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Aerospace Engineer Summer Internship


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Role Profile

The Air Sector of BAE Systems is responsible for the design and build of fixed wing and unmanned military and training aircraft, as well as providing training, support and information services for the UK RAF and other customers worldwide. Air Sector Engineering is split into 23 engineering disciplines. This general aerospace engineering role covers a number of those disciplines which include Aerodynamics, Electromagnetics, Structures, Integration, Airworthiness, Support, Mission Systems, Information Systems, Test Engineering and Flight Systems.

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What you will be doing

On an undergraduate placement an individual would be expected to be involved in a number of areas, maybe at different sites, in order to develop a broad understanding of aircraft systems and the activities undertaken in the design, development, test, maintenance and support of such systems. During the placement(s) the undergraduate will be expected to ‘home in’ on a specific engineering discipline that meets the needs of the business and the aspirations of the individual. Roles may include the design, development, qualification, certification and support of various Avionic systems such as Navigation; Communications, Sensors e.g. Radar; Armaments; Defensive Aids; Data Monitoring & Recording; Displays & Controls; Ground Support & Test Systems.

Opportunities in Structures, for example, may include Structural Integration, Stress Analysis, Fatigue & Fracture, Dynamics, Loads, Weights, Qualification & Certification, Build-Line, In Service, structural health monitoring (SHM).

Opportunities in Flight Systems may include the design, development, qualification, certification and support of safety critical vehicle systems or Fuel Systems, Crew Escape, Life Support, Thermal Management, Propulsion, Flight Controls, Electrical Power Generation & Distribution and Integrated Vehicle Health Management.

Every placement will be challenging, exciting and inspiring!

Entry Requirements and what we are looking for

To apply, you’ll need to be on course for achieving a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree in any STEM subject, Systems, Aerospace, Aeronautical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.

Overview of Business Unit

The Air sector is a world leader in the aerospace industry with expertise that can be traced back to the very earliest days of aviation.

We design and build advanced training and combat aircraft; develop and work with the latest in cutting-edge technology; and provide support and maintenance for our customers across the world. By joining our 23,000-strong global workforce, you could directly contribute to some of our leading aircraft including the Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II or our next generation of aircraft, in the UK or at one of our international sites. Whether you’re providing direct support to our customers, ensuring our programmes run to time and cost or influencing the design and manufacture of our products, you’ll be completing work that counts.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about delivering excellence and supporting some of the world’s most significant aerospace organisations.

We believe in investing in our people and inspiring continual innovation in our business. Developing and using the latest technology to compete with the world’s best is at the heart of what we do.

Providing world-class training, support and development to our people means we inspire the very best talent to achieve great things.

Security/Export Control statement

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.


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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • Summer - open to 1st years, Summer
  • Warton (Lancashire) and Samlesbury (Lancashire)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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  • 01772 677277

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