Problem solvers. Innovative thinkers. Career returners and switchers. It takes all kinds of people to drive our engineering programmes forward. So no matter who you are or how you think, we’ll support you to be the best you can be – achieving your ambitions and reaching your full potential.
Welcome to Engineering
Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces.
With around 3,400 staff, Engineering is the largest function within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, and engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.
Vital skills for vital work
We’re always on the look out for world-class engineers, mathematicians, scientists, quality and safety professionals and a range of supporting specialists to deliver the most advanced defence equipment in the world.
Our Engineering function enables the delivery of safe and secure equipment and support by providing specialised expertise in: electrical and electronics; environmental; product safety; quality; sensors; software, security and cyber; and systems engineering.
We offer the opportunity to work on a huge range of technical projects, from entry level apprentice and graduate positions, to some of the most challenging projects available anywhere.
Learn, grow, progress
We’re here to help you be the best you can be – whether that’s through funding for engineering qualifications and professional memberships, on-the-job learning, coaching and mentoring, or the support of a Development Officer who’s there to help you navigate your career journey. Here you’ll find a great opportunity to kick-start your career – or take it to the next level!
For each of the functions in DE&S there is a technical competence framework. The framework describes specific professional skills or knowledge standards that are required within the function. Click here to open the technical competence framework for the Engineering function (as a PDF). You’ll be assessed on two technical competences at interview, which will be stated in the job advert – so it’s well worth having a read before you apply!
STEM returners: Relaunch your engineering career with us
At DE&S, we know it takes a breadth of experience to enrich our culture and drive innovation. And we understand the challenges engineers can face when returning to work after a career break. That’s why we encourage engineering returners to relaunch their careers with us – with no need to explain any breaks in your CV, and mentors and support to help you bridge any knowledge gaps. When you join our diverse team, we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.
We’re proud to run a STEM Returners Programme to support your return to work – and recommend exploring our current vacancies too.
Seen a great role but not sure if you’re ready? Get in touch with the recruiter on the job advert and they’ll be happy to discuss your application with you.
For many service leavers, DE&S is a natural fit, and we’ve been supporting veterans into rewarding roles for decades. Discover secure and meaningful civilian employment as part of our team – all while helping to support those still serving. Discover more about our career options for military leavers.
Spotlight on: A rewarding career in safety and environmental protection
Join us one of our safety and environmental protection teams and influence safety and environmental decisions across the full life-cycle, from the design and build of equipment, to the through-life support and safe decommissioning of the equipment used on the front line. Find out more about a career in safety and environmental protection.