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Mechanical Engineering Degree Apprentice, Stevenage

The Mechanical Engineering team develop and support the mechanical aspects of our products, throughout their life-cycle. They strive to meet the required timescales of each of our projects, whilst also keeping control of cost and how best to optimise performance.

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.

The Opportunity

You'll see all aspects of Engineering from a mechanical perspective. 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 that area.

Through your placements you'll benefit from the breadth and depth of a diverse Mechanical function - from Theory and Design, to Analysis and Application - you'll get to experience some incredibly niche areas! All whilst working in our bespoke facilities. You'll be taking your learning at University and applying it directly to your work.

This role would suit someone with an interest in hands on Engineering and a love of problem solving and maths.

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 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.

Typical placements include:

  • Mechanical Design
  • Mechanical Future Concepts
  • Actuation Systems
  • Mechanical Analysis
  • Materials and Processes
  • Environmental Engineering

Study on this programme 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 GCSE qualifications at Grade 4 or higher, to include Maths, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering subject

In addition to:

120 UCAS points through A level qualifications to include Maths at minimum grade C, plus a Science, Technology or Engineering based subject OR an additional Maths qualification.


120 UCAS points through BTEC Level 3 extended Diploma in Engineering (equivalent to DDM) - including a Distinction in the Further Maths unit

All graduates, undergraduates and apprentices at MBDA are required to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to their respective role. Some roles, may be reserved for UK nationals and certain categories of information may be restricted to UK nationals also. To gain suitable clearance individuals will need to have lived in UK for up to 5 years dependent on the level of clearance required

Rewards and Benefits

You'll no doubt have seen all the information on our website about our comprehensive and customisable benefits package, such as our fantastic flexi system. For a reminder of all the benefits you could enjoy click here.

MBDA is 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.

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Mechanical Engineering Degree Apprentice, Stevenage

Stevenage, UK
Degree Apprenticeships

Published on 4 Dec 2020

Deadline 15 Feb 2021