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Mechanical Engineering - Level 6 Higher Degree Apprenticeship

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22 Jan 2024

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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: £18,000 plus a £3,000 joining bonus

Closing date for this role is midnight on Monday 22nd January

What we can offer you:

Fully funded qualification starting September 2024
Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals and free car parking
Fully supported learning and development programme
Flexible working
25 days annual leave (plus up to 15 days flexi leave) and additional study leave for exams
Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working, but this will depend on project requirements and the need for access to specific site facilities.

The opportunity

There are two streams within the Mechanical Degree Apprenticeship that you may join. We will consider you for both unless you specify an interest in only one within your application.

Customer Support Services

Customer Support & Services (CSS) has overall responsibility for the definition, development and delivery of support and service packages for all MBDA products, with the aim of continually being able to meet the most demanding of our customers' requirements.

This includes:

Developing and implementing affordable and innovative support solutions covering the entire range of prime equipment as well as the support equipment, training, documentation, test benches and simulators required.  This is under the control of the ILS Manager who is supported by a range of skills including supportability analysts, logistics modellers, technical authors and trainers.
Maintaining through life the product support policy for the MBDA product portfolio, up to and including disposal/de-militarisation.
Providing all required support services to our Customers for our in-service products, including ensuring that availability levels are maintained, technical assistance is provided as required, and modifications and mid-life updates are managed and implemented.  This is under the control of the Product Support Manager, who is supported by a range of skills including Field Service Engineers, trainers, fleet planners, asset managers and support engineers.
On this apprenticeship you'll complete rotational placements in

Supportability Engineering
In-Service Teams
Support Services
Mechanical / Electronic Engineering
Human Factors
Training and Field Support Engineering
Technical Publications
Mechanical Engineering

You'll gain vast experience of a product lifecycle which will provide the foundations on which to build the expertise required to design, make, and test the next generation of missile system hardware.

This will cover a variety of Mechanical Engineering, including computer aided concept design, simulation and modelling to hands on testing, manufacture and assembly.

The apprenticeship is designed to educate and develop engineering foundations from which to grow practical and academic skills. As experience increases following training on engineering principles and some basic project work, apprentices can expect to tackle more complex projects in an increasingly autonomous environment.

Typical placements in this stream can include:

Mechanical Design
Mechanical Future Concepts
Actuation Systems
Mechanical Analysis
Materials and Processes
Environmental Engineering
As a Mechanical Engineering apprentice you can expect to gauge an understanding of material properties and how to utilise their unique characteristics in Engineering design they will also learn how to use industry standard design tools such as Creo Parametric as well as simulation and modelling packages: Altair, HyperMesh, and Ansys.

This role would suit someone with a curiosity in hands on Engineering coupled with a creative and innovative approach to problem solving and well-grounded understanding in mathematics and applied sciences. The apprenticeship provides exciting opportunities to work with state of the art technologies and will lead to personal and professional progression to people management, becoming a technical specialist, project manager, or beyond.

Whichever function you end up joining, you'll study for BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree at University of Hertfordshire, for one day a week and the remainder of your working week will be putting in to practice everything you're learning in a real life environment.

Programme Structure

You will study towards a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering degree at The University of Hertfordshire, one day a week with the remainder of your working week putting in to practice everything you're learning in a real life environment via your placements. Course delivery will be a blend of virtual and face to face learning.

Our Apprentices complete a number of placements, so that by the end of the four-year programme they have gained a broad overview and can best decide where in the function they would prefer to start the next phase in their career.

During the third and fourth year there is the freedom to select placements to suit particular areas of interest and developmental needs, supported by an industrial mentor. In addition, there will be a great opportunity to do an external placement in another MBDA function or with an external organisation or an associated MBDA supplier!

During the fourth year the apprentice will complete an individual research project with the option for this to be an industry sponsored project in partnership with MBDA.

MBDA will assist in achieving Professional qualification through the IMechE, IET or RAeS.

Find more details about the course here:

What we're looking for from you:

This role has specific qualification and subject criteria so please make sure you carefully check your eligibility against this criteria before applying. We will not be able to consider applications from anyone that does not meet the following requirements:

5 x GCSES including Maths & English Language & Science/Technology (all sciences or IT) at Grade 9 – 4
In addition to, 120 UCAS points achieved through:

3 B's or ABC at A level including Maths AND Physics or Technology or an Engineering subject.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at a minimum grade of DDM including a Distinction in Further Maths module.
Please note: We look at entry criteria based on your top three full A Levels or equivalent qualifications (BTEC/T Level). We do not include UCAS points gained from an Extended Project Qualification. Additionally, as an employer we set our own entry criteria based on the requirements of this role. This means that the criteria above can differ from the university/college standard.

Our Business

We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

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.


A leading company in the defence industry, we collaborate across Europe to develop cutting-edge defence capabilities that keep our nation and its allies safe. What we work together to achieve is important. And
it gives everyone the opportunity to become the best at what they do – from software and mechanical engineering to finance and business management. As a graduate or apprentice on one of our structured programmes, you’ll become part of a highly skilled defence community and well supported to sharpen both your expertise and your thinking.

We’re recognised as one of the UK’s Best Places to Work (Glassdoor, 2022) and were awarded Gold
status by the 5% Club regarding workplace learning. That’s due in part to our world-class training and development. With us, you’ll have the chance to work with innovative technology and inspiring colleagues. You’ll also benefit from exposure across our hugely diverse organisation.

This is a rare chance to work with and learn from industry leaders, technical experts and bold thinkers at the very start of your career – so that you can shape its direction along pathways you’re passionate about. Explore more and join us.


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