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BAE Systems Air Sector operates across the globe, in multiple markets to support customers wherever, whenever and whatever their challenges may be. We operate in multiple markets to support our customers – from design, development and production, through to provision of aircraft, training, support and maintenance. To achieve this, we collaborate with partners large and small, from within and beyond the defence sector, and from the UK and around the world.
The role of Airframe Design Engineer covers multiple different Engineering disciplines, such as Aerodynamics Engineering, Design Engineering and Structural Engineering to give a breadth of experience.
Aerodynamics Engineers study flight physics and the flow of air on, around, into, through, and out of an aircraft. This is done by ensuring the design achieves performance and controllability requirements which meet customer operational needs, and safely comply with certification rules throughout the engineering lifecycle. These engineers are responsible for producing the external loads on the aircraft.
Design Engineers are responsible for producing the physical product definition against a set of system functional requirements from multiple sources. They gain skills and knowledge in areas such as structural, mechanical, electrical and fluid systems to create solutions to satisfy conceptual, preliminary definition, detail design, verification/compliance, build/assembly and in-service support lifecycle phases.
Structural Engineers ensure the airframe is able to carry the loads placed upon it. This is done via structural analysis and testing at various stages of the aircraft lifecycle, including in-service when the aircraft fatigue life is monitored against cleared limits. Structural Engineers are also involved in predicting and monitoring the mass and centre of gravity of the aircraft throughout its lifecycle.
A Graduate Airframe Design Engineer will undertake a broad range of tasks that allow them to develop knowledge of fast jet and unmanned systems, as well as an understanding of the multi-disciplinary inputs and design principles that contribute to the development of such systems. With model-scale experimentation, computational simulation and engineering expertise all feeding into air vehicle design, the role will be fast-paced and dynamic, and the Engineer will take responsibility for the analysis and maturation of the aircraft design from the perspective of their discipline. Tasks involved could be within the following areas: -