Renishaw Graduate Scheme

Renishaw Graduates–6875

Renishaw offers a variety of opportunities for graduates from a number of backgrounds. Please apply through the streams below.

In order to grow as a company, we maintain a high level of skill in our workforce by maximising potential through career training and development.

2019 Graduate Scheme

Renishaw constantly strives to recruit and develop talented individuals. We believe that this is as important to us as designing measurement and inspection equipment and software. Part of Renishaw’s ongoing success is due to its commitment to investing in the training and development of its staff.

Application process

We have re-opened our applications for Graduate Electronic Engineers and for Graduate Software Engineers, applications will close at midnight on 11th January 2019. Please click on the links below to apply.

All other applications for our 2019 graduate schemes opened on 3rd September 2018 and closed on 9th November 2018.  You are still able to click on a stream from those listed below to read more about the roles available on our graduate scheme each year.

What does the scheme involve?

The graduate training programme is designed to strike a balance between structure and flexibility. The basic principle is that graduates are aware of the opportunities within the company and so have enough information to make informed choices as their careers develop.

The main features of the graduate programme are:

Up to 2 years of flexible placements

Mentorship scheme

One week comprehensive company induction programme

Job-specific training, skills and knowledge

Hundreds of possible career paths

Learn more about our graduate scheme

Training and support

Our training and support is structured to suit both individual and company needs. Graduates are allocated a mentor to help guide them through their initial few years in the company.

Many graduates go on to forge a long and successful career at Renishaw; a number of directors and operations managers have come into the company as graduates and apprentices.

Upon completion of the graduate scheme, graduates will move into an appropriate position within one of Renishaw’s product divisions.

Company Benefits

25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays

Support to gain chartered status

Medical and life assurance

Defined contribution pension scheme – 9% company contribution

On site fitness centres


Most positions are available at a number of sites in the south of Gloucestershire, close to Bristol, with easy access to the M5. We also have some positions available at our sites in Miskin (South Wales) and Stone (Staffordshire).

Due to very limited public transport links in most areas, having your own transport is essential.

Please note:

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and have a valid visa where applicable.

Contact Us:

If you have a query regarding the Graduate Scheme, please contact our team on: [email protected]

Graduate Applications Engineer

Relevant disciplines: Aeronautical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Physics.

Renishaw Applications Engineers are some of the most experienced engineers in the company, trained to a very high standard in multiple disciplines in order to provide customer orientated solutions. You will undergo a two year training programme either in-house or on customer sites to gain experience of real world, customer related problems.

Following your training period, you will be a highly skilled and knowledgeable member of the Renishaw Applications team who can be called upon to provide support either pre or post sales throughout the Renishaw group. You will become a self-sufficient, confident engineer able to present Renishaw solutions to all levels of management.

Working in Applications can often involve travel, either national or international, depending on the product line.

Core knowledge

Applications Engineers will gain:

Excellent grasp of engineering principles

Understanding of manufacturing processes, methods, and modern manufacturing techniques

Understanding of engineering drawings and principles

Ability to work as part of a team or as an individual

Excellent communication and presentation skills

Confident in front of customers

Aware of the commercial activities surrounding the customer requirements

An appreciation of business demands


Product requirements

The ability to prioritise and plan effectively

Time management

The ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines

Understand the intended use of the products that you are working on

Promotion within the Applications stream can lead to positions such as Senior or Principle Applications Engineer, or to a managerial position such as Applications Manager or Operations Manager.

Gloucestershire and South Wales

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Stone: Additive manufacturing

Our Commercial Graduates benefit from a structured development programme with placements in a range of rewarding and challenging roles. You will be working alongside some of our most experienced, capable and accomplished experts in their field.

Commercial Graduates–18700

All graduate streams will be open from 3rd September 2018 until 9th November 2018.

Graduates applying for this position should have studied in disciplines such as Business Management, Marketing, International Business Studies, Operations Management, Manufacturing, Engineering or any other near equivalent courses. Candidates from non-engineering disciplines are expected to show a strong interest in technology and engineering and can also demonstrate commercial acumen and excellent communication skills. As a Commercial Graduate, you will play a key role in ensuring Renishaw remains a market leader.

The commercial stream spans a variety of disciplines that support the commercial operations of Renishaw and supports recruitment into corporate divisions, manufacturing, product divisions and subsidiaries. 

During your time on our graduate scheme, you will rotate throughout different areas of the business. Some examples of these rotations include but are not limited to:

Business Operations: an opportunity to work within a manufacturing environment supporting supply chain activities or in the corporate function such as Human Resources, Finance or Intellectual Property.

Marketing Communications: responsible for the creation of the marketing collateral used to publicise Renishaw’s products worldwide. This can include digital content creation, email marketing, video and animations, sales brochures, technical documentation, news articles for industry journals, plus demonstration equipment and graphics for exhibitions.

Product Marketing: working with R&D project teams to develop the specification and business plans for future products and products currently in development.

Sales / Business Development: working in a corporate function supporting many critical elements from market and financial analysis, operations, and web channel developments.

What you will gain

Depending on your specialism, Commercial Graduates will develop an understanding of:

Commercial processes including marketing and sales

Situational analysis and problem solving

Commercial activities surrounding the customer requirements

Collaborative working practice

Resource and time management

Understanding of product lifecycle and manufacturing techniques

Understand the intended use of our products and how they benefit the customer

Market and financial analysis

International exposure to the commercial operations of Renishaw subsidiaries

What you will need

High standard of verbal and written communication (including presentation skills)

Collaborative, and keen to share information, knowledge and skills

Able to identify the goals of any project and work towards them

Prioritise and plan work effectively

Work under pressure when required

Basic understanding of product lifecycle and manufacturing techniques

Strong interest in technology

Promotion in this stream can lead to more senior positions within a product division, corporate function or sales subsidiary.

Upon successfully finishing the scheme, commercial graduates have taken on permanent roles in business development, product marketing, marketing communications and sales development.

Graduate Electronic Engineers–18701

Relevant disciplines: Electronic Engineering and Physics.

As a Graduate Electronics Engineer you will play a key role in ensuring Renishaw remains a market leader, often by using the latest electronic technology to ensure the best possible performance from our products. Graduate Electronic Engineers are challenged with delivering smaller, faster, cheaper and more reliable products.

The electronics design stream requires a variety of different skills from: analogue to digital; embedded software to VHDL and DSP coding; DC to RF; passives to custom silicon design; magnetic sensing to opto-electronics; circuit design to PCB layout; blue-sky research to final development.

Core knowledge

Graduate Electronic Engineers will gain understanding of:

Signals and Systems

Electronic devices and circuits

Analogue and digital devices and design implementation (current and new technology)

Component packaging and manufacturability

Control systems

Power devices and design incorporation

Algorithm and data manipulation

Embedded systems using FPGA

Signal Processing

Digital Signal Processing (DSP) devices and configuration

Architectures for digital signal processing ; Hardware and connectivity

Development of algorithms and implementation

C (C++, C#) Code to support development

Analogue signal processing including filtering and signal conditioning


Standard communication interfaces including a knowledge of USB, PCIe and peripheral support including I2C and SPI.

Conceptual Design

Development Testing

Prototype testing and commissioning

Prototype Assembly


Research sources to solve design problems, use of references, Internet etc.

Part Identification

Identify and agree new components to support product

Design for Manufacture and Design for Test


Product Upgrades

Be aware of some of the reasons why products are upgraded

Detailed Drawing

Promotion in this stream is likely to take you down either a technical route, to Senior then Principal Design Engineer, or to a more managerial position like Technical / Design Manager.

Graduate Manufacturing Engineers–18704

All graduate streams will open from the 3rd September 2018 until the 9th November 2018.

Relevant disciplines: Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Production Engineering and Robotics / Automation.

Renishaw offers exciting opportunities for graduates within our Manufacturing Services Division. The graduate development programme for Manufacturing Engineers aims to develop ambitious, talented and self-motivated graduates into the skilled technical experts and managers required to grow and advance the manufacturing side of our business.

You will follow a personalised and structured two and a half year programme based on a series of three to six month placements covering a broad range of disciplines. Placements and projects will be ‘tuned’ to your ambitions and always involve work on real projects delivering tangible business benefits.

The scheme is split into both Graduate Electronic Manufacturing Engineers and Graduate Manufacturing Engineers in order to tailor your experience and placements to your interests.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer–18707

All graduate streams will be open from the 3rd September 2018 until the 9th November 2018.

