Graduate Scheme

UTAC's graduate scheme, based near Milton Keynes, allows successful applicants to move between diverse service streams across the business.

The experience gained, coupled with personal development and funding towards professional accreditation, supports graduates in securing a role as an engineer.

Automotive engineers on a Millbrook graduate scheme near Milton Keynes learning about ADAS testing

Rotational Graduate Programme

Our graduate programme is a dynamic, two-year rotational scheme, providing you with the opportunity to work alongside our world-class engineers and technicians in critical areas of the business. These include Future Powertrain and EV Battery testing; a major area of rapid expansion for the business,  Propulsion System testing; UTAC is at the forefront of powertrain performance, consumption, range and clean fuel technology development, Central Operations; testing all types of vehicles from high-performance to military vehicles in the workshop and on the tracks, Events; we have a number of exceptional Event venues at UTAC Proving ground supporting customers with their own private launch, test and training events, Commercial; To provide a ‘whole business’ appreciation join our Support functions as part of your rotations.

The 2 year rotational scheme, offers up to 5 different placements experiencing wide variety of engineering roles and experiences.  The scheme commences each year in September, provides a dedicated mentor and Programme Manager, ensures IMechE/Professional body accreditation and Graduates apply for a permanent position within the business.  To date the graduates have achieved greater than 95% appointment to a full-time role post programme. Career progression is encouraging with programme alumni rapidly expanding their professional skill and experience enabling opportunities to excel in role, move laterally or upwards in the UTAC Group

  • Applicants should hold either an Electrical, Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree
  • Previous relevant industry work experience (beneficial)
  • Previous Undergraduate placement experience (beneficial)
  • An interest in progressing you career within the following focus areas; Electrical Powertrain, CAV, ADAS and data analysis (essential)
  • To provide evidence of projects, dissertation or degree modules that have given you exposure to and an understanding of these focus areas
  • Good general IT skills especially MS Excel (essential)
  • A good understanding of engineering and motor vehicles in general (essential)
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong organisational, analytical and problem solving skills
Personal Behaviours
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to use initiative and to problem solve
  • Flexible and self- driven
  • Positive autonomous attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Methodical
  • Highly motivated team player
  • Represents highest company standards
Other information
  • Flexibility to travel as and when required
  • Full UK driving licence
  • SC clearance or ability to achieve this (UK national with residency in the UK for the last 5 years)
  • Willing to undergo a Criminal Disclosure check

Working Environment: Office/ Labs. NOTE: This role will be based on-site


2022 applications now open! Apply by submitting your CV and covering letter to the email address below.
Millbrook driver training using digital twin

Training and Personal Development

With significant new investment, we are diversifying into new markets and expanding internationally, which means even greater training and career opportunities. Graduates have the opportunity to complete training, development workshops, stretch assignments and job shadowing.

To help graduates measure their progress, objectives and development plans are agreed at the start of each rotational placement. Regular reviews ensure that candidates have the opportunity to evaluate their contribution and performance and identify areas for further development.


Why Choose UTAC?

  • Competitive starting salary, with structured increases
  • 25 days’ paid holiday, plus Bank Holidays
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Health cover
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Funded and fully supported accreditations through an approved professional body

To be considered for the UTAC graduate scheme, you must be studying towards a 2:1 or above in a relevant engineering degree subject.

We are looking for individuals with excellent communication skills, attention to detail and team working ethos. We looks for graduates with problem solving skills, who thrive on planning and organisation but are willing to show flexibility and ‘out the box’ thinking. Previous work experience or an undergraduate placement within UTAC or a similar organisation is desirable, though not essential.

Successful applicants start in 5 September 2022. Evidence of your completed degree will be required upon commencement of the programme.

All UTAC employees must be willing to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and SC level security clearance may be required for some roles within restricted departments.

High and low voltage electric powertrain systems development testing at Millbrook

“I had the opportunity to work with a huge variety of departments and projects during my graduate rotation. This gave me extensive knowledge and enabled me to engage with people across the proving ground and the automotive engineering industry.”

Millbrook graduate scheme employees and apprentices using Virtual Proving Ground Simulator

“Having joined as an undergraduate and returned as a graduate, I have been involved in a wide range of areas across the automotive sector, from technical rotations to commercial exposure. I also attend sports and social events which provide me with opportunities to meet new colleagues from across the business.”

Seat test laboratory at Millbrook

“I’ve been given the opportunity to explore and develop my interests in various parts of engine testing alongside developing my skills as an engineer. The experience has been brilliant and I would love to pursue a career in this department at the end of my graduate scheme.”