Degree Apprenticeship

Engineering Undergraduate Apprentice

BEng (Hons) Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering

About us!

The Airbus Engineering Degree Apprenticeship gives you the “university experience” with 3 whole years of invaluable industry experience. Achieve a BEng (Hons) Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering from Swansea University whilst earning a full-time salary and paying ZERO fees to do so.

The world is a beautiful place

At Airbus, we strongly believe a successful business is a responsible business.

This unique 40 month programme not only offers you a degree from one of the most highly-recognised engineering institutes in the country, but together with vocational training and placements in design, manufacturing and quality engineering, you will develop excellent engineering skills recognised across the globe.

You will be studying towards your degree at Coleg Cambria, which is accredited by our university partner Swansea University, and will have a unique opportunity to couple this learning with practical, industry-based work that will take place at our world leading aircraft manufacturing site in Broughton, (near Chester) North Wales.

You will also work towards your professional accreditation with Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status which will set you up for a fantastic engineering career. 

What will you be doing?

During years 2 & 3 your scheme will operate with 4 days a week in placements and 1 day a week on academic leave for your degree. On your placement days you will be working on-site at our Wing Manufacturing Centre of Excellence where you’ll work within a range of different teams. The engineering disciplines you will cover include:

  • Design Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Quality Engineering

Additionally you will gain vital experience working with other support functions such as finance, supply-chain, procurement, logistics and enablement. You will rotate throughout these 3 disciplines approximately every 12-24 weeks.

Some of the work you could be doing includes:

Design Engineering

  • Working as a “Build Support” engineer to tackle issues daily on the production line as well as developing projects/designs that will reduce issues and improve the product.
  • Working in long-term projects such as “Continuous Product Development” to develop designs that will benefit the aircraft of the future
  • Developing digital solutions (e.g. 3D scanning and modeling) for aircraft design using new technology

Manufacturing Engineering

  • Work as a lineside engineer to support build issues with the assembly process, tooling and other industrial aspects
  • Work on future architecture and industrial development projects to improve the way we manufacture the wings of today and tomorrow.
  • Develop new tooling and technologies (e.g. robotics, automation and 3D printing) to improve wing-build by reducing cost, reducing time, and improving efficiency.

Quality Engineering

  • Work lineside to ensure the quality of the product during build. Raise issues and manage multi-functional teams to resolve problems and improve the product quality.
  • Work on aircraft modifications and future projects to develop quality control.
  • Work within the testing and laboratory facilities to develop materials and processes of the future.

About you!

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.

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

  • 112 Combined UCAS points, made up of A-Level Grade B minimum in Maths, and Grade C minimum in Physics or Chemistry, with a further A-Level/AS-Level/BTEC Diploma. 


  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in an Engineering Subject at minimum grade D*D*D*. Or 


  • Access to HE - Minimum 30 Level 3 credits, with 15 in Maths and 15 in a Science or Technology subject. 


  • Baccalaureate IB - Minimum H5 grade in Mathematics, and a minimum H3 grade in either Biology, Chemistry, Comp Science, Physics. 


  • Minimum Grade 4/C English, and Grade 5/B Maths GCSE’s.
  • Or Equivalent Qualifications


  • 37 hours per week //  Half day Fridays!* // 25 days holiday plus bank holidays // Pension // Success share // Plus many more flexible benefits!  

*Please ensure you include a cover letter*

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Job ID Number: JR10144007
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