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Systems Engineering - Software Degree Apprentice (Level 6) - Bristol

Our Systems Engineers love to bring things together. Without the work that they do, our entire weapon system wouldn’t do what it needed to do, when it is needed most.

Our products need many elements to make them work, many departments to make those elements function as best they can, and forward thinking systems engineers to bring together these elements and functions to ensure that our products are delivered to our customers to the high standards that they have come to know us for.

Our Command and Control Weapon Systems team are effectively crafting the hub of each of our products, predominantly in the maritime and land vehicle weapons space.

What is the opportunity?

This apprenticeship is a great opportunity to learn how weapon systems work – how they communicate with each other – and to understand how we take products from feasibility through to development and then through to delivery.

Through this four year programme you’ll be building up knowledge and contributing to teams working on products at any stage of the product lifecycle – building up your knowledge to become a future team leader or technical specialist. We’ll help you shape the career that you want.

On any given day you could be involved in Design work, Future Concepts, Testing, Verification and Validation activities or supporting trials activity. The team work with technical specialists in multiple areas of the business, and we need to be comfortable with working with lots of people, but also lots of detail – often of a highly technical nature.

Programme Structure

You will study for a BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions at Weston College fully funded by MBDA. From day one of joining, you’ll attend college 1 day per week of your working week and study will be face to face.

The majority of the four year scheme will be spent with, and supporting, the Command and Control Department with rotations lasting for 6 months at a time. You’ll have the opportunity to complete three of these rotations outside of the team, two of them will be in Software related departments and one in an area of your choice.

Our team works closely with Software and Algorithms teams which means our apprentices get the opportunity to work with them too. Depending on projects we are working on and which phase of the product lifecycle, you could also work on Trials, the Human Factors team and Network Communications and Cyber.

Due to the variety of work, and teams we work with, this role would suit anyone with a keen interest in Software, Maths or Physics.

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 and English

In addition to:

120 UCAS points through A level qualifications to include Maths at minimum grade C


120 UCAS points through BTEC Level 3 extended Diploma in Engineering (equivalent to DDM)

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.

Systems Engineering - Software Degree Apprentice (Level 6) - Bristol

Bristol, UK
Degree Apprenticeships
A levels /advanced GNVQ

Published on 14 Dec 2020