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Graduate Electrical Systems Engineer

Salary notes: 
£27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000
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Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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.

  • Start date: September 2020
  • Location: Stevenage
  • Application closing date: 10th November 2019

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 Electrical Systems Engineering team is responsible for design of all the electrical sub-systems on our Science and Exploration spacecraft, from Low Earth Orbiting missions, monitoring the health of the planet, to Deep Space missions including probes, landers and rovers, heading to Mars and beyond. Design activities start with early phase concepts, with responsibility right up to and including launch of the spacecraft, and in-orbit commissioning of the spacecraft systems.


“During my time on the Airbus Graduate Scheme, I worked closely with the spacecraft Electrical Systems Lead in order to gain experience in spacecraft systems design, followed by becoming a member of the electrical test team and operating the spacecraft during the environmental testing. I was able to travel around Europe and South America in support of the spacecraft test and launch campaigns and supported the launch from the European Space Operations Centre as the company representative for the power subsystem. Being able to work for different departments as part of the graduate scheme is great for developing experience and finding work you really enjoy.” Duncan Cowan – Electrical Systems Engineer

Main activities of the role may include;

  • Support to early concept studies, including RF link assessment, data handling, and power and energy balance of the spacecraft.
  • Detailed definition of spacecraft architectures, and equipment, including responsibility for development of new concepts with suppliers, and end-to-end selection, and supply of hardware to the spacecraft.
  • Responsibility for the verification planning and definition, as well as support activities to integration of hardware onto the spacecraft
  • Support to launch preparation, including launch simulations and support to European Space Operations Centre, monitoring and analysing mission telemetry during the launch and commissioning phase.

Required skills :

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

  • Degree in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • An interest in one or more of the following electrical disciplines:
  • RF Communications
  • Power analysis, including sizing of batteries and loads
  • EMC
  • Data handling and communication protocols, including storage and transfer of information
  • Ability to perform detailed analysis and assessment of equipment, sub-system and system performance.
  • Enjoy being intellectually challenged and be able to demonstrate a logical and systematic approach to problem solving and trade-offs
  • Be able to accurately define a verification plan in order to prove functional performance of equipment’s and sub-systems through analysis and/or test
  • