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Past Downer Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Downer, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Downer hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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  • Cadetships (50%),

  • Graduate Jobs (50%),


  • Business and Commerce (50%),

  • Engineering (50%),

  • Engineering Civil Structural (100%),


  • Adelaide (50%),

  • Brisbane (50%),

  • Darwin (50%),

  • Forbes (50%),

  • Hobart (50%),

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  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (100%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (100%),

Past Downer Graduate Programs & Cadetships

Check out some of Downer's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


Closed 8 months ago

Downer is now seeking applications to join our Road Services Student Cadet Program. We offer 1st year university students a range of opportunities in Engineering, Commercial & Finance disciplines.




Sydney and 6 other locations


Closed 8 months ago

An early career opportunity has become available within Downer's Spray Seal business for a Graduate Engineer wanting to develop their career within an ASX listed company.


Graduate Jobs



About Us


At Downer, our customers are at the heart of everything we do.

Our Purpose is to create and sustain the modern environment by building trusted relationships with our customers.

Our Promise is to work closely with our customers to help them succeed, using world-leading insights and solutions.

Voted as one of LinkedIn’s top 12 companies, Downer designs, builds and sustains assets, infrastructure and facilities and we are the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.

With a history dating back over 150 years, Downer is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and New Zealand Stock Exchange as Downer EDI Limited (DOW). We are an ASX 100 company that also owns 88 per cent of Spotless Group Holdings Limited (SPO).

Downer Group employs approximately 56,000 people across more than 300 sites, primarily in Australia and New Zealand but also in the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Southern Africa.

Our Graduate Program


Downer is listed as a top graduate employer by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE).

Our program is delivered over two-years and provides exposure to various areas of the business through an engaging and immersive induction, structured rotations, core development training workshops and conferences, networking opportunities and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Commencing a graduate career with Downer will ensure that you acquire the experience needed to succeed in your chosen industry. As a Downer graduate, you will be supported to Be Your BEST.

Current Graduates


Title: Business Graduate

Degree and University: Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts from the University of New England

My Journey at Downer:

What I really enjoy about Downer (and as generic as this may sound) is the endlessness of opportunity. Working in a contract environment, the work we do constantly changes and evolves – and this means that new opportunities are opening up all the time – even for a graduate!

At the moment I am preparing the scene for the new Sydney Growth Trains to enter into service – a project which didn’t even exist when I started with Downer!

I am gaining project management skills through my interactions with workshop technicians and supply warehouses. I am always out in the field and on site wearing full protective equipment (e.g. high visibility vest, steel cap boots) – this is definitely not what I expected when I studied a Business Degree.

Prior to this I worked in the innovation team where we regularly interacted with universities, partnering for industry projects; being admin to the internal Innovation Hub and changing processes around reporting by upgrading data systems to the cloud and utilising Robots!

I was lucky enough to start as an intern in the national quality and audit office, travelling to interact with various commercial customers and solving their issues. Having a business degree did not mean that I was confined to a particular department. I was encouraged to gain exposure across all levels of the business ranging from workshop level right up to head office.

Advice for Graduates: Do your research! If you’re willing to get out from behind your desk, put on your steel-cap boots and hardhat then this is the graduate program for you. Know Downer’s Four Pillars – we live and breathe these everyday (especially safety!). Be prepared to interact and develop relationships with all areas of the business, not just within your realm of speciality.

Title: Rail Graduate

Degree and University: Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical & Biomolecular)/Bachelor of Arts from The University of Sydney

My Journey at Downer:

My first rotation in the Downer Graduate Program was based in Rail maintenance at the Service Delivery Centre in Cardiff. During this time, I experienced a good mixture of theoretical and practical work. I worked with Production and Engineering teams on the Waratah Bogie Overhaul project. This involved understanding the project from a process flow perspective by working with the technicians in the workshop and doing desktop analysis to determine potential process improvements and cost savings.

In my current rotation, I am working in the Innovation Team to develop a data analytics platform that provides a centralised source of asset condition information enabling the user to make informed maintenance decisions. My role is to liaise with the engineers at the depot to determine the requirements for the build of the platform, relay that information to the software developers, and to create communication material for the project.

Advice for graduates:

The Downer Graduate Program is unique in that it is quite flexible and centred around the each individual’s development. Graduates are able to determine their own learning outcomes to drive their career goals whilst being provided with training and support. It delivers on the promise of providing learning and development opportunities as the intent is to invest in the future leaders of the business.

The Program offers plenty of opportunity to see different parts of the business and do meaningful work that contributes to bigger projects. I think someone who is able to pick up concepts quickly and takes initiative to get involved and hands-on to learn new things would find the experience provided in this program valuable.

