MBDA UK Limited
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Warheads Placement

Job description

An Undergraduate year opportunity is available for a numerate, proactive engineer or scientist who wants to work in a dynamic team environment enhancing their technical and problem-solving skills. Good communications skills are essential for this role within the Complex Weapons Centre of Excellence (CW CofX). The CW CofX designs and tests Warheads for MBDA missiles. This team is based at MBDA Bolton site and is part of a multi-national company with the potential to work with colleagues from across the UK, France, Italy and Germany.

What will you be doing?

The CW CofX 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 concept, design definitions, assessment, technical specification, design, test equipment 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.

You could be expected to undertake analysis and interpretation of experimental data, generated from explosive and non-explosive trials 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.

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.

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?

  • Flexible working hours
  • Paid overtime
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • Employee funded voluntary private healthcare
  • Sporting activities
  • Paid holiday
  • Fantastic site facilities
  • A share of the annual Company Bonus
  • On the job learning and development opportunities.

Please note

MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the individual’s ability to fulfil the requirements of the role.

MBDA is committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

10 month placement.

What we are looking for

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.

  • Have a passion to achieve success through conscientious and diligent working
  • Be willing to ask questions and challenge assumptions
  • Seek insights and make informed decisions
  • Use own initiative and be resourceful
  • Co-ordinate well within a team environment
  • Prioritise tasks and manage time effectively
  • Be adaptable to rapidly developing projects
  • Apply technical understanding to analyse and solve practical problems
  • Have good written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Be willing to travel in the UK and Europe on a regular basis

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details


Salary pro-rated over the 10 months

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 December 2019

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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