is demonstrated. Possession of knowledge or practical experience within industry in design, analysis, physical testing or system engineering would be advantageous.

Successful candidates will be interested in working on a variety of sector-based projects and have a desire to develop a career as a Mechanical Engineer.

The successful candidates will demonstrate competencies linked to WAE’s core values, which are:

  • Leadership – a desire to take the initiative on a piece of analytical work, small/niche/prototype project or process improvement
  • Courage – ability to tackle a challenging problem, solve it and help peers to learn from it
  • Integrity – individual self-awareness, openness to constructive feedback in order to grow
  • Empowerment – a team player mindset, collaborator and friend
  • Positivity – a can-do attitude, pro-active and able to work under pressure
  • Agility – able to think on your feet, adapt to changing circumstances and embrace change
  • Innovation – forward thinking, clear foresight to proof design concepts with consideration of real-life application in an ever-changing world
  • Wellbeing – an active listener, supportive peer

We’ll provide:

  • Training to add to your existing skills and accelerate your career
  • A supportive and empowering work environment 

Application deadline:

Closing date for applications is 9th December 2022


We are based on the Williams technical campus in Grove, Oxfordshire, UK. 20 minutes’ drive South of Oxford, UK.

Disclaimers and DEI:

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. At WAE we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills. WAE is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity and inclusion. If you have a disability, we are happy to discuss reasonable job adjustments.



26 Days Holiday

Increase with service

Options to buy/sell up to 1 week every December

2 x Car Schemes

Jaguar Land Rover and Tusker ULE

Bonus Scheme

We offer a performance based bonus scheme

Childcare Benefits

Childcare vouchers

TEDS Nursery Vouchers

Health and Fitness

Free onsite gym with classes

National gym membership discounts available

Private Medical Insurance

8% employer contributions rising to 10% after 3 years

Staff Events

Cycle to work scheme

Please Note: Due to the Volume of applications we receive on a daily basis we cannot guarantee your application will be acknowledged or considered unless you have applied directly via our website wae.com/careers.