Aerodynamics and Propulsion Summer Placement 2019
Bristol, GB
9d ago


Aerodynamics and Propulsion Summer Placement , Bristol

What’s the opportunity?

Joining the aerodynamics and propulsion department for a Summer Placement will give you the opportunity to work alongside a team of highly experienced engineers, at the forefront of missile aerodynamics.

This vacancy presents a rare opportunity to be actively involved in high speed aerodynamics.

Throughout the 10 or 12 week placement you will be working on a tangible placement to enhance your skills.

You will have the opportunity to be actively involved in designing the missiles of the future, learning to use cutting edge aerodynamic techniques with guidance and support from our team of aerodynamicists.

What will you be doing?

  • The primary role of the department is the aerodynamic design of missiles.
  • Stealth, propulsion, thermal and structural aspects all feed in to a multi-disciplinary design approach.
  • We apply our bespoke software alongside commercial tools to evaluate the performance of airframes.
  • Your analysis work will support missile integration onto land, naval and air platforms across the globe.
  • Shorter timescales mean that you will have the opportunity to apply these tools at different stages of missile development from conceptual designs to in-
  • service design modifications.

  • Over a summer placement the projects will utilise a lot of the knowledge gained during your university course and apply this to an industry specific problem.
  • Previous placements

  • There has been a mixture of projects that have been self-contained delivering industry relevant conclusions to the aerodynamic team.
  • The short timeframe offers an opportunity to get a feel for MBDA and the type of work that we undertake.

  • Aerodynamic positions have covered multiple stages of the aerodynamic tool development life cycle, from increasing capability to user support.
  • Through the use of the software the wider aerodynamics team has designed real world projects such as supersonic intake.

  • The integration of airframes on to aircraft is an integral part of the missile systems product. New national customers bring new platforms that have unique flow fields which require analysis.
  • This placement looked at launching an existing airframe from a non-traditional location on a platform under a variety of manoeuvres.

    What are the benefits for you?

  • You will be working on the cutting edge of missile aerodynamics and propulsion, as part of a highly skilled team of specialist engineers, passionate about what they do.
  • The direct application of your degree course to real-world industrial projects. We aim to challenge you to identify problems and come up with your own solutions.
  • There may be the potential for you to be involved in experimental testing at world-class external wind tunnel facilities.
  • Given that MBDA is a multinational company with offices across Europe, there will be opportunities to travel both within the UK and abroad.
  • What’s great about joining the team?

  • You will be joining a team of approximately thirty engineers who form a world class weapon aerodynamic design capability.
  • This team have a broad range of multi-disciplinary skills and are involved in a wide range of activities, providing opportunities for working on and influencing the entire MBDA UK portfolio from the initial research and concept phase, through maturation and development, and into in-service support.
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities which are open to all team members to broaden their skills and enhance their personal development.
  • Who and what are we looking for from you?

  • Working towards a degree in an aerospace engineering or other related subject.
  • To have a passion for aerodynamics and propulsion.
  • A proactive attitude, willingness to learn new skills, and the ability to apply newly gained knowledge quickly to overcome problems encountered.
  • The ability to clearly communicate and present ideas including preparing technical presentations and reports.
  • To be capable of working well within a team and individually
  • What would you get?

    £16,000 to £18,000 Salary dependant on year of study, flexible working, paid overtime, a comprehensive pension scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities and superb learning and development opportunities.

    Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance.

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