Degree Apprenticeship

Test Engineer Degree Apprentice

About us: 

You will join our Spacecraft & Systems Engineering group (5-10 people and wider projects) and report to the Functional Avionics Lead in our Stevenage site. 

The Spacecraft group produces some of our most exciting and innovative products, like the Mars Sample Fetch Rover, Biomass and Solar Orbiter, as well as earth observation satellites. You will be assigned to one of our groundbreaking projects and ensure all functional verification activities are properly executed. 

The world is a beautiful place

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

The Functional Verification team is key to ensuring our spacecraft are successful in space. The team addresses all testing activities set in place for verifying and validating the spacecraft functions. It covers functions implemented by H/W or S/W and ensures that the spacecraft is “fit for customer” & “fit for mission”. 

What will you be doing?

You will be responsible for the complete test cycles covering test specification, test procedure, test execution and assessment. The tests will target both numerical test benches (fully simulated) and hybrid hardware benches. Working closely with the Functional Team, you will lead anomaly investigations when they arise. 

Your tasks and responsibilities will include: 

  • Co-engineering of system validation test specifications. 
  • Establish the necessary and sufficient configuration to perform the FV task.
  • Validation of the functional chains through end to end open loop tests (GNC, DHS, ..) 
  • Validate the nominal and reconfiguration functions of the sub-assembly through closed loop tests 
  • Development of Automated Test Procedures (ATP) against a test specification. 
  • Execution of the ATPs on the various test benches 
  • Test data analysis and Test Report Compilation (in co-engineering with design areas). 
  • Investigation of anomalies and diagnosis (root cause, solution proposal…) 

This role has huge growth potential and will expose you to the following aspects: 

  • Interactions with other design architect/system engineers, AIT and customers 
  •  Schedule, quality, costs and risks for all FV related activities within the Project 
  • Definition of the whole FV strategy for the project. 
  • Contribute to Functional Verification Infrastructure architecture, monitoring the development and procurement of FV Infrastructure 

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.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

  • A curious mind, actively looking for problems / bugs and solutions, gaining an understanding of the mission and how this related to the kit you are testing 
  • Background in playing with hardware / software and willingness to see how things work 
  • An analytic mind, able to process test outputs and correlate with available documentation  

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

  • 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject,
    • AND
  • 3 A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject.   


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

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £19,255 + benefits
  • Stevenage (Hertfordshire)
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