Supportability Engineer Degree Apprenticeship - Stevenage

MBDA Missile Systems

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The Opportunity

MBDA offers a four-year degree programme for Supportability Engineer apprentices to study towards a fully funded Bachelor’s Mechanical Engineering degree. The degree is achieved through studying at the University of Hertfordshire on a day release basis during the programme.

You will work within the Customer support and Services team and other associated engineering departments on rotational placement. This unique way of studying allows you to earn an academic and nationally recognised qualification, as well as gain hands on learning experience within a professional and friendly workplace.

What you will be doing

 This scheme will focus on product lifecycle with a specific emphasis on supportability. Placements within this scheme include:

  • Supportability Engineering
  • In-Service Teams
  • Training and Field Support Engineering
  • Technical Publications
  • Business & Performance (B&P) – (Programme Management)

This will enable you to obtain experience throughout various parts of the products life-cycle (concept through to in-service). The CSS organisation offers you customer facing, supplier and internal working with multiple stakeholders across the business. You will be able to apply your engineering learning and knowledge in all of the various functions through roles / objectives set to support our project teams / functional needs including improvement and adoption of new and emerging technologies.

As an apprentice you will work within additional engineering departments within MBDA which cover the basic principles of engineering listed below;

  • Product Reliability
  • Electronic / Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Human Factors

Again, reinforcement of those skills will be through assisting objectives set to support project teams or functional activities.

As well as challenging placements you will have the opportunity to undertake developmental training:

  • An induction event that allows you the opportunity to interact with fellow new-starters, and integrate into the business
  • 2 x 1 week-long residential courses in Wales to develop skills, such as team working, business communication, presentation and project management skills.
  • 2 day career development workshop at the end of the scheme to assist you moving from an apprentice into the business.

You’ll be provided with formal advice and guidance throughout the scheme by HR, learning & development, managers across the business and a trained mentor.

On commencing employment you will attend an induction event that allows you the opportunity to interact with fellow new-starters, and integrate into the business. You’ll be provided with formal advice and guidance throughout the scheme by Human Resources, engineering managers across the business and a trained mentor.

What are the benefits for you?

  • Fully funded Mechanical Engineering Degree
  • 5 days per year paid study time
  • On the job training and technical support
  • Fantastic opportunities to bring your technical knowledge to schools as a STEM ambassador
  • A range of personal development opportunities
  • Flexible working hours
  • 25 days paid holiday plus all statutory and public holidays

What’s great about joining this team?

  • A breadth of experience and support available which includes a buddy system to welcome you into MBDA, access to the mentoring scheme and regular informal meetings with other Early Careers Programme (ECP) members and managers.
  • You will be working in an assistive and collaborative open plan working environment and laboratories, aimed at aiding your learning and development.

What we are looking for from you?

Candidates must have a minimum of 120 UCAS points either through:

  • a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (DDM or above) in Engineering including a further maths module at M or D 
  • 3 A-Levels – one of these MUSTinclude Maths, in addition to one in Physics or a Technology subject (list of accepted subjects below).


  • GCSE Maths and English at Grade C / Level 4 or above
  • A dedicated attitude and be comfortable taking the initiative.
  • A willingness to learn and apply newly gained knowledge quickly.
  • To be capable of working as part of a team and individually.
  • Ability to balance workload between further education and work commitments.

(technology subjects: Design and Technology, Product Design, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control, Digital Technology)

What you would get:

  • £14,250 starting salary with an annual increase of up to £4000 dependant on your performance in placements and university.  Flexible working hours, paid overtime as required, 25 paid days holiday, a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, company bonus schemes and superb learning and development opportunities.


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