Thursday, 23 November 2017

ABB Graduate Programmes 2017

Are you ready to move from the theoretical knowledge at university and apply it to make a real difference in a company? Do you want to explore ABB and your future in it? Then consider ABB’s Graduate Programmes, a unique entry opportunity to begin you career with ABB.

The programme is based in Modderfontein, Johannesburg.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact.

ABB South Africa understands that Young Talent is the future, hence we do our best to recruit, select, develop, place, and retain young talent by providing the best working and learning environment that allows us to write the future together. 

Working for ABB South Africa as an Engineering Graduate you will not only get hands-on experience in one of the leading Engineering, Technology and Innovation companies in the world, you will also get an opportunity to develop your skills beyond what you have learned in class. Join us and let’s write the future together!

All ABB Young Talent Programmes are based on the 70:20:10 Model of Learning and Development which is based on three types of learning: Hands-on (70%), Asking questions (20%), Classroom (10%). 

We also understand that the world of work has changed and will continue to change. To keep with the pace and progress within the organization, you will need more than just Hard Skills (Technical), hence, during your time at ABB South Africa, we will equip you with Soft Skills that will enable you to connect, create your identity and promote yourself in any working environment.

In addition to formally learning about our products through our online Learning Management System and our face-to-face classroom training (10%), you will spend most of your time working with our actual products and systems (70%), and also be exposed to industry experts and leaders who will be available to answer your questions and provide you with career guidance (20%).

For the 2018 Intake, we are looking for graduates in the following areas for which we have highly structured rotation metrics:
  • Electrical Engineering: In the first 6 months, you will learn the Testing of Switchgear on all EPMV areas. Primary, Secondary, Modular and Service area, Testing of Traction Transformers, Working with electrical and mechanical designs for switchgear and CAD drawings.
  • Mechanical Engineering: In the first 6 months, you will learn Basic design and draughting of motors, basic electrical and mechanical workings of the electric motor, and project coordination.
  • Control and Instrumentation: In the first 6 months, you will learn about our Control Systems, Field Instrumentation and Actuators, Design and Commissioning of DCS
  • Industrial Engineering: In the first 6 months, you will get learn our Factory Operations, Time Studies and Process Improvements.
  • P1&P2 Training. This programme is aligned with University Curriculum and Requirements for you to obtain your Diploma after completion. We also cover the costs of your First Aid and Safety training which are important for your university requirements.
  • Corporate/Marketing and Communication Function: You will work in a department that does all our corporate branding, communications, and events.
  • Supply Chain Management/Logistics: You will work in a department that handles our Transport, Trade, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • Human Resource Management: You will work in a department that does our Employee Life Cycle Management, Talent Management, Learning & Development, Compensation & Benefits, Payroll, and Industrial Relations.
  • Finance/Accounting: You will work in a department that does our business controlling and Accounts Payables.
  • Occupational Health & Safety: You will work in a department the does all our health and safety campaigns and ensuring that ABB is a safe working environment
For the remaining 18 months of your programme, you will be committed to projects which might include site work and travelling for sales, service and commissioning of our products in countries where we have operations.


You should have a BSc or B-tech or Diploma in any of the areas mentioned above. In addition to the hunger to learn, you should demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills, problem-solving, creativity, innovation complemented with solid interpersonal and leadership skills and high self-confidence – this would make you the ideal candidate.

How to apply
Engineering Student (P1&P2) Trainee Programme – Apply online
Engineering Graduate Programme- – Apply online
Graduate Trainee for support Functions – Apply online

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