Relevant disciplines: Mechanical Engineering.

Graduate Mechanical Design Engineers at Renishaw are involved in all aspects of the mechanical design process; taking ideas from concept, through prototype stages and onto manufacture. With the full array of modern design and manufacturing techniques and tools available, you will ensure Renishaw products are innovative and robust; pushing the limits of mechanical and material properties based on sound engineering principles.

Renishaw creates products that are used in the manufacture and control of other products throughout industry and in a wide variety of applications all over the world. You will therefore have to take many factors into consideration when designing our products, such as: temperature; high accuracy and repeatability; manufacturing processes and volumes; and integration with complex control systems. This means the design specification can be uniquely challenging – if our products don’t work correctly, our customers’ products won’t work correctly!

Core knowledge

Graduate Mechanical Engineers will gain understanding of:

Mechanical design

Structural design, material failure, etc.

Stress analysis techniques: hand calculations, FEA, software tools available

Thermal stresses/strains

Bending and torsional stiffness

Process design

Mechanism design

Materials selection



Vibration, shock, etc.

Designing for structural stiffness


Fluid mechanics

Manufacturing techniques

Metal casting techniques (sand, die, investment)

Injection moulding (plastics, metals)

Milling & turning

Sheet metal forming

Design Verification

Experimental procedures

Mechanical engineering testing equipment

Test rig functional design

Mechanisms and control

Linear systems (linear rails, leadscrews, ballscrews)

Transmission and drive systems – belt drives, gear systems

Dynamic couplings – rotary and linear

Kinematic couplings

Spring systems: coil spring and beam spring characteristics

Promotion within the Mechanical stream is likely to follow a technical route to Senior then Principal Design Engineer, or to a position with more managerial responsibilitysuch as Technical or Design Manager.

Gloucestershire and South Wales

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Stone: Additive manufacturing

Physics / Scientific Graduates–18705

Relevant disciplines: Chemistry, Optical Engineering and Physics.

Please note: Applications for this stream are now closed for 2019 intake.

As well as the more mainstream engineering disciplines, most of Renishaw’s product lines also require specialists in a number of other areas.  For instance, physicists are employed across the business on many challenges from the complex error mapping of 3D scanning probes in the CMM products division, to optoelectronic design in encoder and laser calibration products. In the spectroscopy, physics, optics, maths and chemistry expertise are often in demand.

Core knowledge

Depending on your product and application specialism, Physics/Scientific Graduates can develop understanding of:


Lens design

Diffractive optics, multi-level gratings

Partial coherence

Computer-generated holograms


Lasers (for micromachining and metrology)


Dielectric filtering

Photometry, power budgeting


Material science

Raman spectroscopy

Solid state physics

Semiconductor device physics

LEDs, lasers and photodiodes

Promotion in this stream is likely to take you down either a technical route to Senior then Principal Design Engineer, or to a more managerial position such as Technical / Design Manager.

Graduate Project Coordinator–18706

Please note: Applications for this stream are now closed for 2019 intake.

Relevant disciplines: Any Engineering Discipline, Business, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Applicants from a non-engineering background are expected to be able to show strong interest in technology / engineering and to be able to back this up.

In product development, you will generally need a technical or scientific background to understand the design and contribute fully to the team. This is a varied role involving a mixture of day-to-day administration, following and developing processes, planning and strategy. You must be comfortable, or able to become comfortable, communicating with people at all levels of the organisation.

Starting in this role, you would need to learn skills like: influencing without having authority, negotiating with internal and external suppliers, and thinking in a structured way for planning, problem solving and process development.

Core knowledge

Graduate Project Coordinators will gain understanding of:

Traditional project management skills and methods

Work- and product-breakdown structures

Network diagrams and Gantt charts

Critical path and critical chain

Project cost reporting and forecasting

Project risk assessment

Working with people

Leadership and coaching styles

Team roles


Communication – oral and written, presenting to groups and one-to-one

A wide knowledge of processes used throughout the Renishaw Group, including those in:

The New Product Development Process



Manufacturing and test

Materials management

Service centre

Marketing, business development and sales

Finance, IT, legal and personnel

Opportunities for project coordinators may exist in the design, manufacturing, healthcare or corporate environments.

Promotion in this stream would likely lead you to manage increasingly complex products and projects, before moving into an Operations Management or cross-divisional role.

