BAE Systems
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Human Factors Undergraduate Placement

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

BAE Systems Air Sector operates across the globe, in multiple markets to support customers wherever, whenever and whatever their challenges may be. We operate in multiple markets to support our customers – from design, development and production, through to provision of aircraft, training, support and maintenance. To achieve this, we collaborate with partners large and small, from within and beyond the defence sector, and from the UK and around the world. Human Factors (HF) engineers support the Human Engineering process by applying specific knowledge and analytical methods covering the full width of the HF skill set to ensure the resulting system/service is able to perform its mission, achieve its goals and be supported in its operational environment. This includes consideration of human characteristics (anthropometry, sensory capabilities, etc.) and the effects of stress, workplace design, information and control requirement definition within human machine interfaces and environmental ergonomics.

What will you be doing

On an undergraduate industrial placement an individual would be expected to be involved in a number of areas 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 from a Human Factors perspective.

These activities may relate to our current and future aircraft and associated human interaction technologies. As part of a small team you will be working with our pilots and other engineers to design, develop and test various aspects of a design. The placement will be hands on and as varied as possible.

What we are looking for

  • Problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Passion and enthusiasm to develop as an individual.
  • Effective communication skills, and the ability to work well in a diverse team.
  • An ability to network and form effective relationships with customers, both internal and external.
  • A willingness to learn and gain increased understanding of the business and its customers.


Predicted 2:2 or above in a HF related degree such as human factors, ergonomics, psychology, human computer interaction, biomechanics, product design, usability, user experience

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 30 September 2021

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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