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Electronics 10 Month Placements 2022


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The role of the Electronic Engineering function is to provide MBDA programmes with electronic equipment for missiles, test equipment and launch systems. The electronic equipment we make ranges from weapon controller units and actuator electronics to telemetry & communication systems.

Our products need to function in especially harsh environments! It is also vital that our designs are reliable and safe, as well as needing to meet other ambitious requirements – our sophisticated equipment usually has to fit into very confined spaces. These design constraints make the equipment we design very specialised which means we require original ideas and innovative approaches to the way we design our electronic products.

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What’s the opportunity?

You will be assigned to an actual missile project and given real work that will form part of a missile system that will be brought into service with armed forces around the world. The placement will be split in two: the first you'll be embedded in our Missile Design team, who work on the prime Missile Design and the second as part of our Test Systems team, who focus on designing the test solutions that test and prove our prime design.

  • Complex circuit design (Analogue, Digital, FPGA etc.) for computers, Safety related products, datalinks, ground/firing equipment etc.
  • Analogue and Digital circuit test techniques and circuit design;
  • Microwave / RF test measurement techniques and design;
  • Analysis and Characterisation techniques.
  • Test system design, testability of a design.

You will be working with highly experienced engineers from a large range of engineering fields. This will allow you to develop and broaden technically and professionally within a multi-skilled team. As well as this, you will have the opportunity to be mentored and coached by experienced engineers in the art of designing electronics for military products.

All the training schemes within Electronics Engineering are accredited with the IET. Registration at Eng. Tech level is a possibility for undergraduates who have 2+ Summer Industrial Placements. MBDA can help in achieving this registration during the Placement period.

Programme Structure

You will be spending time both in the lab and in the office, gaining exposure to laboratory work, PCB Layout, Circuit Design & Simulations (using tools such as LTSpice & Zuken), test procedures and task package management.

You may have occasion to travel to other MBDA sites, both in the UK and abroad, as well as having opportunities to support local schools in extra-curricular STEM activities, such as Robot Rumble.

Entry criteria

  • Currently studying towards a Degree in electronic engineering, general engineering (with electronics), or related subjects (maths or physics based).
  • Motivated and committed with good organisational skills and an appetite for learning new skills.
  • Interest in electronic engineering, technology, and engineering in general.
  • Practical knowledge of common software languages (C/C++, VHDL, etc.) is beneficial but not essential.

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.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • 10 months
  • Stevenage
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  • Electronic
  • Maths
  • Physics

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