Graduate Mechanical, Thermal & Propulsion Engineer

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

Airbus Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, the Group - comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters - generated revenues of € 64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Description of the job

Our UK Graduate Programme provides exceptional graduates the opportunity to master managerial and technical skills. Over the two year period it combines rotational placements with focused training and the possibility of European assignments as well as further personal development and the chance to build your professional network.

From day one, you will be assigned to a particular department and will be guided through the various placement opportunities that exist within your function, the wider business and even with customers and suppliers. This, along with training provided works to ensure you are ready and experienced enough to take the next step of your career following the programme's conclusion.

The Mechanical Platform (MPF) Group is responsible for the concept, design, manufacture, test, launch and operation of set products that enable the transfer and subsequent operation of either 100 kg spacecraft or 7000 kg satellites to an altitude of up to 35,786 km. Earth Observation, Navigation and Science (ENS) Architects are similarly responsible for spacecraft missions of typically 800 - 3000kg and can involve missions to other planets, such as Mars (a Rover), Mercury and Jupiter in the near future, various Earth Observation, Navigation and Science orbits and Legrange Points for Solar Observation and Astronomy missions. ENS missions push back the boundaries of fundamental scientific research. These products must continue to operate for up to 15 years with full reliability and no servicing! The design approach is further challenged by the need to maintain a nominal temperature while the external environment is varying between -150OC and +150OC and the satellite is surrounded by deep space at a radiation sink temperature close to absolute zero.

These design teams ensure coherence and continual development of advanced mechanical, thermal and propulsion products, aligned with and in co-operation with other satellite system specialists. Once developed these design teams are accountable for continued successful application of our products within a 'projects' environment through to 'in-space' operation.


Main activities will include:

  • Establishing subsystem specification requirements.
  • Verification of requirements by subsystem performance analysis and test.
  • Managing the preparation of detailed design drawings etc.
  • Interfacing with customers, suppliers and spacecraft operators.
  • Supporting R&D activities.

These roles will be based in Stevenage and will receive the full Airbus Defence & Space Graduate programme benefit package including an annual Salary of £26,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000.


Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • At minimum, a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Maths, Physics,
  • Chemistry or related subject.
  • An interest in the space industry.
  • Technical understanding in the mechanical, thermal or propulsion engineering discipline.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good team and leadership skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office.
  • The successful candidate will be subject to UK National Security Clearance in order to undertake related work in accordance with business needs.

Please note the closing date for applications to this position is 25th November 2016.


Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; additional time for written exercises; auxiliary aids; room layout; dietary requirements

Airbus Group is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

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