Mechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship 2022

Closing date
22 Dec 2021

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
MBDA Mechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6), Stevenage
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to join an accredited Mechanical Engineering scheme that has developed some of the leading engineering apprentices in the UK. We offer a four-year programme to achieve a Product Design Mechanical BSc (Hons). Our Apprentices learn about all aspects of Mechanical Engineering in MBDA through rotational placements, so that by the end of the 4 year programme they decide where in the function they chose to start the next phase in their career.

ME is involved in all aspects of the product life-cycle; from early development and research, through to in service support. This opportunity will give you the foundations on which to build the expertise required to design, make, and test the next generation of missile system hardware. Working in a Mechanical Engineering team you will develop and support the mechanical aspects of our products, from airframe structures to ground support equipment, throughout their life-cycle. Mechanical Engineering teams strive to meet the required timescales of each of our projects and how best to optimise performance, whilst also keeping control of cost.
The Opportunity
You'll see all aspects of Engineering from a mechanical perspective, from computer aided concept design, simulation and modelling to hands on testing, and manufacture and assembly. Starting on more basic tasks, as you increase in confidence and your studies progress you'll get involved in more complex projects in an increasingly autonomous environment - but always with the support and guidance from world leading technical specialists in their field. During your placements and university studies you will be exposed to more than just mechanical engineering. You'll develop the skills required to work as part of a multi-functional project team, regularly working with colleagues from other areas such as Electronic & Environmental Engineering.

Through your placements, you'll experience:
  • A truly diverse Mechanical Engineering function which takes ideas from Theory to Design
  • some incredible niche areas that are unique to MBDA
  • key engineering design and analysis skills
  • Understanding material properties
  • 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 an interest in hands on Engineering coupled with a strong aptitude of problem solving and a passion and well-grounded understanding in mathematics and applied sciences. This is a great opportunity to work with state of the art technologies which also opens up many opportunities for progression after your apprenticeship - such as: people manager, technical specialist, project manager, and beyond.
Programme Structure
Our Mechanical Engineering degree apprenticeship is a 4 year course where you will study towards a fully funded Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. You will study for this qualification on a minimum of one day release per week, at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.

During your first 2 years you'll benefit from a fixed set of placements, rotating departments to give you a good insight into the basics of Mechanical Engineering and related departments in MBDA.

Years 3 and 4 you'll get to pick the placements that you would like to do (from a defined list of options and based on availability), as well as have the option to do an 'external' placement in another function or with a supplier/external agency.

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

Typical placements include:
  • Mechanical Design
  • Mechanical Future Concepts
  • Actuation Systems
  • Mechanical Analysis
  • Materials and Processes
  • Environmental Engineering

We will help you to achieve Professional qualification through the IMechE, IET or RAeS.

Study on this apprenticeship will be a blend of virtual and face to face.
Entry Criteria
This role has specific qualification level and subject criteria - please make sure you carefully check your eligibility against this criteria as we cannot consider applications from anyone that does not meet the following requirements:

5 x GCSES Grade 9 - 4 Achieved

To include: Maths & English Language & a Science / Technology subject (all sciences or IT included) Grade 9 - 4 Achieved

In addition to:

120 UCAS Points

Achieved through either:

Alevels: 3 x B's (or ABC) including Maths AND Physics or Technology or Engineering subject


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering minimum DDM including a Distinction in Further Maths module.
Why consider us?
MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We're here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families - the UK's work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

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