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Telecoms Payload Mechanical Systems Engineering Intern (12 months)

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Airbus Defence and Space Ltd.

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 130,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

To stay on top, Airbus recognises the importance of supporting high-achieving and talented undergraduates. We do this through offering challenging internship opportunities during which your skills and potential are fully maximised.

Our internships give a unique insight into potential career paths within Airbus. They are designed so that you can put your theoretical knowledge into practice and gain crucial industry experience. The skills and knowledge you gain will improve your chances of a future role within the Airbus and should benefit your future studies.

Our business designs and manufactures spacecraft's. Our processes focus on delivering a product which has to withstand the harshest of all environments and our communication payloads must operate with high levels of reliability in the most extreme conditions, pushing materials and technology to their very limits.

This role is an opportunity to approach system engineering in a unique context, where you will be able to learn and extend your capabilities in a multi-disciplinary working environment.

The position is based on Portsmouth site which is Airbus Centre of Excellence for Telecom payloads. The position being open in the specific area of Telecom missions, it provides a unique insight into the design, analysis, integration and delivery of a state of the art end-to-end communication system. This includes the telecom payload, but the role will also provide an insight into antenna, platform and spacecraft considerations and also into ground segment elements.

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Tasks & accountabilities

The exact topic of the internship will have to be defined hand-in-hand with the interns and will take into account expectations / skills and abilities.

Typical topics could include:

  • Support to project work: shadow a project’s Mechanical & Thermal engineer.
  • Take part to the nominal activities supported by mechanical system engineering such as mechanical configuration, structural design and analysis, specification and definition of hardware, support to payload integration, test and validation and liaison with customer representatives.
  • Support study / R&D project: carry out a well-defined work package within the Payload Mechanical Team. The topic for research / study will be defined with the mechanical system team leader and could be related to demonstrator and/or new technology.
  • Process; methods and tools: review modes of working on a given topic (proposal; support to design; performance analysis; preparation for AIT; etc.) contribute to the continuous improvement initiatives by assisting in process definition and documentation; in standardisation of methods and in tools development roadmap. This could include the development of a specific / dedicated tool or model.

Typical responsibilities of the full time team members include:

  • Participation in telecom payload proposals/studies
  • System/payload requirements analysis
  • Support trade-offs of payload architectures and interfaces
  • Present design solutions to peers and manager.
  • Support / take part to design justification activities as appropriate
  • Support telecom payload mechanical system configuration
  • Analysis and structural design/verification of payload hardware sub systems or assemblies
  • Support to equipment specification development
  • Design review of payload equipment designs and interfaces
  • Support to validation and test strategy development and specification
  • Support to payload integration/test Liaison with customer representatives and participation in design reviews and meetings.
  • Endorse all aspects of payload mechanical and thermal design.
  • Work at transverse level with other groups such as the Mechanical Design Office, Purchasing, equipment suppliers and Assembly and Integration Test teams.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.

Required skills

Please note our Internships are open to Undergraduates only. Therefore it is mandatory for candidates to be an undergraduate for the whole duration of the placement.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Studying towards an Engineering / Mechanical Engineering degree or equivalent
  • Basic knowledge of computer programming
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, especially Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with modelling tools would be a plus.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 10427190 D EN EXT 6
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Portsmouth
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  • Aerospace
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Software

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