Our Materials Engineers spend time formulating new materials for complex products.
BAE Systems is responsible for the design, manufacture and support of a wide range of munitions products. This requires us to formulate new materials, design features and functions and to ensure that we have manufacturing processes able to meet design tolerances and volume requirements on complex products. We have a number of chemical processes and tests, as well as metal forming and treatment processes in use across three manufacturing sites. Our main materials are steel, aluminium and polymer systems. As a Materials Engineer, you will be involved in a range of the above activities, typically including continuous improvement activity on a range of manufacturing processes and assessment of alternative materials for potential cost and / or performance benefits. You could also be involved in the design and development of Munitions products and processes and the provision of technical support to Manufacturing.
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To succeed in this area, you’ll need a minimum 2:1 Bachelor's degree for our graduate scheme. Please refer to each business unit listed below for accepted degree subjects. In addition, you must be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance.
In terms of personal qualities, you’ll also need to have excellent analytical, organisational and communication skills. Combining your technical and commercial knowledge, you'll know how to collaborate effectively with a range of internal and external customers. As a company committed to talent, we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds and with many different skills, experience and perspectives.
Land (UK): Land (UK) is a place where innovation matters. A great example is our 155mm Common Carrier Shell which has incorporated manufacturing “world firsts” as part of its development and qualification programme. Innovation has a real and positive impact on the frontline and with your help, we’ll be able to develop even more “world firsts”. As part of Land (UK), you will help us design, develop and manufacture a comprehensive range of munitions for both the UK and over 50 other countries around the world. Through constant product improvement and our comprehensive development programme, we are a world leader. Our main customer is the UK MOD and we currently supply over 80% of their conventional munitions. Preferred degrees include; Meterials, Metallurgy or related.
Submarines: Working with our team you'll join a group of experts who have been responsible for building every submarine currently in service with the Royal Navy. Your specialist knowledge will come to the fore when it comes to providing professional electrical design capability, supporting test and trials analysis to ensure the equipment meets the original design intent and being actively involved in concept design.
Military Air & Information: Our GDF programme is a 2 year a scheme commencing with an induction to the Graduate programme followed by 4 x 6 month placements. These are designed to develop your technical knowledge and skills and will be supported by relevant functional internal training.
In Land (UK) - Telford and Military Air and Information - Warton/ Samlesbury, you’ll be working with some of the top experts in their field. Taking your place as part of the team, you’ll share the everyday challenges and the long-term objectives to get a valuable insight into our business. Through a mix of study and on-the-job training in multiple placements, you’ll steadily acquire the skills and experience needed to become an Materials Engineer, with a starting salaries of £28,000.
Whichever scheme you join, we’ll encourage and support you to reach your full potential. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about us – who we are and what we do. You’ll have the opportunity to receive world-class training and support. But perhaps most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in our projects – gaining the insights that can only come from real world experience.