Guidance, Control and Navigation Engineer Undergraduate Placement 2019
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Guidance, Control and Navigation Engineer Undergraduate Placement 2019

Job description

What’s the opportunity?
A position is available for an enthusiastic engineer to join a world leading company specialising in missiles and missile systems, as part of the Guidance, Control and Navigation department (GCN). The GCN department plays a pivotal role in the concept and life of all MBDA products. As part of the role, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of high complexity weapon systems. You will gain insight into how the various subsystems interact and have a direct influence on design decisions. The algorithms you will design lie at the heart of the missile system.

What will you be doing?
As well as guidance, control and navigation, the GCN department also hosts other areas of expertise. Predominantly there are 5 categories:

  • Guidance is the process of determining a suitable trajectory, meeting customer requirements and system constraints, providing an effective route to target interception and maximising the probability of success;
  • Control is the process of maintaining stable flight while following the guidance demands to drive the missile onto the trajectory calculated by the guidance algorithms;
  • Navigation is the process of estimating the current missile state (position, velocity and attitude) using measurements from a range of on-board sensors;
  • Image processing conditions digital images of the target scene in order to provide an aim point and assist with navigation and guidance;
  • Command and Control (C2) is the component of the weapon system that interacts with the human operator. It presents the context of the mission and calculates the most effective method of engagement against threats.
  • Within these fields there are many challenging and rewarding activities. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Guidance algorithm design and evaluation for all phases of missile flight;
  • Autopilot and control system design and analysis;
  • Integrated navigation, such as ‘Terrain Reference Navigation’, and ‘GPS integration’;
  • Data fusion to combine data from multiple sensors;
  • Support to concept and feasibility studies,
  • Internal Research and Development (IRAD) to support future weapons and technology demonstrators;
  • Implementing neural networks and deep learning techniques to help solve a range of complex problems.

What are the benefits for you?
As a member of the GCN department you will be given the opportunity to develop a number of core technical skills including coding and modelling (MATLAB/SIMULINK), mathematics, dynamics and control theory.

Work in GCN department requires close collaboration with other departments in order to understand the complexities of many distinct parts of the missile including propulsion, aerodynamics, seekers, sensors and actuators. Through discussion and joint working with experts in these fields, you will broaden your technical knowledge of the design and function of complex weapon systems.

GCN plays a central role in the design and development of all MBDA products, giving visibility of a wide range of work from concept studies through to current high-profile projects.

GCN Bristol works closely with the GCN function in Paris as well as the MBDA site in Rome. This will give you the opportunity to work as part of one of the many international teams in MBDA.

What’s great about joining this team?
Joining GCN offers the opportunity to work with a team of friendly, hardworking and ambitious engineers with a reputation for achieving project milestones to a high quality, and on time.

The GCN department works on all MBDA products so an excellent range and depth of experience and opportunity is given to all members of the team.

The work is technically challenging, innovative and rewarding. The variety of work offered within the department also presents an excellent opportunity for personal development.

Due to the department’s central role throughout a product’s lifecycle, there is a real sense of ownership of a product and the opportunity to see something through from concept to in-service.

What would you get?
£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

  • Be proactive in nature;
  • Have a desire to take ownership of technical tasks and also a willingness to learn through seeking help and advice from technical experts when required;
  • Have an analytical approach with the ability to visualise complex systems;
  • Focus efforts to achieve deadlines and be comfortable adapting to work in a continually changing field;
  • Be a helpful and hardworking team player, whilst working well individually and autonomously;
  • Have good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Have knowledge of engineering principles and processes;
  • Have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Be eligible for SC UK Security Clearance;
  • Preferably have a working knowledge of MATLAB/SIMULINK
  • Preferably have a basic knowledge of other programming skills (e.g. C, FORTRAN)


You should be working towards a minimum of a 2:2 degree in one of the following disciplines aeronautical engineering, aerospace, mathematics, physics, control and systems (or similar).

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

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Closing date: Continuous recruitment


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