Looking for a career in defence engineering?

Defence engineering focuses on the development and production of technology that is used to ensure national security and to maintain the stability of governments and nations throughout the world. Defence engineers are responsible for the design, construction and repair of military vehicles, systems and equipment.

Common roles include risk assessment engineer or safety case author. Modern engineering on this scale is a team activity, and you’ll work with a team of professional engineers. You could work in any of the following disciplines: software development, hardware/electronics, mechanical/electrical engineering, systems engineering, human factors/ergonomics, research & development, supportability & training, production/manufacturing, quality engineering, sales and marketing.

If you’re considering working in this sector you’ll need to possess excellent maths, science and IT skills, the ability to explain ideas and plans clearly, confident decision-making ability, project management skills and good teamworking skills.

Talented defence engineers are very much in demand, and large budgets and limitless resources mean that engineering teams get the chance to work on some of the most progressive technologies in the world. Problem-solving, research and presentation skills are required for this exciting role.

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AGI is based in Poole and was acquired by the Harris Watson group in 2001. The company manufactures a wide range of instruments and syste.

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Assystem UK

Assystem is a leading international group in the field of Engineering and Innovation Consultancy.

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Babcock International Group

Babcock is a leading international provider of airport solutions delivering the design and operation of baggage systems, airport IT systems and the management of operation critical fleets and ground support equipment (GSE).

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BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company employing around 88,200 people worldwide of which circa 34,800 are in the UK.

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Dstl - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory), is an integral part of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as its trusted adviser on science and technology.

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ETL Systems

ETL design and build high performance satellite communications and Radio Frequency (RF) equipment

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General Dynamics UK Ltd

General Dynamics UK specialises in military communications, battlespace management, mission systems and information management applications

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Marshall Aerospace

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest privately owned and independent aerospace and defence companies that delivers innovation and excellence in engineering and support solutions in the air, on land and at sea.

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MBDA are a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

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Penso has established itself as a proven innovator and manufacturing partner in the automotive composites industry.

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QinetiQ - Civil Aviation

We are experts in global aerospace, defence and security.

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Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world.

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Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force polices the skies, protecting the UK from threats at home while peacekeeping abroad. Our full and spare-time roles offer skills for life, and a chance to play a part in operations around the world - from providing humanitarian aid to preventing a civil war.

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Royal Navy

We are first and foremost a fighting force, serving alongside our allies in conflicts around the world.

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