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Industrial Placement Aerospace Engineer


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The Opportunity

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.

Exciting early career opportunities at Leonardo

Your story starts here.

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.

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

Typically your placements will consist of two, six month placements within the Engineering function. We will try to align these placements to your skills set/interests as much as possible. The Industrial Placement within Leonardo will give you the opportunity to gain practical experience in Aerospace Engineering environment, working on live projects/programmes, within a team of highly skilled and experienced engineers.

What you will do

We are currently looking for an energetic 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

Key Responsibility Areas:

The day-to-day tasks of an Industrial Placement can include;

  • Learning the skills required to become a professional Systems Engineer
  • Working to timescales
  • Working as a contributory engineering team member (with support)
  • Undertaking day-to-day engineering activities with some guidance and support
  • Asking for support where appropriate and learn from more experienced team members
  • Contributing to engineering team decisions, and understand why such decisions are made and their relationship to project success criteria
  • Explore new experiences and opportunities to learn within the engineering environment.

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 in the future.

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 which includes having a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.


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

Desired skills:

  • Motivation and confidence to work in a dynamic programmes environment
  • Works well in a multi-disciplined, cross-functional team.
  • Good communications skills at all levels, both written and verbal
  • IT literate (inc. SAP, Microsoft Office & Project)

Personal qualities: 

  • Tenacity, fresh thinking and enthusiasm
  • Analytical Mind
  • A strong team player
  • Conscientious and keen to learn
  • Flexible in terms of working hours and overseas travel

What you'll get:

  • Flexible working: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life through flexible hours and part time options
  • Custom working: The role may be a mixture of home based and onsite
  • Flexible benefits: Our company-funded approach to flexible benefits allows employees to make choices appropriate for them. Each employee has access to a wide choice of lifestyle, health and wellbeing options best suited to their individual lifestyle goals.
  • Network groups : To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion we have network groups for: Carers (employees caring for families or friends) Enable (supporting people with disabilities) Equalise (development of a gender balanced workforce) Pride (promoting equality for all LGBTQ+ individuals) We also work in partnership with AFBE (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers).
  • Training : Free access to Coursera which provides more than 4,000 online courses
  • Continuous Learning : You will be supported in your ongoing professional development though training and mentoring
  • Investors in People : We are proud recipients of the Investors in People Gold Award
  • Employee Assistance Programme : Providing free and confidential mental health support
  • Generous annual and flex leave in addition to bank holidays

This is a great opportunity to bring your talents and form an integral part of Leonardo’s future. We can help you develop your skills and offer great opportunities to develop and grow, so why not join us.


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

Diversity Statement: 

We are relentless about inclusion. We understand an inclusive environment is one that welcomes everyone as they are. We see diversity as a strength. We still have some way to go to achieving diverse teams across our whole business. We would like you to be part of our journey to creating that better balance and welcome applications from all individuals from all walks of life as we build a stronger company together.

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Job ID Number: 004007
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: March 24th, 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • 1 year
  • Yeovil (Somerset)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerospace
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
  • Systems

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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