Lethality and Warheads Summer Placement - Bolton
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Lethality and Warheads Summer Placement - Bolton

MBDA UK Limited
Competitive salary

Job description

A job opportunity has arisen within the Centre of Excellent Complex Warheads team for a numerative scientist/engineer to develop their technical and problem-solving skills. This job role encompasses concept design and modelling simulation through to testing and manufacture, giving you the chance to experience challenges that arise throughout the lifecycle of our Warheads. The Warheads team is based at MBDA Bolton site and is part of a multi-national capability with opportunities to work with colleagues from across the UK, France, Italy and Germany.

What will you be doing?

The CofE Complex Warheads team offers an extensive range of work experiences ranging from modelling simulation, to detailed design, manufacturing development and Warhead trials.

Warhead Development follows a product lifecycle starting with a technical specification, concept and design definitions, assessment, test equipment design, and maturity of concepts through into manufacture. The successful applicant could be expected to provide technical support at any stage of this process. This would generally require you to apply your fundamental knowledge of engineering principles to help with material selection, enhancement and optimisation of a new design or aid the manufacturing process. A key aspect is traceability and the production of relevant documentation detailing technical requirements and planning to ensure processes are conducted in a timely and efficient manner.

You could be expected to undertake analysis and interpretation of experimental data, generated from explosive and non-explosive project work. This information is used to aid our assessment of warhead operational conditions, performance, safety and suitability for service throughout its life. This could be achieved by applying advanced computation computer modelling techniques to predict the likely outcome of a test. Data from the test is then used to validate and improve the model.

There is also an expectation you will ensure we remain compliant with the company’s Business Management processes when working within and outside the company.

What are the benefits for you?

  • The Warheads department offers independent working on real-life problems from day one, while offering the full support and encouragement of an experienced team of professional engineers and scientists.
  • You will have the opportunity to travel and work with colleagues from a variety of MBDA sites and sub-contractors across the UK, France, Italy and Germany; we work on a variety of multi-national projects.
  • We support you with on-the-job training and there is the possibility of attending additional training courses if there is a project need.Typically training is provided through MBDA’s learning gateway.
  • We will support and encourage you on your journey to become a Chartered Engineer or Scientist. But you are expected to drive this forward yourself.

What’s great about joining this team?

  • The Warheads team within the UK is well established and covers a wide range of capability and product types, while working with our suppliers to develop world class Warheads.
  • You will be joining a dynamic, engaged and experienced team with a diverse skillset responsible for the design, performance modelling, manufacture and test of Warheads.
  • The team has a wide range of backgrounds and experience, including undergraduates and graduates, through to Chartered Engineers and Scientists with over 30 years of experience in the domain.

What would you get?
Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime, a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes and superb learning and development opportunities.

Company information

Why you should come and work at MBDA

  • MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with over 10,000 employees on industrial facilities in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and a presence in the United States
  • With some of the most sophisticated technology in defence, MBDA offers a wide range of advanced weapon systems for maritime superiority, air dominance, ground based air defence and battlefield engagement
  • We work with over 90 armed forces, successfully integrating our systems onto multiple platforms.
  • Has a technology pedigree that allows innovative and responsive products to be created year upon year
  • Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career
  • MBDA is ranked 12 in the Sunday Times Top 30 Best Big Companies to Work For, demonstrating successful growth and high levels of employee retention.
  • Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and commercial spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards

Person requirements

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

Qualifications and experience requirements

Ideally you should be working towards a (minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent) in a technical or engineering-related discipline, such as aeronautical, aerospace, mechanical or systems engineering, physics, chemistry or maths. Applicants with relevant post-graduate qualifications are also encouraged.

Experience in using analysis tools such as CREO, ANSYS Autodyn, DYNA, RADIOSS, Matlab, Visual Basic and MS Office would be advantageous but not necessarily essential.

Accepted degree subjects

mathematics · computer sciences and IT


Competitive salary



How to apply

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 01/10/2018

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