Graduate Jobs with DCA Design International
DCA is a leading product design consultancy which offers a range of Graduate Jobs at their offices in Warwick.
Originally founded in 1960, DCA operates 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 DCA before, you’ve probably used a product that was designed by the company – for example, the iconic Stanley knife, or the Eurotunnel Shuttle carriages.
The company operates a multi-disciplinary philosophy, and there are no “departments” within DCA – all the studios, laboratories and workshops work side-by-side across all the different disciplines, such as:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Design Research & Planning
- Human Factors & Usability
- Industrial Design
- Electronic Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Interaction Design
DCA is an independently owned, full service, product design and development company of over 130 people operating globally from the company’s headquarters in Warwick, UK.
The company works across several different sectors, including Transport, Consumer, Commercial & Industrial, and Medical & Scientific.
Roles Available with DCA Design International
There are a number of Graduate Jobs and Student Placements available with DCA Design International, including:
- Graduate Mechanical Engineer: operating in multi-functional project teams, DCA mechanical engineers need to work closely with designers, electronics and software engineers and other skill teams to integrate the visual and functional aspects of a product.
- Software Student Placement: Lasting between six and twelve months, this is an ideal role for an undergraduate student specialising in embedded systems software engineering, who will benefit from gaining valuable experience in all aspects of the software development life cycle. The candidate will be required to participate and contribute towards software feasibility studies, design, coding, debugging and testing.
- Electronics Student Placement: Lasting between six and twelve months, 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. Working 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.
- Mechanical Engineering Placement: Lasting between six and twelve months, operating in multi-functional project teams, DCA mechanical engineers need to work closely with designers, electronics and software engineers and other skill teams to integrate the visual and functional aspects of a product.
Education Requirements for DCA Design International
Graduate Mechanical Engineer
You will need a 1st or Upper 2nd degree in mechanical engineering from a university with a strong engineering reputation, or an equivalent broad based technical qualification.
You should be able to combine this academic excellence with a natural engineering intuition and a genuine interest in product development. Direct experience in a product design and development environment is not essential, but relevant work experience and university design projects would be beneficial.
These are available throughout the year to high performing students who have completed at least two years of their degree course. Placements range from a minimum of eight weeks up to twelve months and will give you a real flavour of what it is like to work at DCA.
Software Student Placement: please refer to the DCA website for further details of the qualifications required.
Electronics Student Placement: please refer to the DCA website for further details of the qualifications required.
Mechanical Engineering Placement: You should be projected to achieve a 1st or Upper 2nd degree from a well-established university with a strong engineering reputation, as well as have a strong set of technical A level results (A* & A’s). You should also be able to demonstrate strong mechanical and structural engineering capabilities, evidence of design project work (as part of your course or in a previous work placement), and have a proven interest in product design.
When can I apply for a Graduate Job at DCA Design International
DSA Design International attends various Careers Fairs and Events during October and November.
Check the DSA website for the latest information about current Graduate Job and Student Placement vacancies.