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Industrial Placements - Core Engineering

Yeovil, Somerset. Open to all STEM.

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The Opportunity

Our Core Engineering Industrial Placement Programme caters for enthusiastic Core Engineering Undergraduates who are interested in rotary aircraft to join Leonardo Helicopters for one year.

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Programme Description

Looking for a great start to your career in technology, earning and learning on a professionally accredited, award-winning scheme? We are looking to recruit the experts of the future on to our Industrial Placement Scheme.

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.

How this role fits in

Leonardo represents a unique opportunity for a career-minded person to have the best of both worlds; a challenging role with career development prospects and a quality of life that is hard to equal.

As one of the leading helicopter manufacturers in the world, Leonardo Helicopters is part of the multi-national Leonardo Group of world class engineering companies.  Leonardo Helicopters designs, develops and manufactures an unrivalled range of the most advanced helicopters, rotary wing technology, also developing mission and performance critical systems. Our helicopters are used extensively in civil and military roles worldwide. Primary operations are in the UK, Italy, Poland and the USA.

What you will do

Role description

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. You will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is manufacturing & supply chain.

We are currently looking for an energetic Core Engineering Undergraduate, who would:

  • Perform defined engineering design and analysis tasks, required for project, process and departmental purposes using established methods.
  • Develop and integrate engineering solutions from given broader design concepts and schemes. Gather and collate relevant technical and commercial information, as directed, to potentially aid/influence design and technical solutions.
  • Perform defined simulation, modelling, testing and assessment activities to ensure that the engineering solution meets customer requirements.
  • Assist with the creation of test plans and participate in sub system and system testing, using defined test procedures, to support the design, development and qualification process.
  • Assist with the development of new technologies, methods, and procedures for business benefit.
  • Produce standard engineering documents, reports and qualification statements within agreed formats for work undertaken.
  • Investigate assigned customer and product issues to produce a recommendation for their resolution.
  • Understand the contribution that your activities have on the improvement of overall aircraft capability.
  • Perform engineering tests that comply with required processes and procedures, to produce valid engineering data to support the design and qualification process.
  • Perform assessment activities to ensure that the engineering solution meets customer requirements.
  • Identify and develop improvements to methods and procedures used in your activities.
  • Support the interpretation of system and user requirements to develop the Air Vehicle Specification.
  • Ensure that planned tasks are consistent with the methods by which specification compliance will be demonstrated.
  • Represent the Engineering Directorate in cross business discussions involving a product or aircraft sub-system.

What we are looking for


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.

Desired skills:

  • Organisation skills
  • Ability to prioritise tasks
  • Willingness to engage fully within the business.
  • Industry experience beneficial but not essential
  • Interest in engineering and aircraft
  • Adaptability
  • Confidence
  • Team working skills
  • Time management
  • Proactivity
  • Attention to detail

Qualifications required:

  • To apply, you’ll need to be on track for achieving a 2:1 bachelor’s degree in any STEM subject

Highly desirable

We are always looking for candidates who show a real interest in the organisation, as well as a desire to succeed in their chosen field.  In this instance, we wish to hear from candidates who have a keen interest in pursuing a career in Engineering at Leonardo Helicopters upon completion of their education.  Self-motivated individuals who are looking to grow and develop with the company are urged to apply!  What makes you stand out from the other candidates?

How will we support you?

The organisation will assist your development to become an outstanding engineer and our one-year Programme allows undergraduates to complete projects designed to provide practical experience within the organisation.

Leonardo values people with a passion for technical analysis, judgement and problem-solving.

We reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary
  • 25 days holiday and ability to earn flexi-leave
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • A thriving social network exists with regular organised social events to integrate new trainees

We recruit on a rolling basis so don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.

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