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Systems Engineering Placement - Lightning Direct Effects (12 months)


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About us: 

The EMH Lightning Direct Effects (LDE) group is a highly specialised and transnational team of engineers working within the Airbus Systems Engineering Design Office. 

WE are responsible for providing all aspects of aircraft protection against the direct effects of lightning strike and Electrostatic discharge (ESD) .

WE contribute to all phases of development, from R&T and concept, through development and certification, to inservice support of the growing fleet, and are also involved in preparing technology for the array of Zero Emission aircraft to be introduced in the near future.

Airbus Internships

Do you want to gain valuable experience and take on responsibility from the start? Then apply for an internship at Airbus.

WE operate across all Airbus sites, all Airbus aircraft programmes and all aircraft components (wing, fuselage, empennage) and new interns will be fully integrated into a transnational way of working, encouraged to work with colleagues on all Airbus sites and functions, on a daily basis.

About the Internship Placement

We are passionate about developing placement students to prepare our future, and so whilst you will be given challenging objectives, you will also be fully supported in your mission to fully exploit the state of the art knowledge and techniques in aircraft lightning protection and in doing so develop your technical and behavioural competencies

Our Interns operate in a very challenging environment, where they will be given a real and valued role within the LDE team. During the Internship, you will get the opportunity to have multiple placements working with experienced teams across the Airbus Aircraft Family, from new developments through to in-service Aircraft, as well as working alongside customers, suppliers and manufacturing assembly where necessary.

What will you be doing? 

As an Intern in our team:

  • You will contribute to our work as a System Engineer in the field of EMH Lightning Direct Effects and Electrostatic Discharge within the Airbus Systems Engineering domain.
  • You will be involved in a variety of topics like electro-magnetic hazards, standardisation, electrical architectures, certification, environmental qualification.
  • You may design and define commissioning or investigative tests, with the opportunity to interact with the test laboratories and witness LDE and ESD testing (so cool), concluding such activities with the delivery of analysis of test results and conclusions.
  • You will contribute to development of optimised lightning protection solutions for the design & development of aircraft fuel tank & fuel system protection using latest analytical & test techniques.
  • You will contribute to harmonised design solutions and policies that have aircraft level benefits across multi-programme and multi-components where possible.
  • You will work closely with the fuel systems and structures departments, as one of our main missions is to provide protection to the fuel system. 

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. 

Our placements 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 or Technical degree, ideally Electrical, Aeronautical, Mechanical or Physics based.
  • A natural curiosity and excitement to explore engineering principles and creating solutions based on technical intuition and evidence.
  • An ability to communicate clearly and concisely - collaboration skills within our team are essential.
  • Excellent organisation skills - to plan the use of resources to complete goals and objectives to a high standard.
  • A keen interest in the Aerospace industry and profession.

What’s in it for you? 

By joining our team as an intern you will: 

  • Have the opportunity to work and collaborate with teams across different countries in Europe and worldwide. 
  • Be making a difference through being involved in transformation and change projects for the company. 
  • Improve your chances of a future role within Airbus while also benefiting your studies. 
  • Get the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice while developing new skills.


Flexible working hours // Hybrid working // Half day Fridays! // 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: August 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £20,590 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 12 months
  • Filton (South Gloucestershire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aeronautics
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • Systems

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