Systems Design Engineer Summer Placement
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Systems Design Engineer Summer Placement

MBDA UK Limited
Competitive salary

Job description

This opportunity is for an Undergraduate to do a 10-12 week placement as a Systems Engineer. Working within the design community you will get an insight into developing complex weapon systems within the System Design and Validation Function (SD&V) at MBDA Missile Systems.

Systems Design Engineers within MBDA are responsible for conceptualising new products and technologies, writing specification, developing and managing requirements, coding interfaces between hardware and software, simulating weapon system performance and analysing missile trials data. SD&V is one of the largest and most diverse technical functions in the company, with a comprehensive range of engineering disciplines working together on the entire MBDA product portfolio.

What will you be doing?

The ‘bread and butter’ of an MBDA Systems Engineers work is to ensure that the missile programmes are delivered on time, on cost and on quality. The primary tool at our disposal is the system requirements, which we will generate and manage. The requirements will specify every facet of the system, for example: dimensions, reliability rates, performance envelopes, interfaces to launch platforms (airframes and warships for example), shelf life, usage procedures, disposal methods and environmental impact to name a few. Once accepted, the requirements must then be proven by collecting and generating evidence through component analysis, manufacture, testing, trials and simulations in collaboration with the design authority for each subsystem. The goal is to achieve a Certificate of Design and an operational missile system.

MBDA Systems Design Summer Placements will experience the following:

  • Gain an understanding of some of the elements of a missile weapon system from the command and control computer to the actuator.
  • Work alongside subject matter experts in an area such as mechanical design, electrical engineering, aerodynamics, simulation, radars and lethality and warheads.
  • You will work within teams responsible for coordinating and completing multi-million pound weapons installations.
  • Analysis of trials recordings such as firings, air carriage and subsystem testing.
  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

What’s great about joining this function?

  • Undergraduates are given responsibility to deliver real items of work.
  • You will work alongside highly experienced individuals with varied skills and backgrounds within the Systems Design and Validation Department and other functions (Weapons Architecture, Seekers, Lethality and Warheads, Software, Business and Procurement, Simulation and Modelling etc).
  • Undergraduates are encouraged and supported to produce the best work they can.
  • Varied day-to-day work with workload management.
  • Teams which vary in size anywhere from a handful of people to larger teams of 20-30.
  • The Systems Engineering experience you will gain will cover many provable systems engineering methods
  • You may have the opportunity to interact with the customer and end user.

What would you get?

Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime, a comprehensive pension scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities 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

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Effective communicators; able to demonstrate skills in presenting and technical report writing.
  • Have an interest in the defence industry.
  • We are looking for someone who has initiative and drive, has strong attention to detail and problem solving skills. Proactive in finding and collecting information and thinking about further steps.
  • Capable of quickly understanding complex problems.
  • Ability to demonstrate experience of working in teams and taking on responsibility.
  • Able to derive logical solutions to inform design decisions.
  • All applications will be considered.
  • 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

  • To be working towards a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent qualification) or Masters level degree in aeronautical, aerospace, electrical or systems engineering, maths, physics, or similar.

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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