Graduate Software Engineers–18699

Relevant disciplines: Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, and Software Engineering.

Our Graduate Software Engineers work with a variety of software: application, embedded, macro, scripting. In the majority of our hardware products, in-house software is an essential component, including application software. Software engineers also help to develop test rigs for our manufacturing facilities and business applications for a variety of other departments.

Software Engineers at Renishaw are likely to experience a variety of software development methodologies and approaches, including agile.

Programming languages are generally C, C++, C#, VB and others depending upon the desired solution and platform that the software is to run on. Platforms range from Windows and Linux to Real-Time embedded operating systems for large and small scale microprocessor and microcontrollers.

Various development processes and lifecycles are used depending on the nature of the problem being solved but mainly follow either a sequential (Waterfall, V-Model) or iterative (Agile, Unified Process) style.

Promotion in this stream is likely to take you down either a technical route to Senior then Principal Software Engineer, or to a managerial position such as Technical Manager or Department Manager.

Gloucestershire and South Wales

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Stone: Additive manufacturing

Graduate Process Engineer–43733

Graduates applying for this position should have studied in disciplines such as:


Robotics and Automation

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Software Engineering

Communications Engineering

Candidates from other engineering disciplines are also considered and are expected to show strong interest in programming.

An integral member of R&D, a Process Engineer plays a key role in bringing new products to the market. Process engineering is the design and development of data acquisition, test and measurement, robotics and automation systems in early stages of product innovation that leads through to manufacturing.

During your time on the graduate scheme, you will rotate throughout different areas of business. Some examples of these rotations include but are not limited to:

Encoder Products Division (EPD): an opportunity to work in either Encoder readhead or scale design supporting the process development of new products. With volume manufacturing, tackle the problems faced in automation, data integrity and robust process control.

Machine tool Products Division (MPD): working in a dedicated process development team to support new product design or worldwide service test applications. Products vary from simple touch trigger probes to complex 3D scanning systems.

Coordinate Measuring Machines Division (CPD): design and develop equipment and software used in the development, testing and production of Coordinate Measuring Machine heads and probes.

What you will gain

Depending on your specialism, Process Engineering Graduate will develop an understanding of:

Data acquisition system design and development

Application development through LabVIEW

PLC / Robot Programming (Mitsubishi/Siemens/KUKA)

Machine vision

Motion control

Six Sigma for statistical process control

What you will need

Ability to learn new programming languages

Work well as part of a team to achieve common objectives

High standard of verbal and written communication for technical information

Basic understanding of product lifecycle and manufacturing techniques

Knowledge in other programming languages are welcome (C, C#, Python, SQL, etc.)

Promotion in this stream can lead to more senior positions within a product division.

Upon successfully finishing the scheme, Process Engineering Graduates will take on permanent roles in product development, process development, process improvement and assembly development.

Operational Management Graduate Scheme–43734

The Operational Graduate training scheme is a Manufacturing Services Division based program aimed at providing Graduates with an overall appreciation of manufacturing management via practical “hands on” placement periods with varied and real operational responsibilities.

The program will be for a maximum of 2 and a half years and will encompass various functional areas of manufacturing with periods of approximately 6 months spent working in the different areas.

Core areas covered in the placement periods will be in a production supervision role, a purchasing-based role, and a material control/scheduling-based role. Additional area placements will be determined based on business need, opportunity, and individual interest will be in functions such as Project Management, Production Engineering, Inspection, Logistics, Subsidiary Sales, & Finance.

The placement periods will be based across our main manufacturing sites in Gloucestershire and South Wales. Upon successful completion of the scheme, Graduates will be equipped to take on a variety of operational positions within the Manufacturing Services Division.

Typically, this placement scheme will lend itself to Business Management/Studies or Engineering graduates, but candidates with a wide range of degree subjects will be considered as the personal attributes described, and a genuine interest in pursuing a career with a high-tech manufacturing organisation, are equally as important.

What you will need:

Positive, ‘can do’ and flexible attitude

Good communication skills

Practical and logical mind-set

Strong problem-solving skills

What you will gain:

Management experience

Commercial experience within the Manufacturing Division

Interaction across all areas of the business, including our subsidiary’s

Promotion within the Operational stream can lead to managerial positions.