System Engineering Apprentice - Bristol

MBDA Missile Systems

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  • Apprenticeships
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Armed Forces
  • Technology

The Opportunity

To join our Systems engineering team in Bristol whilst studying part-time for a fully funded Digital and Technology Solutions degree at Weston College. You will join a diverse group of engineers, developing Communication, Command & Control components for complex weapon systems.

What you will be doing

The Degree Apprenticeship consists of a combination of on-the-job technical training and time studying a Digital and Technology Solutions Degree.

As a Systems engineer, you will be responsible for the requirement definition, design evolution, qualification and project management of major components, and as such work closely with numerous technical and non-technical domains across the business and other companies. You will provide systems engineering to each of the stages of the product development life-cycle ranging from understanding the required system behaviours from a variety of viewpoints, system design and specification, through to integration, test, and analysis of achieved system performance.

Delivering Communication and Command & Control products requires innovative architecture, technology development, understanding of networks, integration and Cyber security and a strong, joint Systems-Software approach, therefore having a solid foundation in software engineering and/or Cyber Security provides an advantageous skillset for a Systems engineer.

You will also be given the opportunity to experience work placements in other teams with different specialisms, to further enhance your development and give a wider view of other departments within the company.

As an Apprentice, you will have other, non-technical responsibilities, including:

  • Working with other departments in MBDA, Customers, Suppliers and Partners
  • Understanding MBDA, your role and how best to develop your career
  • Updating managers and your team with your progress and personal development
  • Participating in the Early Careers events along with other apprentices and graduates

As well as challenging placements you will have the opportunity to undertake developmental training, including two week-long residential courses in Wales to develop skills, such as team working, business communication, presentation and project management skills. Towards the end of the scheme you will also attend a two day career development workshop.

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, various managers across the business and a trained mentor.

What are the benefits for you?

  • A fully funded Digital and Technology Solutions Degree
  • 5 days per year paid study time.
  • On-the-job training and technical support.
  • Exposure to both systems and software development lifecycle.
  • A great working environment with a supportive team.
  • Fantastic opportunities to bring your technical knowledge to schools as a STEM ambassador
  • Opportunity to travel in the UK and possibly our sites in Europe.
  • A range of personal development opportunities.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • 25 days paid holiday plus statutory and public holidays.

What’s great about joining this team?

  • A breadth of experience and support is available in the department, including: a buddy to welcome you into MBDA; access to the mentoring scheme; and regular informal meetings with other Early Careers members and managers.
  • You will be working in an assistive and collaborative open plan working environment and systems laboratories, aimed at aiding your learning and development.
  • We provide world class Command & Control and Communication products and solutions to deliver complex systems and all-round capabilities to our Customers.
  • The opportunity to work across a variety of projects and engineering disciplines, across the whole development lifecycle, as part of a large international Group.
  • You will develop in several technical and non-technical areas, providing a well-rounded experience and opportunity to shape your career based on your interests.
  • A breadth of experience and support available in the department which include a buddy system to welcome you into MBDA, access to the mentoring scheme and regular informal meetings with other ECP members and managers.

What we are looking for from you?

  • Candidates must have achieved:
  • 120 UCAS points through a BTEC extended Diploma (DDM) in Computing or IT  OR
  • 3 A-Levels, one A-Level within an IT based subject and two others within any subject.


  • Candidates must also have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C / Level 4 or above.
  • Previous coding experience is advantageous but not essential
  • The ability to abstract away from the finer details and see the bigger picture.
  • A good communicator, able to work with a wide range of people (including our Customers).
  • A dedicated attitude and who is comfortable with 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 university and work commitments.

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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