Work Placement / Internship

Materials Engineer Year in Industry 2022

Farnborough, Hampshire. Multiple vacancies.

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About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

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Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. 

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

Applied Science:

Our Applied Science team are a multi-disciplinary team who are involved on a range of critical Customer projects and our work encompasses world-leading research (exploring the ‘art of the possible’) to comprehensive evaluation and testing of systems and components - as well as supporting the training of Service personnel. Our work can involve the modelling of scenarios, but, a key part of your work is likely to involve working in laboratories and facilities which are often unique in the work undertaken and safe-working in these areas is paramount.

Our EM & Acoustics Group works at the forefront of science & technology in the world of applied physics, mathematics, engineering and material science. In our Group, we develop novel technologies and carry out research, development and experimentation for both commercial partners and the UK Ministry of Defence. Our work is critical to advancing the technologies and materials available as well as their application to the end user.

The primary focus of our Year in Industry Applied Physics and Applied Engineering roles are to work with our core teams to investigate material options and their respective performance when subjected to customer-specific operational scenarios. This can range from the identification of suitable materials to be used to repair damage underwater; to inspection and quality assurance compliance testing of supply chain products to validate their readiness for operational usage. Another avenue of work is to improve the breadth of testing capabilities offered by QinetiQ to customers both existing and new to make sure we keep pace with an ever evolving world.

Neither the Applied Physics nor Applied Engineering roles are purely one or the other – affording the successful candidate the opportunity to gain and apply knowledge from across the STEM spectrum to a wide range of project scenarios and customer requirements.

Academic requirements:

You will need to be studying towards at least a 2:2 in a degree with a key focus on any of the disciplines listed below:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science

We will also consider applications which have clear & relevant external experience in any of the above disciplines. You will also need to support this by studying towards at least a 2:2 degree.

Additional requirements:

  • Integrated masters students preferred but not essential
  • Knowledge / interest within material properties
  • Materials science modules are highly desirable
  • This must be part of your degree course which requires an industrial placement 

Additional Benefits:

  • Annual Leave – want more time for you? Employees can buy up to five days more holiday a year with this benefit.
  • Cortex – Join a social network across QinetiQ that take part in a range of social, technical & wellbeing events which are funded for all employees in their first 4 years at QinetiQ.
  • Annual Travel Insurance – QinetiQ employees can get their annual travel insurance for Europe or Worldwide cover at a discount rate. Including winter sports.
  • Cycle to work scheme - Cycle2Work is an employee benefit aimed at encouraging you to cycle to work.
  • Gourmet Society – the opportunity to buy up to 4 cards that enable you (or close family and friends) to have up to 50% of meals out at selected restaurants or up to 40% off cinema tickets.
  • Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) – Pensions are one of the most important and valuable benefits available to you; all new employees are automatically enrolled into the QinetiQ Retirement Savings Plan. 

And much, much more…

Security notice:

Please be aware that this role is subject to both security & export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that you must have the right to stay and work within the UK. Restrictions may also mean that any dual or previous nationalities held can affect the roles in which you can perform within QinetiQ.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £18,500 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Farnborough, Hampshire
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Materials & Minerals
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

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