Human Factors Undergraduate Industry Placement 2019
work experience

Human Factors Undergraduate Industry Placement 2019

Job description

What’s the opportunity?
An exciting opportunity for an adaptable and enthusiastic undergraduate looking to develop their Human Factors (HF) skills and knowledge. You will play a vital role in a team considered to be an industry leader in Human Factors Integration (HFI).

The MBDA Early Careers Programme is designed to ensure you have real responsibility and input to projects during your time here. The Human Factors Function works across a variety of projects allowing you to apply and develop your skills across a diverse range of scenarios; gaining wide-ranging, hands-on experience in the application of Human Factors within the defence sector.

What will you be doing?
You will carry out day-to day engineering activities with significant guidance and support. These activities include the use of CAD software to analyse how human operators interact with the weapon systems and whether the design of the system permits efficient operation. You will also be providing support to more senior Human Factors colleagues in project and research work. Your efforts will be directly used in support of on-going development programmes and may also include participation in trials and experimentation events.

You will have the opportunity of carrying out technical investigations under guidance, in order to provide recommendations for problem assessment and the construction of design improvements. The design work conducted will be in line with Human Factors technical standards and guidance documentation.

Specific technical activities that recent candidates have been involved in include:

  • Anthropometric modelling using JACK software
  • Workload analysis
  • Situational awareness assessments
  • Manual handling trials
  • HCI/HMI design
  • Virtual reality

You will be working within one of the largest Human Factors Teams within the UK defence industry. Our team is highly experienced and come from diverse backgrounds. You will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the most experienced Human Factors practitioners in the UK, within a highly supportive and structured environment.

Any necessary training and support will be provided by experienced engineers within the department and project teams

Experience working with military personnel
The Human Factors team has developed an excellent working relationship with military user groups. You will be working closely with military users in order to gain insight and feedback on MBDA product solutions. This exposure will allow you to gain a further insight to the defence world and help you to develop your understanding of the many aspects which are of interest to HF; including military roles, use of equipment and processes.

Access to the latest equipment and technologies

  • The company uses advanced technology in its weapon systems to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces in the land, sea and air domains.
  • The Human Factors department actively research the capabilities of emerging commercial-off –the –shelf technology to meet these current and future requirements.
  • These technologies are used to conceptualise and create designs for future weapon systems.


  • You will have a real influence on active projects. It is both rewarding and motivating to see your inputs carried forward into final designs.

International travel

  • While MBDA’s leading Human Factors capability is based in the UK, Human Factors continues to develop across the company and on multinational projects providing the potential for international travel in order to promote the sharing and development of Human Factors Integration best practice.

What’s great about joining this team?
You will be joining a highly experienced team with a variety of different backgrounds. While team members work across a variety of different projects, the team hold regular informal meetings to share what they are involved in and any issues or points of interest. This provides the opportunity to get useful feedback and support from the team and gives you the chance to learn about different project work being conducted within the department.

The department social events always go down well; these are a great opportunity to get to know the team outside of the office. Previously we have had themed nights such as “Come Dine with Me” and Christmas Cocktails.

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

  • Have an ambition to work with the Human Factors Domain within the defence industry.
  • Be able to adapt well to changing goals and requirements.
  • Have great interpersonal skills and be able to integrate well within a team.
  • Have the ability to use own intuition to work out the best or most suitable course of action.
  • Be competent in the use of Microsoft office applications e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Desirable skills

  • Understanding of human factors integration processes.
  • Experience in anthropometric modelling and CAD software.
  • Experience in the use of Virtual Reality technology
  • Experience in HCI prototyping tools (e.g. Axure) and basic software skills would be an advantage.

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


Be working towards a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in a related discipline (e.g. ergonomics, human factors, psychology, systems engineering).

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 28/02/2019

Don't forget to mention Prospects to employers when you contact them.

Closing date: Continuous recruitment


Additional job details



To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.