Graduate Recruitment – Engineering

Put your degree into action

Get your career off to a flying start with TDA Group and help us make a difference to the lives of people in the South West.

If you have a degree in Civil or Structural engineering, are good working with others, are forward thinking and have a passion about working in the built environment, then we want to hear from you!

Why TDA?

Engineering services are a key specialism of TDA Group. The team is highly skilled and experienced in the design, supervision and management of civil and structural engineering projects. These range from education schemes, commercial developments, coastal engineering and infrastructure projects; to residential developments, healthcare and mixed use retail schemes.

At TDA we want our people to be the best, so we will dedicate the time and resources needed to give you practical on-the-job experience, formal technical and commercial learning, first-line management skills and the professional development to excel.

From the very start, you will be supported by a number of experienced and professional colleagues providing you with the experience and exposure to achieve the professional qualification which is right for your chosen career path.

Join TDA and you will:

  • Learn from experienced staff
  • Gain new skills and qualifications
  • Explore different sections of the business
  • Work on projects which make a positive difference to communities in the South West

Career Progression

When you join TDA as a Graduate civil or structural engineer, you’ll become a valued member of our team and start your journey along our career pathway.  

You’ll progress through grades of employment within our Engineering team structure as we help you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to practice as a professional engineer.

If you are interested in becoming an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer, we will provide you with the opportunity to train under agreement to work towards becoming a member of the ICE or IStructE.

We will offer you the necessary support, guidance and mentoring to help you achieve this goal.

What type of degree do you need?

You will need an accredited degree in Civil or Structural engineering.

Our Graduate Vacancies

TDA is looking to appoint a permanent full-time Graduate Civil or Structural Engineer.

The ideal applicant will be self-motivated, adaptable and able to work well in a team. You will need the ability to prioritise your workload to suit the demands of the role, whilst maintaining an elevated level of professionalism and accuracy. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential.


The key purpose of this role is to:

  • Support the design development of engineering schemes from feasibility to tender and construction.
  • Work alongside the senior engineers and AutoCAD/BIM technicians on a diverse range of schemes.
  • Undertake surveys and structural inspections of Torbay Council assets.
  • Actively assist the team produce civil and structural engineering designs, detailed drawings, bills of quantities, prepare licence agreements and contract documentation.
  • Assist with the site supervision of contracts.
  • Liaise with Statutory Undertakers and other individuals or bodies affected by TDA projects.
  • Ensure the development and maintenance of sound engineering practices.


Job Requirements:

  • Degree qualified in Civil or Structural Engineering (ideally 2nd class upper division or above).
  • Appetite to work towards professional membership of the ICE or IStructE.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work within an office-based environment.
  • I.T. proficient. • Ability to work to deadlines and multi-task.
  • Ability in the use of AutoCAD.
  • Ability to effectively prioritise workload and work on a diverse range of projects simultaneously.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to sites around the Southwest.
  • Sound knowledge of engineering practices.
  • Interest in undertaking site inspections and supervision works.
  • Awareness of construction health and safety.
  • Knowledge of sustainable construction.



As part of our commitment to making TDA a great place to work, we offer a comprehensive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Graduate starting Salary £27,344 per annum, with career progression to Senior Graduate salary up to £37,261.
  • 26 days paid holiday entitlement (plus bank holidays), increasing with length of service.
  • Great working environment with flex leave scheme.
  • A wide range of lifestyle discounts and health and wellbeing benefits.
  • Option to buy and sell annual leave.
  • Learning and development opportunities.
  • Company Pension scheme, employer contribution 7%, increasing with length of service.


To apply please complete an application form via our TDA website.


Closing date: 31st May 2023

Meet our Current Graduates

What you do in your role? 

I work with engineers in the design and construction of mechanical building services and the maintenance of the services through various Service Level Agreements. 


Educational and professional background before joining TDA: 

I did my professional degree in Mechanical Engineering and started my career as a HVAC Engineer supporting different companies for about four years. Later I pursued my Master’s degree in Low Energy Building Services Engineering from Loughborough University and started my role as Graduate Mechanical Building Services Engineer at TDA in xxx. 


Training and qualifications undertaken as part of your role at TDA: 

I have been certified with British certification in Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH), National Examination board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and Health and Safety Level 3.  I am now looking forward to initiating the route to achieve Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineer (CIBSE) accreditation. 


The most enjoyable parts of the job and working for TDA: 

The opportunities that TDA provides me with to upskill my knowledge, flexible working hours and the support I get from my management and the team. 


What project have you enjoyed working on the most? 

I am working on a school’s refurbishment project for which I did the design and specification of mechanical ventilation, heating and hot water supply. I am managing the project on behalf of the mechanical team. It is always different to work on a real time project rather a university level project. This project has given me a better understanding of Mechanical Building Services Design. 


What would you say to someone thinking of applying to work at TDA? 

TDA is a good option for professional and personal life balance. It is a positive place to work with collaboration, peace, and good career opportunities. 

What do you do in your role?

I assist the electrical team with the specification and design of electrical building services solutions, working on jobs from initial concept through to completion on site. I meet with clients to discuss and understand their requirements and identify the right solution to meet their needs. I run various Service-Level Agreements, as well as oversee planned service items and identify and manage reactive jobs and planned capital projects.


Educational and Professional background before joining TDA:

Prior to joining TDA, I spent over seven years working in various roles for a power generation company. I started as a Production Control Assistant, then undertook a four-year advanced apprenticeship in Electrical Maintenance. During this time I completed my HNC, and went on to work as a Quality Assistant before studying for a BEng (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


Training and Qualifications undertaken as part of the role at TDA:

I previously completed a level 2 CAD course and level 3 IOSH Managing Safely. I am now about to start an 18th Edition Wiring Regulations course and will be doing a course in Solar PV design later this year. I am also starting the process to become professionally registered with the Engineering Council.


The most enjoyable parts of the job and working for TDA:

Without doubt it is the people I work with, combined with the variety of work I am involved in and the flexibility in my working hours that TDA offers.


What project have you enjoyed working on the most?

I am currently working on an access control and CCTV upgrade for a school which also includes electrical works and external lighting, making for an interesting and varied project. I am seeing this project through from concept to completion, specifying and designing the works, meeting with clients and contractors and managing the works on site, ensuring works are carried out to the correct specification.

These types of security jobs are critical to the school’s day to day operation, and I look forward to seeing my ideas and designs come to fruition and the huge benefit this will have to the school.


What  would you say to someone thinking of applying to work at TDA:

TDA is a great place to work. There is a good atmosphere with social activities throughout the year, a variety of work and great career opportunities.

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