Graduate Opportunity

DE&S/SDA Engineering Graduate Scheme

Ministry of Defence

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Join an integral part of the UK's defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces’ equipment, fighter jets, submarines, armoured vehicles and aircraft carriers, clothing, food and ammunition.

If you’ve got the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country's armed forces, and help to deliver on operations at home and abroad, apply online now.

Defence Equipment & Support: The Force Behind The Armed Forces

We are the force behind the armed forces - from boots on feet and packs on backs, to helicopters on aircraft carriers and tracks on tanks.

Job description

DE&S and SDA are looking for talented, motivated and skilled university graduates to join our Engineering Graduate Scheme and become our engineers and scientists of the future.

Successful applicants undertake various work-based placements within DE&S and industry to support personal development, scheme completion and initial professional development for Chartership or Incorporated status. This includes a placement opportunity where you’ll get ‘hands on’ with the equipment while working directly with the armed forces at a military establishment.

Once you’ve completed the Scheme you’ll be deployed into an equipment delivery team to continue your career and personal development within an application environment such as Air Systems & Platforms, Land Systems & Platforms, Maritime Systems & Platforms, Mission & Combat Systems, Nuclear or Weapons Systems. You’ll also continue to be supported towards gaining professional registration.

The location for most of our graduates is Bristol and while you’re on the scheme you’ll undertake placements in a variety of locations across the UK and potentially overseas.


Providing support to engineering staff across the business assisting with engineering activities, while continually developing yourself.
You’ll be involved in the following:

  • Participating in a structured programme to develop capabilities in a defence context.
  • Participating in the graduate discussion group to develop Project Management competency and Team-working.
  • Opportunities to develop outside of the training programme by supporting events led by the Technical Discipline Leads, Engineering Function or Other Government Departments.
  • Delivering engineering products/services against agreed objectives to develop knowledge and experience and add value to the team and wider business.
  • Building awareness and understanding of how the Engineering Function and wider business operates to assist in own development and career progression.
  • Identifying opportunities to develop knowledge and experience to support Chartered or Incorporated Engineer Scientist evidence collation.
  • Supporting colleagues in their specialist area and actively contributing to team meetings to help with the work of the team.
  • Building and maintaining a network of internal business contacts and peers to gain knowledge and identify opportunities to learn and develop.

We have a range of exciting opportunities available within different Engineering disciplines, including;

  • Sensors and Electronic Systems;
  • Software and Cyber Engineering;
  • Naval Architecture;
  • Electrical Power and Distribution;
  • Systems Engineering and Integration;
  • Nuclear Engineering or Science;
  • Weapons Engineering;
  • Mechanical Engineering;
  • Aero & Space Engineering;
  • Acquisition Safety and Environmental Protection;
  • Quality Assurance;
  • Science (Chemistry or Physics degrees).

Please check the accreditation status of your degree and ensure that you include this in your CV or your application won’t be considered.

We are aware that many Nuclear degrees are not yet accredited and will therefore consider degrees in the Nuclear field that are not accredited.

Note - Some roles and all nuclear positions require SOLE UK National status and may require candidates to go through Developed Vetting clearance due to the nature of the project.

What you will be assessed against

Your CV must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Candidates must already have a or will achieve an Engineering or Science Honours Degree minimum 2:2. All degrees must be accredited by a Professional Institution licensed by the Engineering or Science Council by August 2021.

It is also beneficial to your application if you can demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

  • Honours degree minimum 2:2 within the following;
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering;
  • Mechatronics, Robotics;
  • Electronics and Communications;
  • Software and Cyber Engineering;
  • Computer Engineering;
  • Naval Architecture;
  • Mechanical Engineering;
  • Aerospace Engineering;
  • Nuclear Engineering or Science;
  • Chemistry or Chemical Engineering and Physics.
  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating engineering skills, including through internships or placements.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing.
  • Working Together.

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical requirements, evaluation and acceptance.


Alongside training and development, you’ll receive the following great benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements so that your work fits in with your lifestyle.
  • 25 days' holiday a year, increasing one day a year to 30 days after five years.
  • A competitive remuneration package and access to two Civil Service Pension options.
  • Use of our on-site gym, restaurants and cafes.
  • A huge variety of high street discounts and savings.

Things you need to know


  • Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
  • Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
  • People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Ability.

Stage 1: Initial application.

Stage 2: Civil Service Verbal, Civil Service Numerical and Civil Service Judgement online tests.

Please allow sufficient time to complete the tests and the remainder of the application form.

If you pass all of the tests you will then complete a full application and upload your CV, which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against in a CV sift):

  • Key Achievements.
  • Relevant Experience.
  • Applied Knowledge and Skills.

Stage 3: The top scoring candidates from the sift will be invited to a formal interview to discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you'll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page. You'll also be asked to prepare a short presentation to be given at interview.

There will be no reimbursement for any travel expenses (where incurred) for the interview.

Following completion of all pre-employment checks candidates can expect to start employment in August/September 2021.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

  • Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


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Opportunity Overview

  • February 1st, 2021
  • £27,542 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerospace
  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Cyber Security
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Naval Architecture
  • Nuclear
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Software
  • Telecommunications

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