Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

Employer: Sir Robert McAlpine

Who Are They?

Sir Robert McAlpine is a family-owned building and civil engineering company celebrating their 150 years of activities. During this time they have design and built and help preserve many iconic infrastructures around Britain. See how many you can recognise in the following video.

From their offices in Newcastle city centre and across other regions, Sir Robert McAlpine’s employees oversee many different projects across different sectors: from housing and offices to motorways and ports. They even built many schools around the country.

Beyond engineering

Theres more to Sir Robert McAlpine than just engineering and engineers! The complex and fast-paced projects they are involved in, relies on a multidisciplinary team of engineers, designers, architects, quantity surveyors,environmental planners, project managers. They also employ people with a business and human resources background.


If you are interested in engineering, project management and environmental sustainability, Sir Robert McAlpine might a good place for you.  The types of job roles that they are looking to recruit and will need in the future include:

  • Civil engineer (including apprentices)
  • IT Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Project Manager
  • Sustainability Manager
  • CAD technician
  • Geospacial Engineer
  • HR manager
  • Bid writer

Interested in know more about people working here? Have a look at their case studies which includes Lucy Collier, a package engineer

Helpful School Subject Choices:

  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Design & Technology

Hitachi Rail Europe

Employer: Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd

Who Are They?

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd is opening up a brand new factory in Newton Aycliffe, Tyne and Wear. The site will manufacture over 900 rail carriages for high-speed, commuter and metro trains. They’ll be used in the North East, across the UK, and hopefully internationally too. The factory will also have its own research, development and test facilities, including a test track.

When fully open, the plant will employ over 700 people, including apprentices.

Video Profile:

NUSTEM filmed at Hitachi Rail in February 2015 while the factory was still been fitted out. The building is huge!

Perfect For:

If you are interested in rail, logistics, transportation or in making big things work, this could be the company for you. Hitachi are also a global business, so you may find yourself travelling abroad and experiencing other cultures.

There are number of skills and key attributes that Hitachi look for when employing new employees, including communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and respectfulness of others. They’re currently recruiting a range of posts – see the link to their jobs page in the sidebar. But as a quick guide, they’re looking for:

  • Technical Apprentices (specialising in Mechanical Manufacturing, Engineering Maintenance or Engineering Technical Support)
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Health & Safety Advisers
  • Quality Systems Engineer
  • PR and Communications Officer
  • Test Technicians and Assistants
  • Material Handlers

Helpful School Subject Choices:

  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Design & Technology