Mechanical Engineer student placement (12 months)

We're looking for the best mechanical engineering students to join us - one of the world’s leading product design and development consultancies for a 12 month placement starting in the summer 2024 at our offices in Warwick.

We operate in tight-knit, highly efficient multi-functional project teams to develop and deliver innovative products ranging from personal drug delivery and diagnostic devices through beauty care and air fragrance devices to electric hyper scooters and flight simulators.

We'll help you to get up to speed with our design tools and our approach to project work so that you can quickly contribute to client projects. As part of our world-class mechanical engineering team, you will work closely with designers, electronics, software engineers, and other skill teams in a flexible work environment. Tackling the visual, ergonomic, and functional aspects of projects in parallel, helping us deliver smart solutions that connect our clients to the future and improve people’s lives.

You'll need to be enthusiastic, motivated, self-reliant, and able to manage your time, but help and support will be available as required. We assign a mentor to each student to help you settle in, to agree on objectives, and support your development goals during your time with us.

A placement here will complement your studies and give you the advantage that comes with hands-on experience on real commercial projects, making you a more rounded and employable engineer. We regularly sponsor the best of our placement students and many have joined DCA on graduation.

There's a vibrant atmosphere at DCA in which you'll quickly be made to feel part of the team. There are lots of company events and informal social activities going on, so you will certainly have some fun during your time with us in and out of the office!

  • A proactive, enthusiastic, and self-motivated attitude, with the ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in the English language.
  • A projected 1st or Upper 2nd degree (or equivalent qualification) is essential, from a university with a strong engineering reputation.
  • A strong set of technical A-level results (preferably Maths and Physics) (A* & A’s).
  • Strong mechanical and structural engineering capabilities.
  • Evidence of design project work (as part of your course, previous work placement, or personal hobbies).
  • Proven interest in design and product development engineering.

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


We are accepting applications now. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to [email protected], clearly indicating that you are applying for a mechanical engineering student placement, with an indication of your preferred placement dates.

Please note we shall be reviewing applications upon receipt until the 28th of March 2024.

DCA reserves the right to close this process early if we receive a substantial number of applications.