Degree Apprenticeship

Mechanical Engineer Degree Apprentice

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Joining an Airbus Apprenticeship Programme could be the ideal start to your career, just as it has been for many of our Senior Managers today. Our Apprentices receive second to none training, gaining the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to enable you to make an immediate contribution when you enter the workforce.

Make it possible. Make it happen. Make it fly.

At Airbus Group, our people work with passion and determination to accomplish the extraordinary – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

As a Mechanical Engineer based in the department of mechanical analysis, working in mechanical stress and dynamic analysis teams or on placement with department internal customers and key stakeholders, you shall be contributing to the success of a wide variety of space missions, that range from the highly scientific space exploration of other planets in the form of the ESA EXOMARS Mars Rover mission, to the intensely competitive provision of global telecommunications via the Airbus Defence and Space EUROSTAR 3000 and 3000neo family of spacecraft.

With space hardware design, manufacture and test all covered by the scope of operations on the Stevenage site and so accessible to witness, support and contribute to, developed shall be a wide variety of technical skills in mechanical, aerospace and structures engineering with reference to your domain of analysis, and non-technical skills that relate to your responsibilities to communicate and deliver your activities to set technical and operational objectives.

About us!

Mechanical Engineers are involved in producing innovative designs, using the latest materials and Computer Aided Engineering systems to meet ever-increasing expectations in 21st century living.

This course will develop the learner’s mechanical engineering expertise and professional skills across a broad curriculum with modules including thermofluid mechanics & heat transfer, mechanical engineering design and manufacturing strategy.

This course maps to the Product Design and Development Engineer apprenticeship standard.

Apprenticeship Standard: Product Design and Development Degree Apprenticeship

Final Award: BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

What you will be doing:

This apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of on the job training at Airbus, and university based learning on day release over the duration of the 4 year Programme.

Key activities of the industry based work of this apprenticeship include:

  • Proactively seek to broaden your knowledge base, which includes your understanding of space hardware technologies, their purpose and composition.
  • In a systems, hardware or components environment, understand the detail principles of mechanical and stress analysis and more broadly of wider design, manufacture and test.
  • Build and demonstrate familiarisation with company standards, procedures, processes and work practices through on and off the job training and development.
  • Learn the discipline of predominately mechanical analysis, but also according to placements undertaken the influence to and from internal customers and stakeholders.
  • Understand the performance of designed, manufactured and tested hardware through activities including mechanical test prediction, preparation, support and assessment.
  • Authoring technical documents in particular reports recording and driving the design, development and verification, over the whole or parts of the product lifecycle.


Please note that, due to the funded nature of this Programme, applicants with undergraduate degrees are not eligible.

You will need:

  • UCAS Points - 104
  • A-Level - BCC:  A levels to include Maths and either Physics or Technology or engineering based subjects excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
  • BTEC – DMM: Engineering BTEC Extended Diploma with a Distinction in the Further Maths unit or equivalent
  • Or Equivalent qualifications

The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding: Commitment to continue personal development, refreshing and expanding Engineering knowledge through a variety of methods.
  • Design and development of processes, systems, services and products: Contributing to the continuing development of Engineering within their domain
  • Responsibility, management or leadership: Taking personal responsibility for their actions, Managing projects
  • Communication and inter-personal skills: Be able to demonstrate a range of communication styles and methods. Understanding the importance of networks within and across functions.
  • Professional commitment: Demonstrating a personal and professional commitment to society, their profession and the environment, adopting a set of values and behaviours that will maintain and enhance the reputation of the profession.

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.

Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.

One application: Make It Possible, Make It Happen, Make It ...Count! 


Beyond the qualifications and training you will complete as an Airbus Apprentice, you will also receive:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 25 Days' Holiday and Bank Holidays
  • 37 Hour working week
  • Independent, 24 hour confidential counselling service

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Job ID Number: JR10088491
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