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Industrial Placement Systems Engineer 2021


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The 6 month – 1 year Industrial Placement Programme

Our Industrial Placement Programme is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills you require to become an engineering or business professional of the future. 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 on your placement that you can apply to your academic studies and future career.

At Leonardo we value individuals who continuously demonstrate a dedication to their personal development, and successful completion of an Industrial Placement with Leonardo can lead to an offer on our Graduate Development Programme.

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How this role fits in

As an Industrial Placement Systems Engineer, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary, multi-skilled group contributing to the solution of real-life engineering problems on state-of-the-art avionics sensor systems, such as:

  • The radar for the Typhoon fighter jet
  • The radar for the SAAB Gripen fighter
  • Our family of Surveillance AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radars
  • An IRCM (Infra-Red Counter Measures) system
  • Our laser target designator or laser ranging systems

Systems Engineers are involved in all aspects of design and development; from initial product design through to in-service support. Systems Engineers look at the big picture, they determine how all the part of the system need to operate and interact to produce the required overall operational behaviours.

Systems Engineers also dive into the deepest level of detail – taking the system piece-by-piece and defining its design down to the finest point. Our Systems Engineers can also actively engage in R&D, developing new concepts and conducting fundamental research into our future technologies.

Role Description

Utilising the latest technologies, Leonardo delivers a world leading portfolio of products to meet the exacting demands of contemporary operational use of high performance Radar and Electro-Optic systems, and as an Industrial Placement Systems Engineer, you will have the opportunity to get involved in one or more aspects of our product development. You will report to an experienced engineer who will provide day to day guidance and on-the-job training. You will report to an experienced engineer who will provide day to day guidance and on-the-job training. You will be introduced to the systems engineering development processes and utilise state-of-the-art methods, technology and tools.

Particular emphasis will be placed on learning practical skills that may not be easily gained or experienced in the academic environment of a university.

Key Responsibility Areas

As an Industrial Placement Systems Engineer, you will have the opportunity to be involved in supporting a wide range of tasks across multiple projects/products. Core activities include:

  • Requirements capture, design documentation, verification and validation.
  • Algorithm design and test.
  • Performance modelling; building physics-based models to rest our designs in silico.
  • Data analysis; end-to-end systems analysis using synthetic and 'real world' data.
  • Applied research; from product improvements to blue-sky thinking.

How will we support you?

Leonardo values their people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary & relocation allowance (subject to eligibility)
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private healthcare options
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers (including gym membership)
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site
  • Free on-site parking.

Nationality and Security Clearance

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.


All of our Industrial Placement roles require a minimum of a predicted 2:1 grade in a relevant degree discipline. For technical roles please note that our preferred degree disciplines include Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or other STEM subject degrees.

Highly desirable

  • Experience of programming beneficial.
  • Relevant project work and/or placements in industry are beneficial but not essential.
  • You must be able to apply your knowledge of science and engineering to real world problems as part of a team and as an individual.

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