Graduate Opportunity

Aerospace Graduate


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It’s an exciting time to join one of our Early Careers programmes at QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join our team, whether you are taking your first steps in starting a career or you are looking to make a career change, we have a wide range of exciting opportunities for you.

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Flight Physics, Flight Systems and Mission Systems Groups

In the Aerospace Engineering area we are looking for graduates wanting a career in Aerospace certification / qualification, evaluation, integration and test to join our team of over 130 experts. You will develop the skills needed to effectively contribute to a wide range of programmes for military, government and commercial customers underpinning our national capability.

What will I be doing?

Often the role we fulfil is to provide independent technical evaluation to the MoD across a wide range of aircraft platforms. We work at all stages of an aircraft’s lifecycle, but are most likely to be supporting procurement, entry of new aircraft into service, new capabilities, in service modifications or new equipment.

Much of our work is desktop based, though occasionally opportunities arise to get involved in hands on assessment or aircraft trials.

Right now, we are looking for graduates to join our Aerospace Engineering team where you will be able to experience working in our Flight Physics, Flight Systems and Mission Systems departments. A brief description of each area is as follows:

  • Flight Physics: Focuses primarily on aircraft performance and flying qualities (examples include assessing take-off and landing performance, or defining operating envelopes for different capabilities).
  • Flight Systems: Centres around mechanical aircraft systems and electrical power provision (examples include assessment of fuel, oxygen and power distribution systems).
  • Mission Systems: Work predominantly with avionics systems (examples include evaluation of communications, navigation, defensive aids and RADAR systems).

Academic requirements:

You will need to have obtained or be studying towards a degree (with a predicted or achieved grade of at least 2:1 or equivalent) in one of the following areas (or a related subject):

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering

Additional requirements:

  • You must have graduated no earlier than 2020 OR will graduate no later than 2022.
  • High personal integrity and an ability to work well with a wide range of different people is essential.
  • A conscientious, logical and enquiring mind set is essential.
  • A safety conscious mind-set is essential, and an understanding of potential aircraft hazards and hazard-based assessment is advantageous (this will be taught on the job).
  • A willingness to work on UK military projects is essential.
  • Excellent report writing skills are highly desirable.
  • Must be able to achieve at least a UK national security vetting clearance level of at least ‘Security Check’ (SC). Details can be found through the following link: UKSV
  • National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants


  • Boscombe Down, Wiltshire
  • Waddington, Lincoln
  • Warton, North Lancashire

Why join QinetiQ?

As a global company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise, we are excited to recruit the most talented and enthusiastic people to become key parts of our business. Our Early Careers programmes give you the opportunity to be at the heart of impactful projects. 

Diversity and inclusion

In our unique working environment, teams from different backgrounds collaborate widely on some of the world’s most complex defence and security challenges. Whatever part you play, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies. It’s a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Together, we’ll explore new ways of protecting the world around us. 

Your wellbeing

Looking after the health and wellbeing of our employees are our top priority. We offer a host of services designed to support your wellbeing. They range from our Thrive app and Employee Assistance Programme to Mental Health First Aiders. The wellbeing of our employees is critical to our collective and individual success. 

Rewards and benefits

We offer global career progression and the opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting projects along with a wide range of rewards and recognition. Our highly competitive salaries come with a raft of benefits, from a performance-based Employee Incentive Scheme to Thank Q, our global recognition scheme. There’s also a Share Incentive Plan, Life Assurance and Benefits+, our flexible benefits package. It’s all designed to make life easier for you.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: January 4th, 2023
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Starting Salary: £27,500 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Boscombe Down (Wiltshire), Waddington (Lancashire) and Warton (North Lancashire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerospace
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical

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