BAE Systems
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Aerospace Engineering Industrial Placement - Christchurch

Job description

The Air Sector of BAE Systems is responsible for the design and build of fixed wing and unmanned military and training aircraft, as well as providing training, support and information services for the UK RAF and other customers worldwide. Air Sector Engineering is split into 23 engineering disciplines. This general aerospace engineering role covers a number of those disciplines which include aerodynamics, electromagnetics, structures, integration, airworthiness, support, mission systems, information systems, test engineering and flight systems.

What you will be doing
On an undergraduate placement an individual would be expected to be involved in a number of areas, maybe at different sites, in order to develop a broad understanding of aircraft systems and the activities undertaken in the design, development, test, maintenance and support of such systems. During the placement(s) the undergraduate will be expected to ‘home in’ on a specific engineering discipline that meets the needs of the business and the aspirations of the individual. Roles may include the design, development, qualification, certification and support of various avionic systems such as navigation; communications, sensors e.g. radar; armaments; defensive aids; data monitoring and recording; displays and controls; ground support and test systems.

Opportunities in structures, for example, may include structural integration, stress analysis, fatigue and fracture, dynamics, loads, weights, qualification and certification, build-line, in service, structural health monitoring (SHM).

Opportunities in flight systems may include the design, development, qualification, certification and support of safety critical vehicle systems or fuel systems, crew escape, life support, thermal management, propulsion, flight controls, electrical power generation and distribution and integrated vehicle health management.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about delivering excellence and supporting some of the world’s most significant aerospace organisations. We believe in investing in our people and inspiring continual innovation in our business. Developing and using the latest technology to compete with the world’s best is at the heart of what we do.

Providing world-class training, support and development to our people means we inspire the very best talent to achieve great things.

Security / export control statement
Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Diversity and inclusion statement
We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.

Every placement will be challenging, exciting and inspiring.

What we are looking for


To apply, you’ll need to be on course for achieving a 2:2 bachelor’s degree in any STEM subject, systems, aerospace, aeronautical, mechanical or electrical engineering, or computer science.

Accepted degree subjects

  • physics
  • transport engineering
  • mathematics
  • aerospace engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • computer sciences and IT
  • electronic and electrical engineering
  • civil engineering and construction

Additional job details

Christchurch, Dorset
Competitive salary

How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 2 September 2020

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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