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Mechanical Engineering Level 6 Higher Degree Apprenticeship MBDA UK LIMITED

Mechanical Engineering is involved in all aspects of the product life-cycle; from early development and research, through to in service support. This opportunity will give you the foundations on which to build the expertise required to design, make, and test the next generation of missile system hardware.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 17 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    3k Joining Bonus plus annual increase of up to £4000 dependant on performance in placements and college. Flexible working hours, paid overtime, a comprehensive pension scheme, company bonus schemes and superb learning and development opportunities.

  • Working week

    Your contract will require you to work for 37 hours per week Monday - Friday with a flexible working scheme. Core hours tbc.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This 4 year apprenticeship is structured as follows:

  • 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 and related departments in MBDA.
  • Years 3 and 4 you'll get to pick the placements that you would like to do as well as have the option to do an 'external' placement in another function or with a supplier/external agency.
  • During you fourth year you’ll complete an individual research project with the option for this to be an industry sponsored project in partnership with MBDA.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Product design and development engineer (degree) level 6.

You'll see all aspects of engineering from a mechanical perspective, from computer aided concept design, simulation and modelling to hands on testing, and manufacture and assembly. 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 their field. During your placements and university studies you will be exposed to more than just mechanical engineering. You’ll develop the skills required to work as part of a multi-functional project team, regularly working with colleagues from other areas such as electronic & environmental engineering.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Through regular one to ones, development plans and the use of mentors, you will have the opportunity to shape your career within the organisation. We have many senior members in the organisation that started life as an MBDA apprentice.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
A Level or equivalent dependent on role (Grade See MBDA website) Desired
BTEC or equivalent dependent on role (Grade See Website) Essential

Things to consider

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

About the employer

MBDA is the only company capable of designing and producing missile systems to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces over land, sea and air. Through our expertise, we have become a trusted partner to the Ministry of Defence and work closely with the military to ensure that they have the capability they need, in order to protect our freedoms




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Apprenticeship standard

Product design and development engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

1) Application Form 2) Online Strengths Assessment 3) Virtual assessment day with a range of individual and paired/group tasks as well as an Interview

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 17 Feb 2023