Graduate Reliability Design Engineer – Chassis

Location: Ballymena

Our Company

  • In a nutshell, we build buses and coaches. In fact, more than half of the buses you see on the roads in the UK are built by Alexander Dennis. We have a huge responsibility for keeping the world moving.
  • We are saving the planet. Our purpose is to support Governments globally with their push to reduce pollution and improve air quality by building greener, more eco-friendly buses.
  • We love our customers. So much so, almost every bus we build is bespoke – what the customer wants, we will do our best to deliver.
  • We have a fantastic Canadian parent company called NFI. They welcomed us into the family in 2019, and we haven’t looked back ever since.
  • There is no doubt about it – it was a tough 2020 for Alexander Dennis. But now we are building back, winning new orders in Germany and Ireland which will be manufactured right here in the UK.
  • Our global footprint is pretty impressive. We have a presence in some super cool places across the world from Hong Kong to Auckland to Toronto.

Want to know even more? Check out our YouTube channel here!

Your Dream Role

  • An exciting opportunity for a Graduate Design Engineer to join our Global Chassis Reliability team here at Alexander Dennis.
  • Develop into a key design engineer, working in project teams to identify failures and provide delivery of solutions.
  • Be mentored by Lead and Principal Engineers who will support you in identifying issues, implementing solutions, and verifying and testing delivering design to maintain vehicle specifications.
  • If you enjoy problem solving, this is the ideal role for you. Learn how to identify failure modes, driving to the root cause and support in delivering cost effective solutions.
  • We are a fast-paced business with often competing priorities. Work cross functionally internally and externally to deliver business and customer requirements.
  • Roles like this don’t come along often – you will have exposure to a wide range of stakeholders and complex projects globally which will help you grow into a Design Engineer.

About You

  • A recent Graduate within an Engineering discipline.
  • If you have some work experience, particularly within the automotive sector – even better!
  • Relationship building will come easily to you. You will be confident and won’t shy away from working with a variety of stakeholders and won’t be afraid of asking questions.
  • Driven, curious, and passionate about delivering the highest quality of work at all times.
  • Good IT skills, with experience of MS Packages. Even better if you have experience of, or an understanding, CAD and Quality Systems.
  • Things can be hectic here so you will have the ability to work unsupervised, often to tight deadlines.
  • Generally, someone who is approachable, with a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed.


  • HNC/Degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a similar discipline.
  • Able to travel between our UK sites as required.


  • A competitive salary package – we aim to reward our people at the level they deserve.
  • A half day every Friday. Yes, every Friday. A long weekend, every weekend.
  • The opportunity to work for a company doing amazing things for our environment. You will have a real input into how we do this.
  • You will work with some incredibly intelligent and driven people and get involved with complex projects which you won’t find anywhere else.
  • We don’t employ people and tell them what to do. You will have the opportunity to change and improve the way we do things which is always good for your personal development.

Next Steps

If this sounds like you, and you’re interested in coming ‘aboard’, then we would love to hear from you. Alongside uploading your CV, please share a short covering letter detailing why you’re interested and why we should hire you!

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