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Our graduate scheme

Additional information: engineering disciplines on offer


Systems engineering involves the interdisciplinary application of many different engineering principles that enables the realisations of successful systems. This is achieved through the engineer incorporating an approach that takes into account all of the factors that can affect the system through its entire life cycle. A typical day is highly varied and can range from defining customer needs, system design and test through to deployment of completed systems.


Key responsibilities include analysing software requirements, modelling software components, delivering high quality working code, implementing test cases and producing documentation. This role provides exposure to all aspects of the software development lifecycle, whilst working alongside many experienced and highly-skilled engineers. The role allows a certain amount of creativity to deliver innovative solutions to some of the challenges which the business faces.


Working within multi-disciplined project teams, this role involves mechanical design during all phases of the development life-cycle — responsible for the integrity of the mechanical design solution including safety, the cost of design, ease of manufacture and systems integration of mechanical solutions; the role takes a holistic approach to mechanical engineering.


This role involves electrical and electronic design during all phases of the development life-cycle. The role works with both the analogue and digital elements of electronic systems of avionic and vehicle platforms to provide the services such as power, communications/networks, safety circuits, computing, control panels. These sub-systems need to be integrated into the platforms and you will be involved in testing to prove that these systems work and meet the customer requirements.

What do I need to join General Dynamics UK?

Engineering graduate scheme:

A minimum qualification of 2:1 Honours in a relevant engineering/ STEM subject is required for the General Dynamics UK Engineering graduate scheme.

Business operations graduate scheme:

A minimum qualification of 2:1 honours in a relevant subject is required for the General Dynamics UK graduate scheme. Preferred degrees are Business, Finance or Legal, but we will also accept applications from those with relevant work experience.

Essential skills:

  • Be self-motivated, act with professionalism and able to work within a team
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Be organised and able to prioritise your work
  • Be flexible in your approach to your work
  • Be able to perform tasks on your own initiative
  • Be enthusiastic and driven towards achieving your goals
  • Be interested in pursuing a career within General Dynamics UK
  • Be willing to apply yourself across different technical domains to support the business streams.


Previous work experience is desired either from short-term or long term placements.