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Engineering

Designing power supplies, air ventilation systems, and safe gas and water supplies for secure government buildings. Drawing up floor plans and security systems. Even making embassies and high commissions resistant to earthquakes. It’s all in a day’s work for our Engineering team.

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Key roles in this area:

  • Civil and Structural Engineers
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Specialists

Hear from one of the team

I’ve been given plenty of opportunities to go on courses to develop my skills, whether it’s gaining the Construction HNC or the NEBOSH Health and Safety diploma. There’s a real commitment to learning here.

Engineering colleague

When in the UK, you could be based either at Hanslope Park or our King Charles Street office in London.

Travel can be varied and demanding: you might fly out to Santiago, Chile, and return home via another project in Bogota, Colombia.

Case study

Our Engineers recently worked to strength the walls and foundations of the British Embassy in Belgrade, supporting it against earthquakes – and protecting a neighbouring kindergarten too.

Learning and development

Alongside the training of the wider FCDO Services team, there are some specific options in place to help our Engineering team excel:

  • If you aren’t a chartered engineer yet and your role requires it, you’ll receive a mentor to help you through the process
  • If you’re already chartered, you’ll attend conferences and training to keep your knowledge up to date, with support to maintain chartered status

Find out about overall training and benefits on Life at FCDO Services

 

Did you know?

As part of the Global Seismic Programme, we’re working on 107 government buildings, to check that they’re secure against earthquakes.
From embassies to high commissions, we’ll check compliance and offer seismic guidance, retrofitting at-risk properties.

Working overseas

Most of the Engineering team will travel regularly to government sites worldwide, to assess sites and work out the best plan of action. That means regular travel is a key part of the job. Here’s how it all works:

The vast majority of roles in this team will spend regular time overseas, visiting the buildings and sites they’re designing for. The exception to that is the CAD Specialists. The nature of the job means you won’t need to travel at all, and will be based solely in the UK.

You could be travelling overseas for up to 22 weeks of the year, and you’ll be working in the UK the rest of the time. As a general rule, we try to make sure that your time spent overseas is as efficient as possible, grouping projects together where we can.

When you’re not travelling abroad, you could be based in either Hanslope Park in Milton Keynes, or King Charles Street in London. To find out more about both, see Life at FCDO Services.

We work in 168 countries, and you could well be travelling to any one of them. Your safety is our most important concern though: we’ll never send you anywhere you aren’t comfortable with.

We’ll organise both your travel and your accommodation while you’re overseas, and support you financially.

As much as possible, we’ll aim to spread out your trips so that you get breaks from overseas travel. It means you can balance your home life with your travel abroad, and it also gives you time to properly prepare for each project you take on.

As a general rule, it’s not practical for families to travel with this team, since you’ll be overseas for regular short bursts. In the unlikely event that you do have a longer posting overseas – if you’ll be stationed abroad for two years, say – then we can support your family to move overseas with you, if the role allows for that. This will be well-advertised upfront though, and we won’t ask you to take on a long-term posting if you aren’t happy to.

You’ll be able to stay in touch with your team throughout your time abroad, through our FCDO Services intranet, as well as having a manager who’ll check in on your progress. Plus, if you need someone’s advice on a project, there are always experts on call, no matter the time difference. You’ll also be able to take advantage of our overseas network activity: we offer all sorts of support to our colleagues both at home and abroad, whether it’s wellbeing events like yoga sessions, or chances to socialise with the teams stationed in your location.

Supporting women in Engineering

Engineering is for everyone and we support people of all gender identities in the profession. But don’t just take it from us: listen to our podcast with just some of the women who work in Engineering at FCDO Services.

Often, our Engineers will see another side to the cities they visit: for instance, to design radio systems, you have to explore the area and find its high points.

Our Engineers can later apply to become Technical Works Officers, posted permanently overseas. Find out more. 

Welcome to the virtual embassy

Ready to see the work you might do with Engineering? Just enter the embassy and select ‘Designing and engineering the embassy building’ to get started. 

What do I need to thrive here?

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1. Commercial acumen

We’re a trading fund, so you’ll help make each project you work financially successful.

2. Eagerness to travel

You’ll be keen to go anywhere you’re needed around the world.

3. Self-reliance

You’re confident in your own skills and experience, even in isolated locations.

4. Responsibility

Within small teams, you’ve got the confidence to shoulder some big challenges.

Apprenticeships

Interested in a career in Engineering, but don’t have any experience? Your world just got bigger, with our Technical Engineering Apprenticeship – where you could learn the skills to become one of our radio, CCTV and access control systems designers. Whatever your age, whatever your background, our in-house training and paid qualifications could be just what you need.

Latest roles

Want to join FCDO Services but can’t see a live role to suit you? Great news: you can sign up for job alerts or add your CV to our talent pool and we’ll be in touch when something comes up.

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