Graduate Engineer Programme

Management Trainee

The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Graduate Engineer Programme is a Scheme "A" training programme accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). The programme helps graduate engineers acquire the qualifications to become professional engineers, and provides them with excellent all-round exposure to various airport engineering systems/projects through on-the-job training and attachment.

The programme aims to develop a pool of home-grown professional engineers with the specific skills and experience necessary to implement and operate the Airport Authority’s (AA) sophisticated, mission-critical systems, and meet HKIA's future development needs.

Training Curriculum

During the programme*, graduate engineers undergo intensive classroom, e-learning and on-the-job training, and take on job assignments in a variety of technical functions, which may include secondment to external consultants.

Graduate engineers are guided under the supervision of an engineering supervisor and a training tutor throughout the programme, which equips them with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required under HKIE Scheme "A", allowing them to assume technical and management responsibilities at HKIA.

General Training ActivitiesBuilding Services / Electrical / Electronic / Mechanical Engineering Streams (2-year programme)Civil Engineering Stream (3-year programme)
Corporate Induction 1 week 1 week
Departmental Induction / General Professional Fundamentals 6 weeks 9 weeks
Design Practices / Project Programming / Procurement 51 weeks 62 weeks
Tender Preparation and Evaluation / Contract Administration 22 weeks 24 weeks
Specific Project Attachment / Other Skills 24 weeks 60 weeks

* The two-year programme is applicable to graduates entering the Building Services, Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering streams. The programme for Civil Engineering graduates lasts three years.

The Person

We welcome university graduates with the following attributes and competencies to apply:

  • A major in Building Services / Civil / Electrical / Electronic / Mechanical Engineering
  • Strong analytical, planning and problem-solving skills with good business acumen
  • Team players with good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and Chinese. Knowledge of Putonghua is preferred.
Career Progression

Career Progression

Graduate engineers receive professional training in a range of disciplines to develop their long-term careers at HKIA, following a progressive career plan designed to ensure their ongoing personal and professional growth.


Bella Wong (Assistant Engineer – Systems)

Bella Wong (Assistant Engineer, Systems)

“Working for the Third Runway Project is an exceptional experience”

After I joined the AA, I became a member of the Third Runway Division.

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Working at the airport and the massive third runway project is an exceptional experience. There have been many exciting challenges as well as opportunities for growth during my involvement in various design and construction projects.

I undertook a half-year secondment at a consultancy firm. I also got to step out of my comfort zone to work on many airport specific systems and cross-disciplinary tasks. In addition, the chances to work alongside the international experts has been valuable. All these opportunities have broadened my horizons and helped me improve in many different ways, such as enhancing my technical knowledge and communication skills.  There is also a great sense of satisfaction in contributing to the awe-inspiring airport infrastructure and writing the airport’s next chapter with the team. The airport is not only a gateway to travel destinations, but also an important part of my career development.

Eugene Leung (Assistant Engineer – Electrical & Mechanical)

Eugene Leung (Assistant Engineer, Electrical & Mechanical)

“Take on new challenges and fly high”

I enjoy taking on new challenges, and the AA’s Graduate Engineer Programme is exactly what I look for.

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The well-structured Programme offers me a chance to rotate among different areas, gain experience and develop various skills to be a professional engineer.

I am now working with the baggage handling system (BHS) project team to deliver a high-speed automated arrival BHS for a better passenger experience. I am lucky to be involved in this large-scale project, where I manage the entire process from sketches to commissioning, through collaboration with multinational companies and experts. To cope with site constraints, I applied my learnings and devised a compact, cost-effective power transmission scheme. Being able to contribute to a world-class airport servicing millions of passengers every month is truly rewarding. This is only one of the many things I have learnt at the AA and there are still so much that I can learn further. Applying for the Graduate Engineer Programme is one of the best choices I have made in my life.

May Chan (Graduate Engineer)

May Chan (Graduate Engineer)

“Honoured to witness the historic expansion of our airport”

I was assigned to the Third Runway Division when I joined the AA.

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I was grateful for the valuable opportunity given to me to play a part in the most remarkable deep cement mixing (DCM) project, the first DCM application for land reclamation in Hong Kong. The AA, as the pioneer of this technology, has helped launch a new era for environmentally friendly non-dredging land reclamation. It has also allowed me to gain exposure to all-round training, including areas that have technical, as well as marine and environmental aspects. Thanks to the strong support from the AA’s experienced engineers and international professionals, I received valuable knowledge and skills and was able to take every challenge as a valuable learning opportunity to enhance my professional growth.



Our next recruitment exercise for the Graduate Engineer Programme is planned to commence in the fourth quarter of 2020.