Electronic Missile Engineering Summer Placement 2019
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Electronic Missile Engineering Summer Placement 2019

Job description

What is electronic engineering at MBDA?
Electronic engineering at MBDA is a large department of engineers that support the design, manufacturing, and testing of all the electronics required for a working missile system (both missile and launcher). Electronic engineering is a very broad discipline; the areas we focus on at MBDA are:

  • Detailed Circuit Design (Analogue, Digital, etc.)
  • Radio Frequency (RF) Design
  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design & Layout
  • Power Electronics for Actuators
  • Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Design
  • Research & Development into Future Technologies
  • Test Systems

What’s the opportunity?
MBDA has a celebrated and comprehensive graduate recruitment programme and a huge range of roles available for prospective electronic engineers, and the summer placement programme is an excellent starting point. Successful applicants are usually invited back for further summer placements throughout the course of their degree, often leading to 12-month undergraduate placements and graduate roles. In Electronic Engineering, you will have the opportunity to work with experienced engineers from a large range of engineering disciplines (both internal and external to electronic engineering) to deliver part of a real missile project.

What will you be doing?
You will be part of a small team (usually 8 people) of other undergraduate summer placement students. The placement will last 3 months, during which you will be given a missile related project to plan, manage, design and deliver. How you meet the solution will be down to you and your team members to determine. To help guide you, you will be supported by experienced engineers from multiple engineering disciplines (Mechanical, Test Systems, Software, etc.). You will also have dedicated mentors to help advise you both technically and professionally.

The projects will encompass and provide development in one or a number of the following electronics design related skills:

  • Detailed Circuit Design
  • Analogue and Digital Circuit Test Techniques
  • Analysis and Characterisation Techniques
  • Manufacturing (Machining, PCB Manufacture, Circuit Card Assembly)
  • Test & Evaluation of Design

What are the benefits for you?
In electronic engineering, you will have the opportunity to work with highly talented and experienced engineers from a large range of engineering disciplines (both internal and external to electronic engineering) to deliver part of a real missile project. This role provides a unique opportunity to develop and broaden technically and professionally within a respected company and multi-skilled team. You will be mentored and coached by our experienced engineers in the art of designing electronics for military products.

All the training Schemes within Electronics Engineering are accredited with the IET. Registration at Eng. Tech level is a possibility for undergraduates who have 2+ Summer Industrial Placements. MBDA can help in achieving this registration during the Summer Placement period.

What’s great about joining this team?

  • Part of a team that has the autonomy to organise your team and carry out the project as you see fit (within certain boundaries); its success or failure is in your hands.
  • Extensive support from experienced and friendly engineers from different disciplines, ranging from recent graduates to industry veterans.
  • Varied team of summer placement students from different stages of their undergraduate degree, some of whom will likely have completed one or more summer placements already.
  • Excellent exposure to the development life cycle for electronic design.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other engineering disciplines and exposure to working with multi-skilled engineering teams

What would you get?
£16,000 - £18,000 salary, flexible working hours, paid overtime, a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, a share of the annual Company Bonus and superb learning and development opportunities.

What we are looking for

  • Motivated and committed students with good organisational skills and a keen appetite for learning new skills and knowledge.
  • Interest in electronic engineering, technology, and engineering in general.
  • Practical knowledge of common software languages (C/C++, VHDL, etc.) is beneficial but not essential.

Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible forSC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance.


Undergraduate enrolled at a university studying electronic engineering, general engineering (with electronics), or related subjects (physics or maths based).

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31/12/2018

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Closing date: Continuous recruitment


Additional job details


£16,000 - £18,000

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