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Software Engineer 12 Month Internship (Edinburgh)

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Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. Spun out of General Electric in 2015, we deliver and support open modular solutions developed to upgrade and enhance the growing data, analytics, communications and sensor processing capabilities of our target applications. This, together with our 700+ professionals’ unwavering focus on our customers’ success, reduces program cost and risk, allows technology insertion with affordable readiness and enables platforms to successfully reach deployment sooner and with a lower total cost of ownership. With an active presence in a significant number of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most.

We’re a leader in one of the most exciting industries in the world. We continually push what’s possible with the latest technologies, and respond to the most mission-critical needs of our customers. We’re looking for people in a variety of roles – but they’ll be special kinds of people. Could you be one of them?

This is how we serve.

At Abaco, we never forget those who serve and why what we do is important.


The purpose of the role is to experience software development on Abaco’s range of NETernity switch networking products.  The duration of the role is for 12 months, and you must be able to start at the end of July/beginning of August depending on the intake date.


Our Software Engineers are responsible for the design, development and test of Abaco’s OpenWare switch management suite, which forms the heart of all Abaco’s NETernity network switch products. In this role, individuals will have the opportunity to gain exposure to all aspects of development in our Edinburgh based networking innovation centre.

Software development mostly uses C programming and is targeted at variety of hardware platforms which include PowerPC and ARM processors and switch fabric SOCs from vendors such as Broadcom and Intel, running our own custom GNU/Linux distribution based around Yocto. As a software intern you will be part of the OpenWare team, which is responsible for the complete software stack, working alongside Product Managers, Production/Test and Electronic Engineers to provide an exceptional software product for our military and aerospace customers.  The twelve month internship will allow you to discover what we do and how we do it, and for us to learn from and about you.  Our previous interns are our first port of call when looking for new graduates and our graduate scheme recognises the knowledge and experience that our returning interns bring back to the business.

At Abaco, we know that our people are our strength and we have a great mix of young talented people, supported by experienced senior engineers.  We’re a team with a common goal. We are passionate about what we do and rely on innovation and being open-minded to help us succeed.  We’re not just given responsibility – we’re actively encouraged to make things happen.  Oh, and – we have fun. If that sounds like your kind of organisation – why not join us?

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop new features for the OpenWare Switch Management software
  • Work within the software team to support various software and hardware product releases.
  • Gain knowledge of project tools and processes, e.g. DOORS, P4V, JIRA, Confluence, static code analysis, Agile and others
  • Produce clear, concise written reports and instructions to enable other engineers to follow/repeat a process
  • Demonstrate initiative and enthusiasm for the involved technology
  • Get involved in requirements analysis & management
  • Implement and test software and automated test applications
  • Perform and understand software integration and verification

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Studying, or intending to study for, a degree in; Software Engineering, Computing for Real-Time Systems, Electronics and Software Engineering or similar (but not IT-based degrees)
  • Desire to develop engineering skills in software or automated testing.
  • Understanding and interest in applying software to military and aerospace products.
  • Good problem-solving and creative solution-building skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with GNU/Linux
  • Knowledge of Ethernet and TCP/IP networking would be beneficial

Desired Characteristics:

  • Ability to contribute effectively to team-working and group discussions
  • Ability to work to timescales, achieve personal deadlines and contribute to team deadlines
  • Methodical approach, including checking of own work.  Maintain an enthusiastic, organised and positive attitude to work, with a polite, respectful and professional demeanour at all times.
  • To provide effective communication, both verbal and written (internal and external).
  • Ensure business activity is conducted in line with company values, policies & ethics code of conduct.
  • Proactively promote and support the company’s compliance with Health and Safety legislation.

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  • Ongoing
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Edinburgh
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