Degree Apprenticeship

Engineering Level 6 Higher Degree Apprentice 2023

Product Design Mechanical BSC (Hons)

About us 

MBDA is an award winning company; 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.

Tayla's tips on applying to MBDA

“It didn’t go well, but this is what I learnt from it – we’re interested in things like that as well.” Tayla Shelford, HR Advisor.

At MBDA, we inspire team innovation to solve some of the biggest challenges. This means you'll learn from the brightest minds, who are always there to encourage and support you.

Our collaborative approach and culture of sharing knowledge will be key to your development. We trust each other to thrive; support one another to learn, and when you join us, you'll bring a different perspective to how we see the future.

Manufacturing Engineering is part of the Operations directorate based at our Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. Manufacturing consists of Assembly, Integration and Test of all our products for the company. The products we make are delivered directly to the customer/end user and therefore manufacturing are vitally important to the delivery aspects of MBDAs business.

On the Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, you will learn all about our state of the art manufacturing facility and laboratories, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to join an apprenticeship scheme that has developed winners of some of the most prestigious apprenticeship awards in the UK. The duration of the apprenticeship will be focused on Manufacturing Engineering with placements and your final role reflecting this.

Whilst working, you'll study 1 day a week for a Product Design Mechanical BSC (Hons) at University of Bolton, which will be funded by MBDA.   You'll do rotational placements for the remainder of the week. This way of studying allows you to earn an academic and nationally recognised qualification, as well as gain a learning experience within a professional and friendly workplace.

Study on this apprenticeship will be a blend of virtual and face to face.

What's the opportunity?

Manufacturing engineers work closely with design to influence the producability of designs. They are also responsible for the ‘how' we build our products including being responsible for:

  • Any tooling required to build our products.
  • Instructions on how to build our products.
  • The cost of manufacture of our products.
  • The industrial validations of our production lines and our suppliers.
  • Day-to-day support of our operators building our products.
  • The architecture of the production lines.
  • Developing new manufacturing processes.

Every single day for a manufacturing engineer is different, it is a mix of time spent on the shop floor and office based working. There are also opportunities to travel to other MBDA sites and countries, plus visiting suppliers. As part of dynamic working there may be opportunities to do some work remotely, however due to the nature of the job, there will always be a requirement to work on site some of the time.

In Manufacturing, you are not only able to see, but also be part of, the realisation of our products.

Programme Structure - Years 1-4:

When you start at the company, the first 3 months will be spent in the training room working towards your IPC practical qualifications.

You will then spend the next 3 years working in placements 4 days a week (the other is university day release). Your placements will be in different manufacturing engineering teams including:

  • Circuit Card Assembly
  • Seekers and Datalinks
  • Inert Missile
  • Actuators and Control Equipment
  • Platform Equipment and Cables

In your final year you will do a 12-month-long placement in the area you will ‘graduate' from the scheme into, as a Manufacturing Engineer.

There are opportunities to do placements at other MBDA sites (although not guaranteed)

During your programme, you'll be completing assignments for both your placement and university as well as sitting exams as you go through - making handling your diary the key requirement for balancing your work load.

You will also get fantastic opportunities to bring your technical knowledge to schools and colleges as a STEM ambassador.

Entry Criteria

This role has specific qualification level and subject criteria - please make sure you carefully check your eligibility against this criteria as we cannot consider applications from anyone that does not meet the following requirements:

  • 5 x GCSES

To include: Maths & English Language & a Science / Technology subject Grade 9 – 4 Achieved

In addition to:

  • 120 UCAS Points, achieved through either:

Alevels: 3 x B's (or ABC) including Maths AND Physics or a Technology or Engineering subject


A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, minimum DDM, including a Distinction in Further Maths module.


T-Level at Merit or Distinction in an Engineering subject

Salary, Benefits and Start Date

  • £18,000 salary plus £3,000 joining bonus
  • Company Bonus Scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Access to range of employee discounts including Dining and Lifestyle discounts subsidised gym membership and more
  • 5 days paid study leave per year of scheme
  • Programme starts September 2023

Why choose us?

MBDA is an award winning company; 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.

We're here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK's work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

We've signed the Gradcracker feedback pledge.

(This means that we will supply feedback if requested after an interview.)


Job ID Number: R10204
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £18,000 salary plus £3,000 joining bonus + benefits
  • Bolton
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