Degree Apprenticeship

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Degree Apprentice

BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

About us! 

The role involves working within the UK Defence industry, requiring the applicant to be capable of being security cleared to a UK SC level.

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.

The successful candidate will be working within the Airbus Defence and Space Terminals group, designing ground-based and airborne military satellite communications terminals. The role offers an exciting opportunity to work at the cutting edge of technology.

Launch an exciting career by joining our Airbus Apprenticeship Programme! 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. 

Our Degree Apprenticeships offer a full degree with no fees, plus vocational training with a regular salary.

You will study towards a BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering at Solent University, Southampton.  The course is intended to equip graduates with a relevant range of engineering skills related to electronic engineering and will include the following modules:

  • Circuit principles
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Manufacturing Principles
  • Microcomputer Systems
  • Electronic Circuits / Design
  • Embedded Systems
  • Automation and Control
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Radio Systems

The course duration is four years, based on two days per week at University and three days a week applying your knowledge as part of the Airbus team.

What you will be doing: 

The successful candidate must demonstrate that they are capable of being trained to be able to:

  • Work in a logical and constructive manner
  • Define end-to-end satellite communication system architectures
  • Decompose large-scale system architectures into realisable elements
  • Effectively communicate system architectural concepts to implementation teams, in both verbal and written forms
  • Be able to mentally switch between both a system architectural concept level and a ‘bits and bytes’ level in the defined solution.

It would be advantageous for the successful candidate to have:

  • Familiarity with the main components that comprise an end-to-end satellite communications system
  • Knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of satellite communications (LEO, MEO, GEO, etc.)
  • An understanding of what a Link Budget is and to describe the main drivers in a satellite communication context
  • Familiarity with the end-to-end Engineering process (i.e. concept, design, test, implementation and operation)
  • Familiarity with Model-Based System Design techniques

This role may involve travel to European Airbus D&S sites and international Suppliers/Customers. As such you must be able to travel accordingly.


In order to be eligible for this exciting apprenticeship opportunity, you must have a minimum of;

  • 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) including Grade 4/C or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent
  • A-Level (or equivalent) in Maths and at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics or equivalent 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with excellent communication skills
  • Ability to take ownership of a task and see it through to completion

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: JR10081345
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