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Hardware In The Loop 10 Month Placements 2022

Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Multiple vacancies.

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The Hardware in the Loop (HWIL) department is a unique facility that integrates complex missile subsystems and simulates their dynamic flights as if in a real-world environment!

In the labs there are Electro-optic (EO), LASER and Radio Frequency (RF) devices, anechoic chambers (including working at heights) and multiple Carco 3-axis hydraulic motion tables. The small, but versatile, team have a mixture of technical expertise that enables them to invent the electronics and equipment needed for the labs, design the experiments, create custom software and hardware simulations, and deliver the analysed outputs to support expensive company trials.

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What’s the opportunity?

In HWIL there are a vast number of opportunities to get ‘hands-on’. Every member of the team has the ability to work on real time computing, software coding and mathematical modelling. As an undergraduate you will get involved in testing Missile hardware subsystems (Seeker, Inertial Measurement Unit and Missile Computer), the design and control of target scene generators to emit Infrared or Radio Frequency radiation and control of hydraulic motion tables to simulate dynamic flight.

HWIL supports and develops a broad range of skills, and is suitable for undergraduates from a wide range of problem solving backgrounds.

On the Programme you will have the opportunity to develop many different engineering skills including complex function integration, designing bespoke equipment and applying new knowledge to create, set up and action test procedures. You will also work on:

  • Complex function integration.
  • Coding test software, data analysis scripts and control systems (C++, MATLAB, CAD, Linux).
  • Learning communication protocols (e.g. RS422, Ethernet, MODBUS).
  • Applying new knowledge to create, set up and action test procedure.
  • Electronic design.
  • Mechanical design.
  • Workshop skills (such as purchasing and designing lab equipment and cables using pillar drills, hand tools, soldering etc.).
  • Technical report writing to support trials reviews.

HWIL are very versatile team, all at different points within their career and each member has their own unique set of skills. The key to such a team is consistent demonstration of passion, team work, innovative ideas, commitment, a lot of communication and support. The team are always looking to discover new solutions and there is always someone to discuss new ideas and concepts with.

Entry criteria

  • Currently studying in an Engineering or technical subject (Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Aerospace, Electronics, Computing, Control Theory, Systems etc.)
  • Good communication skills.
  • Interest in solving problems.
  • Basic experience of Matlab/Simulink and coding.

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
  • 10 months
  • Stevenage, Hertfordshire
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Avionics
  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • Software
  • Systems

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