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Process Improvement Placement (13 months)


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About us: 

This role is part of the Stress and Thermal Team, which is an integral part of the Mechanical Design Office, based in Portsmouth. The team works to validate and provide justification on the flight worthiness on exciting space applications! We are currently working on multiple process improvement initiatives to streamline our workflow, remain competitive in the dynamic market and we need your help!

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

Airbus pioneers sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world. The Company constantly innovates to provide efficient and technologically-advanced solutions in aerospace, defense, and connected services. Airbus is also a European leader in defense and security and one of the world's leading space businesses.

The Portsmouth Mechanical Design Office (MDO) is responsible for the design of the physical layout of the Satellite payload, for the design of equipment and the waveguide interconnections between these components.

As part of the MDO, the Stress and Thermal Group performs detailed hand calculations, FE analysis of waveguides, equipment and ancillaries to validate their uses on space flight. We are constantly looking at new ways to improve our analysis process and develop new technologies; to save time and cost, whilst improving the quality of our results and the range of our products.

What will you be doing? 

During this placement, the activities you may undertake will include:

  • Becoming familiar with the processes of providing Stress and Thermal Justification of satellite components.
  • Developing your understanding of Finite Element Methods and Stress Analysis for use in satellite application.
  • Understanding and mapping of existing processes with the view of improving them and developing new ones.
  • Creating or Updating existing tools to meet the needs of the stress & thermal team.
  • Contributing to Process improvements and creating new/adding to existing tools.
  • Guidance and supervision will always be available, but you will be given a large degree of freedom and responsibility to develop the project in your own way.

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:

  • Working towards a degree in Mechanical/Aerospace engineering or equivalent.
  • Innovative ways of thinking to contribute ideas on how to improve processes.
  • Ability to work well within a team and to organically solve problems as they appear.
  • Ability to interact with internal & external stakeholders in a professional manner.
  • Ability to deliver to deadlines.
  • Ability to follow processes but also provide feedback on changing them.
  • An understanding of Agile Ways of Working and methodologies like Kanban and Scrum is desirable.
  • An understanding of computational stress modelling is desirable (experience of FE tool usage is beneficial).
  • A good understanding of programming languages is desirable.
  • The nature of the role requires a candidate who is self-motivated, and unafraid to ask the questions necessary to get up to speed in the fast paced and dynamic environment of the Mechanical Design Office.

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
  • 13 months
  • Portsmouth
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  • Aerospace
  • Mechanical

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