Title: Finance Analyst / Finance Graduate

Degree and University: Bachelor in Marketing and Management and Master in Business Law and Professional Accounting from Monash University

My Journey at Downer:

Joining Downer is a great career starter and I find myself gathering incredibly useful experience at a fast pace. The program, I find, is perfect for both fresh out of university graduates and experienced professionals hoping for a career change or advancement.

Personally, the program has helped me broaden my experience from a purely accounting emphasis to a more strategic focus, as well as building on my finance background. Not only have my technical skills considerably improved over a short period of time, but the whole journey has been accompanied with constant support and training, nurturing my soft and business skills along the way. Although at times challenging, I believe the program provides the right environment for holistic growth for young professionals hoping to build a strong foundation.

Being a large organisation, Downer offers a diverse landscape of potential opportunities. What this means for new starters is that – a strong and healthy support network will lead to endless prospects for building your career. As a Finance Graduate, I have not only been dealing with numbers and reports but have spent a considerable amount of time on strategic process improvements, and will soon i will be exposed to legal experience. For you too, the journey can be as broad or specialised as you plan it to be.

I am confident that the networks, tools and skills I have gathered on the way will continue to be valuable throughout the rest of my career and I strongly recommend the program.

Advice for graduates:

My advice to you would be to invest time in building a support network from the start, to help and guide you through challenges and keep you in the loop of the latest opportunities.

Title: Rail graduate

Degree and University: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and Civil Engineering Associate Degree, from Royal Melbourne Institution of Technology (RMIT)

My Journey at Downer:

I am currently part of the major bids team working on the Regional Rail Project. My primary responsibilities include supporting the train maintenance team and assisting other key teams in delivering their pieces of the bid. I am also involved in depot operations planning, where I work closely with subject matter experts to provide solutions for specialist equipment and depot design requirements.

I previously completed an 8 month rotation at the Auburn Maintenance Centre with the Rail Engineering team, during this placement I took on the role of a mechanical engineer and provided services to maintain and modify the Waratah and Millennium passenger fleets. Major projects included the Waratah Bogie Overhaul conducted in the Cardiff Maintenance Facility.

Advice for graduates:

The Downer Graduate Program is an active learning experience designed for the proactive. Through four flexible 6 month rotations you will have opportunities to expose yourself to incredible role diversity and several industries. Throughout the program, the development of your technical capabilities and soft skills will be accelerated through regular interaction with industry leaders across Downer’s businesses.

To get the most out of this program, be prepared to accept challenges and be versatile!

Title: Finance Graduate

Degree and University: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Monash University

My Journey at Downer:

Being part of the Downer Graduate program has been an incredible experience. I started the Program in Melbourne with the Infrastructure Services division of Downer, working in a financial analyst role. My role involved making sense of large financial data and utilising this information to facilitate important business decisions. It was fair to say, Excel and caffeine became my best friend. For my second secondment I was posted to Darwin on Inpex’s 35 billion dollar LNG Ichthys Project. Here I worked with the commercial team, assisting in various areas including contracts, procurement and cost administration. The job involved flying in and out on a FIFO (fly in fly out) 3 to 1 week schedule requiring us to work on average 11 hours a day, 6 days a week. Working FIFO and on site was definitely surreal. We were required to always wear full personal protective clothing, from safety glasses to steel cap shoes. Safety was paramount. Although the hours were tough, it was always rewarding to contribute to the construction of an LNG power station and see the amounts of airline points I was racking up from my time flying in and out. Currently, I am completing my third rotation in Brisbane with the mining division in a commercial analyst role.

Advice for graduates:

As part of the graduate program, having to move from place to place can take its toll. Being away from friends and family in a foreign place can always be daunting, even if you are a person who enjoys travelling. It is important to take your hobbies and recreational activities outside of work with you, wherever you go. Making friends quickly always makes the transition easier.

In addition, don’t be afraid if you feel like you don’t have the necessary competencies to apply for the graduate program. The most important thing is your willingness to try. The people at Downer are extremely supportive and very understanding towards your graduate development.

Future Graduates


We are looking for future leaders to join Downer and help create success for our customers. We offer a range of graduate opportunities in finance, engineering, Zero Harm, IT, Human Resources and Communications streams.

To be considered for this opportunity, you must:

  • be a recent graduate (within the past three years), or a penultimate year student graduating in early 2020;
  • have a relevant university degree;
  • be mobile (able to work and live in any state of Australia);
  • and be achievement oriented and outcomes focused.

Inclusion at Downer


Downer values diversity in the workplace and recognises that all employees are equal.

We are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate by creating enduring relationships that deliver lasting benefits. We do this by recruiting locally, partnering with local suppliers and investing in important community initiatives by providing both financial and in-kind support.

The nature of our operations finds us working across the urban, rural and remote communities of Australia and our Reconciliation Action Plan brings structure to our commitment to furthering the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities. Downer acknowledges the special place that Māori hold as Tangata Whenua (people of the land) in New Zealand and we are committed to creating an environment that promotes opportunities for Māori.


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