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Electronics Summer Placements 2022

Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Multiple vacancies.

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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 niche which means we require original ideas and innovative approaches to the way we design our electronic products.

Gain knowledge of the full design process for circuits and systems, which are used throughout the whole product range, current and future!

"The point of an internship is for you to learn"

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What’s the opportunity?

You will be part of a small team of other undergraduate summer placement students. The placement will last 3 months, during which you will be given a missile related project to plan, manage, design and deliver. How you meet the solution will be down to you and your team members to decide. To help guide you, you will be supported by experienced engineers from multiple engineering fields (Mechanical, Test Systems, Software, etc.). You will also have dedicated mentors to help you both technically and professionally.

The projects provide you with the opportunity to develop you skills and knowledge in one or a number of the following electronics design related skills:

  • Detailed Circuit Design.
  • Analogue and Digital Circuit Test Techniques.
  • Analysis and Characterisation Techniques.
  • Manufacturing (Machining, PCB Manufacture, Circuit Card Assembly).
  • Test & Evaluation of Design.

Programme structure

You will be spending time in the lab, building experimental hardware and in some cases may be writing some software and firmware. You will gain exposure to the schematic design tool we use (Zuken) and will continue to develop your time management and project planning skills. Depending on which project you become involved in, you may also use modelling & simulation tools such as Matlab and Simulink.

You may travel occasionally to visit other MBDA sites, although most of your work will be conducted on site in Stevenage.

What are the benefits for you?

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 Early Careers Pro are accredited with the IET. Registration at Eng Tech level is a possibility for undergraduates who have 2+ Summer Industrial Placements within any engineering industry.

What’s great about joining this team?

Working with hardworking and experienced engineers, in a friendly and encouraging environment, offers one of the best ways to commence your career and achieve a real feeling of success.

Working with other departments and being given the opportunity to work independently within a team provides invaluable knowledge of the company and our engineering processes, a must have for future career aspirations.

Entry Criteria

  • Working towards a Degree in electronic engineering, Maths, Physics or a related subject.
  • A practical knowledge of software development would be helpful, but not essential.
  • The ability to work in a driven independent manner whilst not afraid to ask questions
  • Highly Desirable: Individuals with a leaning/bias towards RF, and evidence of any projects that have involved fibre optic or miniaturised digital design

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 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 3 months
  • Stevenage
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Information Technology
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Software
  • Systems

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