BAE Systems
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Systems Engineering Industrial Placement - Rochester

Job description

From the initial design concept, to the production-ready product and then in-service support, Systems Engineers play a key role at BAE Systems, Rochester.

Systems Engineers provide the detailed product and domain knowledge needed to develop products that will address our customers’ continually increasing capability needs whilst ensuring the required levels of safety are maintained.

The diverse range of products designed, manufactured and supported at Rochester includes:-

  • Head Up Displays –providing flight and mission data symbology that is visible to pilots while they are looking forwards out of the cockpit. Our Systems Engineers need to exploit the graphics and processing capabilities of our products to provide the increasing performance demands in a wide range of operating conditions.
  • Helmet Mounted Displays –providing similar data as for Head Up Displays that is visible to pilots regardless of where they are looking from the cockpits of military fast jets and helicopters.
  • Active Inceptor Systems – world-leading systems that increase aircraft capabilities whilst reducing pilot workload. Pilot stick & throttle controls for military fast jets and commercial airliners and cyclic & collective controls for military helicopters are designed and manufactured at Rochester. Our Systems Engineers push the capabilities of currently available technologies whilst maintaining the stringent safety-critical requirements.
  • Diesel-Electric Hybrid Propulsion Systems - designed and produced by BAE Systems and currently in service in buses in towns and cities across England, Scotland and Europe. Our Systems Engineers are working closely with bus manufacturers and our design engineers to ensure that we supply a product that meets the varied requirements of our customers by improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and maintaining driving performance.
  • Flight Control Computers – providing the complex processing requirements of modern fly-by-wire military jets and commercial airliners. Our Systems Engineers develop the multi-redundant architectures that process sensor inputs and execute the control laws that command aircraft control surface movement, whilst providing monitoring to meet the high-integrity requirements.
  • Mission System Computers - at the heart of any fast jet avionics suite and also used in mobile soldier systems. Systems Engineering is critical for achieving mapping, symbology and situational awareness capabilities using a common set of interfaces and functions. New capabilities at Rochester have enabled us to produce modular computing components to aid rapid development within this product group.

What you will be doing

As a Systems Engineer, at BAE Systems you will be immediately be thrown in to the mix on an exciting project. You can expect to be introduced to a team that will help you get up to speed very quickly so you can begin to contribute to new and exciting technologies. There are possibilities to be assigned to work on a range of products such as Head Up Displays (HUDs), Helmet Displays, Control Systems or Active Sticks.

In the early project stages, as part of the continuous research and development opportunities at Rochester, Systems Engineers will investigate available and emerging technologies in order to apply this knowledge to the required system. Systems Engineers are also responsible for the system architecture and design definitions that are fundamental to our products.

As a project matures, the Systems Engineers have the overall responsibility for managing the customer requirements to ensure that the product remains compliant, providing risk mitigation where applicable. Systems Engineers also perform a more hands-on role when supporting System Integration and Testing, Environmental and EMC Qualification and Acceptance Testing.

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.

If you want to be part of our future working in partnership with the Royal Navy, then a career in Maritime Services awaits you.

What we are looking for


To apply, you’ll need to be on course for achieving a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree. Courses which include or are similar to the following subjects: systems engineering, physics, optics, software engineering, electronic and electrical, systems engineering management, systems architecture, embedded systems engineering, aircraft systems engineering, space systems engineering, computer systems engineering, control systems engineering, mechanical systems, avionics, aeronautics, mathematics.

Accepted degree subjects

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

Additional job details

Competitive salary

How to apply

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