2024 Graduate Engineer Intake - Applications Close 8th December 2023

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DFC are currently recruiting for our 2024 Graduate Engineer positions.

We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications, attributes, and skills:

  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree in a relevant science, engineering, or construction field.
  • An understanding and ongoing interest in the developing fire engineering industry.
  • The ability to solve problems, enable the new, and question the ‘norm’.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, design team members, clients, and other key stakeholders.
  • The attitude to continuously learn, develop, and contribute to a growing independent consultancy.
  • The ability to adapt, multitask, and take pride in one’s work.
  • Proficient English communication skills, both written and verbal.

This opportunity is relevant to you if:

  • You have graduated since June 2022 or you are graduating within the next 10 months; and
  • You have less than 24 months relevant work experience (excluding placements) since graduating.

If the above criteria does not represent you but you are interested in a career at DFC, do not hesitate to contact us at

DFC prides itself on the continuing investment, training, and development of our team. We are committed to ongoing in-house training programmes as well as regular external CPDs. We have strong ties with both academia and the fire safety engineering industry and support the route to Chartership through the Engineering Council and Institution of Fire Engineers.

DFC believes that an inclusive and diverse team, make better decisions. DFC proactively strives to maintain a team of individuals who bring new perspectives and backgrounds whilst empowering individuals and recognising talents.

Our Offer

We are pleased to offer a competitive package, consisting of:

  • Competitive salary.
  • Company-wide bonus structure linked to financial performance.
  • Individual IT package including MacBook Pro and iPhone.
  • 30 days annual leave allowance.
  • Flexible working.
  • Cycle to Work benefits.
  • Personal discount on the Apple online store.
  • Generous pension contributions.
  • Generous maternity, paternity, and shared parental leave policies.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) offering confidential support and guidance to promote personal and professional wellbeing.

Next Steps

If you are interested in becoming a part of a leading independent consultancy and you would like to work in a supportive environment please submit your CV and cover letter to

Applications are open now and will be considered on a rolling basis. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to apply in advance of the application deadline which is the 8th of December 2023. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

You can read more about how applications will be treated, processed, and what we are looking for in this blog post. All we ask is that you don’t send the same cover letter that you send to everyone – we want to feel special.

Candidates should be available to start in September 2024. DFC can support applicants in obtaining a Skilled Worker visa and any offer we make will be conditional upon your visa application being approved.

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2024 Summer Placements - Applications Close 5th January 2024

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As part of our long-term growth strategy we are offering a number of summer placement positions at DFC.

The ideal candidate for this role should be studying a relevant engineering field and have:

  • A forward thinking and open-minded approach to gaining valuable experience in the construction industry.
  • An ongoing interest in the developing fire engineering industry.
  • A proactive approach to learning and development by being inquisitive and responsive to feedback.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and multitask.
  • A proactive approach to supporting colleagues with technical challenges.
  • Proficient English communication skills, both written and verbal.

DFC will support summer placement students by providing the opportunity to learn first-hand what a fire safety engineer does. This will include getting involved in live projects during the concept, design, and construction stages.

Your time at DFC can be expected to include shadowing our team to design team meetings, approvals meetings, attending site visits, developing 3D models and meeting our entire team. You will be given guidance and assistance to help to develop your understanding of Fire Safety Engineering.

Our Offer

We don’t believe in unpaid internships, so we are pleased to offer a competitive placement package consisting of:

  • Competitive pro rata salary plus relevant expenses.
  • Individual IT package including MacBook Pro for use during the placement.
  • Social events and team CPD offerings.

Typically, a summer placement would last for 6 weeks, however we would consider slight increases to this time frame if requested.

Next Steps

All applicants will be asked to provide documentary evidence to prove their right to work in the UK to undertake the placement. Applicants who are offered a placement should be aware that the offer would be subject to DFC verifying that they are eligible to work in the UK at the time of placement.

If you are interested in applying for a summer placement opportunity at DFC, the following information is required:

  • Cover letter.
  • Details of your academic studies.
  • Evidence to prove your right to work in the UK during the summer placement.

Please submit the above information to by the 5th of January 2024. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Please don’t send the same cover letter that you send to everyone – we want to feel special.

Successful candidates will be invited for interview in early 2024, for a summer 2024 placement.

A bit more about DFC

We are in the fortunate position of continuously growing; we always have an eye out for talent to join us.

In DFC, we are passionate about fire safety engineering. Our vision is to instil good fire safety design into our client’s projects through all stages of the project’s life; design, construction and operation. We want to enable our clients to make decisions that impact on fire safety knowingly.

With increasing focus on fire safety in the build environment we are always looking for the committed individual that has an attitude to learn and desire to help us drive the same vision.

DFC is a vibrant independent company with values aligning with how we run our business. With a large portfolio of projects and a continual stream of new commissions, DFC has teams in London, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.

If you are interested in joining us, find out more about who we are, who we want, and how to apply below.

Who are we

When we first started out to grow the business, we came across advice from Mike Dempsey in running a successful business. We felt that these ‘business tips’ rang true with our style so these became the ‘rules’ to running our business. We would love to discuss these with like minded people over a coffee (or even better, a beer).

As fire engineers, we hate getting bogged down by set ways and unnecessarily complicated administrative processes. They can hinder us from being effective. Being a small, privately owned company and guided by our business model, at DFC, we are fortunate in being able to focus on doing engineering, solving problems and getting stuck in.

We see success as the values we bring to each project, and in the relationships we develop with clients, architects and other designers. It is from these relationships that we are not shy of interesting projects.


In DFC, you get the opportunity to work on projects that vary across the sectors and stages of work. We offer a competitive salary and a generous holiday allowance.

As a fire engineering company, we are curious and we like learning, which are so important in a growing discipline. In the same way, we believe in supporting your development needs, both professionally and personally.

Professionally: With 11 chartered engineers in DFC, you will have a mentor that can help you with your professional development. We have staff that are active in the BSI and IFE community and those that actively engage with academia to challenge our technical understanding of fire safety.

Personally: We want to look after our staff; cycle schemes, flexible working, social events, maternity / paternity packages, Employee Assistance Programme, and more.

Who we are looking for

With the built environment always moving and always innovating, fire engineers are constantly facing new challenges. We want to be fire engineers that enable the new and question the ‘norm’, rather than sticking to traditional ways.

We want to work with likeminded individuals who share our values. People who value what we value.

What is it like to work with us?

We choose working spaces that suit our style in DFC, and provide staff the necessary IT, so that they can work at their desk or away from it.

As a team, we look after, challenge and learn from each other.  Although the company is split over four regional offices, we work together as one team, this is also reflected by our social events. Still not sure, have a look at our latest news to see what we get up to.

If you would like to work with us, please send a CV and covering letter to