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Electronics Engineer - Summer Placement

Closing date
22 Oct 2023

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Electronics Engineer - Summer Placement

MBDA is a leading defence organisation that is proud to support our Armed Forces in protecting our nations. We collaborate with governments to achieve a shared goal of defending our freedom.

Salary: £20,000 (pro rata)

Closing date for this role is midnight on Thursday 16th November

What we can offer you:
  • 10 or 12 week summer placement starting June 2024
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals and free car parking
  • A placement that allows you to apply your university learning to real-world engineering projects and technologies
  • Flexible working

Working pattern:

You'll gain lots of hands on experience in our labs and as such, time onsite is likely to be full time.

The opportunity:

Join the Electronic Engineering department for a chance to play a fundamental role in bringing together MBDA's missile systems: designing and integrating the electronics that drive our Weapon Control Units, Actuators, Telemetry & Communication Systems and more!

We have a reputation for quality and innovation, and we maintain this by encouraging original ideas, innovative approaches and allowing our Engineers the space to design and produce solutions that meet the challenges.

The MBDA Electronic Engineering Summer Placement scheme is an excellent first step in your early career; whilst in EE, you will work with a range of highly skilled Engineers who want to invest in your development and support you in reaching your technical potential.

Over the course of your 3 month placement you will work with a small team of undergraduate summer placement students to plan, manage, design and deliver a missile related project. How you meet the solution will be down to you and your team members to decide. To help guide you, you will be supported by experienced engineers from multiple engineering fields (Mechanical, Test Systems, Software, etc.). You will also have dedicated mentors to help you both technically and professionally.

The projects provide you with the opportunity to develop you skills and knowledge in one or a number of the following electronics design related skills:
  • Detailed Circuit Design.
  • Analogue and Digital Circuit Test Techniques.
  • Analysis and Characterisation Techniques.
  • Manufacturing (Machining, PCB Manufacture, Circuit Card Assembly).
  • Test & Evaluation of Design.

Programme structure

You will be spending time in the lab, building experimental hardware and in some cases may be writing some software and firmware. You will gain exposure to the schematic design tool we use (Zuken) and will continue to develop your time management and project planning skills. Depending on which project you become involved in, you may also use modelling & simulation tools such as Matlab and Simulink.

You may travel occasionally to visit other MBDA sites, although most of your work will be conducted on site in Stevenage.

What are the benefits for you?

You will be working with highly experienced engineers from a large range of engineering fields. This will allow you to develop and broaden technically and professionally within a multi-skilled team. As well as this, you will have the opportunity to be mentored and coached by experienced engineers in the art of designing electronics for military products.

All the training schemes within Early Careers Pro are accredited with the IET. Registration at Eng Tech level is a possibility for undergraduates who have 2+ Summer Industrial Placements within any engineering industry.

Whilst on the EE Summer Placement Scheme you will work with a wide range of our hardworking and experienced electronic engineers in a friendly and encouraging environment. This offers one of the best ways to commence your career and set yourself up for success.

You will experience working independently, working in focused electronics teams, and working in dynamic multi-disciplinary teams, where you may be exposed to mechanical, software and servomechanism design, and you will have to work closely and directly integrate with them.

Each of these environments will provide invaluable knowledge of the company and our engineering processes.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Working towards a Degree in an Engineering, Software, Physics or Maths discipline.
  • A practical knowledge of software development would be helpful, but not essential.

Our Business:

We value new perspectives, collaboration, and diversity. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

We encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.

Please Note: MBDA UK Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.

Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above.


Together. For the future of defence.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to the UK and their allies. Regarded as one of the most trusted suppliers of defence solutions in Europe, we have a relationship with the UK military spanning back over 70 years.

Whether it’s designing a future concept for the British Army, managing the procurement of a missile component or harnessing their expertise in software in order to integrate one of our products on to the newest fighter jet, all of our employees are a part of delivering a more secure tomorrow.

In addition to being the only defence company on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2022 list, MBDA are also recognised nationally with three Investors in People Gold Awards (People, Apprenticeships, and Wellbeing), a top 10 finisher on the Best Big Companies to Work For 2022 league tables.   

For the latest vacancies, employer updates and stories from our people, make sure to visit and bookmark our MBDA UK Careers site.

Our Values 

Our values are at the core of everything we do and shape the culture of our organisation. No matter what role, our people from leadership to entry-level encompass these values knowing that they are working towards the same common goal, sharing a bigger purpose in order to protect national security and enable strategic independence.

Through promoting change with Innovation, taking ownership through Commitment, building trust through Integrity, inspiring others through Passion and encouraging collaboration through Team Spirit, we have created a place where people feel connected with each other and valued in our community.



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