Defence Engineer – Job Description

A defence engineer doesn’t have to join the armed forces, although working for a defence contractor is likely to mean signing a few confidentiality clauses as you’ll be working on the design and construction of military equipment and vehicles.

Modern military equipment is as much about software as hardware, so defence engineers often work on software development and systems engineering as well as in the more traditional engineering realms of production, R&D, electronic and mechanical hardware and the ergonomics behind a particular piece of military kit.

Standard academic qualifications are needed for defence engineer work – a relevant degree, BTEC HNC/HND or Masters degree.

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Defence Engineering and Science Group
A government education resource for those interested in defense engineering and science, offering graduate training and university sponsorships.

Royal United Services Institute
An independent think tank aimed at furthering defense and security research, they offer access to a wide range of information and hold a number of education events.

Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
The primary organisation involved in postgraduate training of those entering the defense industry. They offer training in technology and are linked with a number of research institutions in the UK.

An organisation promoting engineering in the UK that also works in partnership with a number of institutions to provide pathways into the profession.

Royal Academy of Engineering
The national academy for engineering, offering training and information about the industry.

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