Electronics student placement

We are looking for exceptional electronics placement student to join our successful, dynamic technical team.


Founded in 1960, DCA is one of the world’s leading product design and development consultancies, operating in many diverse markets and with services ranging from design research and strategy to industrial design, mechanical engineering, electronic hardware and software engineering. While you may not have heard of us before, you've probably used a product that was designed here.


We're looking for the best electronics students to come to our offices in Warwick (UK) for industrial placements lasting between six and twelve months. You'll be contributing to our projects from the start, working as part of the DCA team in areas such as requirements definition, feasibility studies and testing, hardware design, prototyping and debugging or system integration with other disciplines. We work on board‑level design of systems including analogue and digital electronics, with the additional challenges that come from multidisciplinary electromechanical projects, tight space envelopes, low-power design or tightly regulated fields such as medical device development. We'd expect to involve you in a number of projects during your time here.

We'll help you to get up to speed with our CAD tools and our approach to project work while giving you appropriate responsibility for work that needs doing. You'll need to be enthusiastic, motivated, self-reliant and able to manage your time, but help and support will be available when required - we assign a mentor to students when they arrive to help settle in.

A placement here will complement your studies and give you the advantage that comes with hands-on experience when looking for a job after university. Because our projects are so varied and we only employ the best engineers, you'll get a great range of exposure to different aspects of hardware design and you'll learn a lot along the way. There's a vibrant atmosphere at DCA in which you'll quickly be made to feel part of the team and our placement students manage to have some fun as well as meeting the challenges of the job.


We offer competitive rates of pay. You will be entitled to 22 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays, adjusted on a pro rata basis for placements of less than 12 months.


  • A proactive, enthusiastic and self-motivated attitude, with the ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • A sound understanding of analogue and digital electronic design principles and building blocks.
  • A basic knowledge of microcontrollers and microcontroller-based systems.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in the English language.
  • Basic soldering and practical electronics prototyping skills.


  • Some understanding of software in embedded C.
  • Experience of circuit schematic capture or PCB layout using CAD tools.


To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to placements@dca-design.com clearly indicating that you are applying for an electronics student placement, with an indication of your preferred placement dates. We will review applications and invite candidates for interview in early December 2016.