Degree Apprenticeship

Electrical Electronic Tech Support Degree Apprentice

BEng Electronic/Electrical Engineering

About us!

Working on Space Equipment primarily for European Space Agency missions / Telecommunications Satellites with responsibility for the implementation of the Project Quality Assurance requirements to ensure that the delivered Equipment is compliant with the Customers Contractual Requirements.

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.

Electrical/ Electronic Technical Support Engineer (ES) is a `key’ designated core team project role with excellent exposure to a variety of activities within the Space Industry

As a core team member the ES will liaise with multiple disciplines such as project management, design engineering, environmental test and Materials and Processes to name a few.

The current team is based on three sites, Portsmouth, Stevenage and Ottobrunn to support the Communication Products Group and close engagement across the sites is actively encouraged throughout the product life cycle.

What you will be doing: 

You will study towards a BEng Electronic/Electrical Engineering at the University of Chichester. The course is intended to equip graduates with a relevant range of engineering skills related to manufacturing engineering and will include the following modules:

  • Engineering Mathematics                   
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Electrical Circuit Analysis
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Control and Power Engineering
  • Analogue and Digital Design
  • Communication Engineering
  • Power Electronics and Electrical Machines
  • Engineering Tools and Techniques
  • Embedded Systems and Internet of Things
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • Photonics and Optical Communications
  • Power System Operation
  • Power Electronic Converters
  • Mobile Communications

The ES will liaise with the Customer representatives and Airbus subcontractors, providing opportunities to grow their network and experience within the Space Industry. The ES has the authority to resolve all matters pertaining to quality including the right to suspend any activities that appear to jeopardise the quality of the program until a satisfactory resolution has been achieved

Some example skills and activities of opportunity to learn and key to an ES role are;


  • Estimate and control all quality costs directly associated with their Projects team


  • Participation in all significant Program, Engineering and Management meetings
  • Ensure that Project EM Requirements are adhered to internally and externally
  • Review and approve drawings and procedures and their subsequent amendments
  • Undertake the preparation of quality and risk mitigation plans


  • Ensure that procurement product assurance requirements are fully implemented and conduct audits when necessary

Manufacturing/ AIT

  • Problem solving in the frame of NRBs to resolve non-conformances
  • Ensure that adequate work instructions and records are maintained throughout the project lifecycle
  • Oversee the necessary inspections and quality checks of the equipment
  • Review of test plans and procedures


  • EQSR: Oversee justification of materials and processes to be used based on adequate qualification and heritage
  • MRR: Chairing Manufacturing Readiness Reviews to ensure the preparation is sufficient to allow manufacturing or assembly to proceed and agreeing on MIPs (inspection points)
  • TRR: Chairing Test Readiness Reviews to ensure that adequate preparation has been taken to enable commencement of equipment testing
  • TRB: For internal testing, Chair the Test Review Board, review results and ensure Non-Conformances are captured
  • DRB: Ensuring adequate and timely preparation for the Delivery Review Boards has been achieved to allow delivery of Equipment to Airbus

General Duties throughout the Life Cycle of the Product

  • Work in a team environment providing valued inputs, calling upon any specialist knowledge as appropriate.
  • Proactively seek to implement lessons learned
  • Negotiate with external Customers on quality issues
  • Review Company Standards and proposing changes where necessary
  • Chair Non Conformance Review Boards [NRB] to resolve issues efficiently
  • Produce and report NCR statistics to allow Project level decisions for prevention
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Equipments head of quality


In order to be eligible for this apprenticeship you must have a minimum of either:

  • 3 A Levels, Grade C or above (to include Mathematics)
  • BTEC Vocational Qualification at Level 3
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • OR equivalent qualifications

Successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Good Communication and facilitation skills
  • High competency in problem solving and teamwork
  • A passion for and knowledge of the space industry
  • Quality mindset

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: JR10086788
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