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Mechanical Engineer Industrial Placement

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Do you want to work on real-time projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company?

The Opportunity:

Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. We are globally renowned and are continually expanding, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of our 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 in the UK

Today we are at the leading edge of advanced manufacturing. Learn more about the key role we are playing in the development of UK engineering

The 6 month – 1 year Industrial Placement Programme

We have created a programme across our UK site that not only increases your technical skills but gives you the opportunity to work on meaningful real life projects alongside experienced engineers and graduates across our business. You will receive coaching and support to achieve your personal goals and work in multidisciplinary teams to gain as much experience across the product lifecycle from your time in industry, as possible.

Our ultimate aim is to see you through your undergraduate years and hopefully offer you a place on our 2 year Graduate Development programme at an appropriate time. At Leonardo, we have some of the Industry’s most sophisticated technology at our fingertips, and we rely on having the very best employees to maintain our competitive edge. You will be working for a company at the cutting edge of technology, as well as enhancing your skills and business acumen, opening up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your degree can be used.

We value those who continuously ask questions and look to resolve problems through creative and innovative thinking. We will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges.

Job Description

Leonardo are currently looking for a number of high calibre Industrial Placement Mechanical Engineers to be based in Luton, where you will engage in the Mechanical design and development of EW products in accordance with engineering common processes in a professional manner.

The successful candidate must be:

  • Enthusiastic with a desire to develop in the Mechanical Engineering Function.
  • Creative with ideas and recommendations based on sound engineering principals.
  • Team orientated in the working environment with a high degree of personal integrity.
  • Able to challenge ideas, proposed solutions and people in a constructive, positive manner.
  • Mindful of the Business environment.
  • Aware of the importance of cost and schedule.
  • Ethical in their approach to all their undertakings and adhering to core company values.

Key Responsibility Areas

  • Contribute to Mechanical design and development.
  • Work within the integrated project team, providing accurate mechanical engineering output and assisting in the provision of technical information to ensure informed decision making.
  • Support and facilitate reviews.
  • Liaison with other engineering functions for example systems, electrical, quality and production to ensure product & customer requirements are fully satisfied.
  • Perform 'hands on' mechanical design and development using 3D CAD or Analysis software
  • Deliver design solutions against requirements, within budget and timescales.
  • Create documentation to support manufacture, test and inspection of Mechanical items.
  • Manage design documentation through the company PDM databases.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

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 discipline.

  • Appreciate the principals of Mechanical engineering design
  • Ability to problem solve and engage in concurrent engineering
  • Some knowledge of using CAD and Analysis tools
  • Customer focused
  • Appreciate DFx, mechanical production processes and techniques.
  • Business awareness with the acknowledgement of fundamental business principles, drivers and key customers.


  • Knowledge of Mechanical Engineering industry trends new and advancing tools, techniques and technologies.
  • Knowledge of various additive manufacturing technologies.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 001032
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Opportunity Overview

  • March 30th, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Luton (London)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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