Are you the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding engineering undergraduate of the year. You must be creative, embrace change and have strong commercial awareness.


A lucrative work placement! E.ON will give its winner the choice of either a 48-week or 10-week placement AND will fly you out to mainland Europe to spend five days at one of its assets. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll get to meet and pick the brain of one of E.ON’s engineering directors.

What makes an award winner?

Think you’ve got what it takes to be E.ON’s engineering undergraduate of the year? If you consider yourself to be an innovator who isn’t afraid to think outside of the box, you could be right.

We’re looking for budding engineers who tick the following boxes:

  • keen interest in, and understanding of, the energy industry
  • sound technical knowledge
  • a creative and innovative mind
  • a change initiator
  • able to build strong, effective relationships
  • strong commercial awareness and customer focus.

The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to support the following areas:

  • E.ON Energy Efficiency Solutions
  • Business, Heat & Power Solutions (BHPS)
  • Community Energy
  • Infrastructure Services
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Solution Delivery Group
  • Engineering Governance.

The closing date for entries is 30 January 2017.

How do I win?

Stage 1A


Register your details online and answer questions set by E.ON.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Stage 1B

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit three online tests designed exclusively by our partner CEB.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Submit by

30 January 2017

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 30 January 2017.

If you are successful you will hear from us by 28 February 2017.

Stage 2

Assessment centre

If you successfully make it to the next stage you will be invited by E.ON to attend an assessment centre.

Stage 3

Grand final

The final shortlist of 10 students will be invited to the awards ceremony at Canary Wharf, where the 2017 award winners will be announced!


E.ON and the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year

Undergraduates are the vital first link in our early talent strategy. We want undergraduates to come into our business, and get real experience from day one. We want them to be involved in projects that give them experience and give us commercial advantage. And hopefully, with the support at hand and the inclusive culture at E.ON, they will return to us as a graduate to start building their professional careers with us.

Engineering is core to our future success. Without new talented engineers joining the organisation and providing fresh and creative ideas, we’d lose our way. We need the bright sparks and creative thinkers that can challenge how things are done around here. Take Will, our first winner of Undergraduate of the Year, as an example. He joined us for a year after winning the award and went on to present an idea that no one else in our business had – and it saved E.ON close to £1 million. It’s no wonder this sponsorship is vital in supporting future budding engineers to change the future of energy.

Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at:

Previous winner

Axel Forssberg, Materials Science, University of Oxford St Anne's College

Axel Forssberg is a materials science (MEng) student at the University of Oxford. He has acted as treasurer for the Oxford Materials Society since 2014 and in 2015 he won the Oxford Materials Department’s engineering team design competition. Before university, Axel served in the Royal Guard of the Swedish Armed Forces and spent five months volunteering and working for various charities.


Before you start your application

Before you begin please make sure you have read the criteria carefully on, checking the ‘Entry criteria’ and ‘How do I win?’ tabs for criteria details and information on the process.

Browser suitability

To enable you to take the tests you will need to make sure that:

  • Flash Player needs to be up to date, and the tests can be accessed on the following browsers:
    • Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
    • Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    • Safari – Version 4.0 and higher (Mac only)
    • Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
  • iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.

Hints and tips

Give yourself enough time:

  • As part of the process you will be asked to answer some questions set by the awards partner. Take your time with these as they will be used as part of the longlisting process. Compose them in Microsoft Word (or a similar programme), spell check and word count your answer before submitting into your application form.
  • You don’t have to complete everything in one go. Just remember to save everything as you go!
  • The tests themselves (up to 4 depending on the Awards category) should take no more than two hours to complete.
  • ALL stages must be submitted by 30 January 2017.
  • If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email