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Graduate Manufacturing Engineer


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The Opportunity

Do you want to work on real-time projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company? Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection, and sustainable ’smart’ solutions.

Exciting early career opportunities at Leonardo

Your story starts here.

We are a continually expanding company, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of technology. With the majority of our engineers having chartered status, you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals that are passionate about their work.

Leonardo’s Fast Track Programme offers you a permanent position to develop your knowledge and skills in our innovative and practical environment. In addition to working with our highly skilled engineers and business professionals, you will complete a 12 month programme to develop the skills you require to be a leading technical or business professional of the future.

Our 12 month Fast Track Programme

You will be provided with a wealth of development opportunities in both virtual and applied working environments. On our programme you will engage with challenging and exciting project work and deliver innovative business or technical solutions as part of a team of subject matter experts. Throughout the programme you will receive coaching and support from your team to achieve your objectives as well as your personal development goals.

You will gain a wide array of experience in your day to day role and work in Integrated Project Teams to deliver exciting and innovative technical solutions. We are committed to developing our graduates into leading technical or business professionals, and as such we will also support you through your preferred route for Chartership.

At Leonardo we value individuals who continuously demonstrate a dedication to their personal development, and this is no different for our graduates. We have partnered with Coursera, the world leading online training platform that offers around 4,000 courses you can sign up to, according to your professional and personal interests.

Self-directed learning thrives in this environment. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are willing to take on a challenge to fill our graduate roles, and we will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges.

At Leonardo, we are strongly committed to supporting all our people, and, as society and the environment we work in changes, our approach to Inclusion and Diversity continues to evolve and adapt to reflect this. A culture of inclusion goes on to create an environment for greater collaboration, innovation and opportunities to develop as an organisation. If you are willing and able to commit to giving your best performance, you will find Leonardo a very rewarding place to work!

What you will do

We have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Manufacturing Engineer to join the Mechanical Assembly Process Engineering team in Southampton, supporting the manufacture of infra-red detector assemblies.

This is an engaging, hands-on role supporting manufacturing in a cutting-edge environment. It is also an excellent opportunity to develop your career, as the work of the group covers a diverse range of processes – combining hands-on and desk-based activities, offering a wide variety of options for potential future areas of development, dependant on the individual and business requirements.

You will be part of a team of Manufacturing/Process Engineers that will:

  • Monitor yields, defects & process times
  • Investigate defects and yield issues relating to manufacturing processes
  • Define and carry out re-work processes where required
  • Define and carry out routine TPM engineering tasks/process checks as required
  • Suggest and implement process improvements in areas of responsibility
  • Write process instructions, manufacturing routings and supporting documentation
  • Train operatives to perform processes correctly and document training plans
  • Monitor the performance of equipment and processes, including SPC
  • Run capital projects for new production equipment
  • Root cause analysis and problem solving
  • Give input to new product introduction initiatives regarding design for manufacture etc.
  • Conduct regular reviews (manufacturing maturity, product cost reviews etc.)

Example processes supported by the team are:

  • Mechanical assembly (laser welding, vacuum brazing, pressure bonding, gluing (including robotic automation), precision alignment etc.)
    Inspection (including equipment e.g. Optical Gauging (OGP), Co-ordinate Measuring (CMM) etc., microscopes)
  • Vacuum pumping
  • Leak testing
  • Machine shop
  • Spray blackening
  • Electro-plating


Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business which includes having a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.

What we are looking for


All of our roles require (a) a minimum of an upper Second class Bachelors/Integrated Masters degree, or (b) a higher degree, such as a MSc or PhD. In all cases the subject should be engineering, mathematics, physics or another relevant STEM discipline.

We are looking for someone with a combined engineering skillset, who is capable of supporting manufacturing – learning to solve hands-on problems with high-value components, manufacturing processes and equipment – but is also adept at office based data analysis, documentation and communication.

This skillset can be demonstrated by qualifications and relevant hobbies/interests. For example, if your hobbies include any “hands-on” activities such as restoring/fixing electro-mechanical machines, model making, fixing cars, repairing electronics, building musical instruments etc. and you have a STEM degree then we would be interested in hearing from you

Previous manufacturing related experience and knowledge of six-sigma/lean improvement techniques would be an advantage. Interest in learning about and working in a high-value, high-tech manufacturing facility is essential.

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Job ID Number: 003873
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: March 24th, 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Southampton
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Systems

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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