"Chess Dynamics’ skilled engineering team has evolved a breadth and depth of expertise providing 'leading edge' solutions to a wide variety of industries."

Chess Dynamics

Chess Dynamics

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Plymouth or Horsham

Any placements

* (1) Requires 12-month placement; (2) Must have a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in UK; (3) Candidates required to undergo security clearance

2021/22 Scholarships

One new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

Chess Dynamics Ltd is a medium-sized UK company that provides electro-optical (EO) solutions within the defence and security sectors, including sophisticated optical surveillance, communications and stabilised radar platforms and systems for land, maritime and off-shore applications. We marry mechanical and EO engineering with video management software to provide users with discrete self-contained systems. We design and build extremely accurate director heads and our own daylight cameras.

Unlike many other competitors, we also incorporate our own software house, so are able to offer complete bespoke EO surveillance packages. In the UK, we believe this is extremely rare, if not unique. In terms of the global and national market place, Chess Dynamics Ltd has a reputation for robust and reliable systems and products. As such, we believe the company is well positioned and recognised both at home and abroad as a ‘go to’ solution provider.

Our product-based systems are ideally suited for tasks such as search and rescue operations, protection of naval vessels, critical national infrastructure, military bases and vehicles, offering leading capability to modern military and homeland defence organisations.

What you could be doing during your work placement

  • Be involved with designing and developing our range of EO systems for defence and commercial applications.
  • Help work on new product designs ranging from concept through to verification and delivery.
  • Assist with the engineering and design of systems and sub-systems in a wide range of products.
  • Be involved in the detail design of PCBs/wiring diagrams and embedded software.
  • Prototype and develop new circuit designs, software and solutions.
  • Support the design and development of Electrical, Electronics and Embedded Software Systems.
  • Carry out R&D and lab development activities.
  • Assist production with fault finding and the development and functional testing of early prototype systems.

Meet one of our Scholars

University of Surrey
Degree Course:
MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering

What appeals to you about Electronics?

Electronics is the most important developing industry in the world, everything new and exciting always boils down to cutting edge electronics. Everywhere you look there is something you couldn’t believe exists, astonishing inventions and products that are the forefront of modern design and technology, all of which will have key and significant links to electronics. I was sold into electronics by the desire to design, build and work on the future, and be a part of the industry which is defining the modern world.

Why did you want a scholarship with Chess Dynamics?

Chess Dynamics is a rapidly growing company with a very exciting pace of development. Coupled with a reasonably small engineering team I was attracted to the company for an opportunity to get the best possible look into the world of engineering, and get a taste for the way a fast-moving company operates, whilst working as a part of the team on the design and test of their projects.

What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?

Within only a short period of time I found myself working on a great variety of tasks, applying and learning a broad range of skills, including all-important electrical design and getting the opportunity to learn several new software packages. Working on key projects alongside the electronics and engineering team, I have been able to gain a much better understanding for how an engineering company operates.

What are your hobbies and interests?

In my spare time outside of study and work I enjoy getting out on my bike or onto the squash court. But more significantly I follow all things four wheels, a massive motorsport fan always with one eye on the automotive industry, from the very newest technology to the very oldest.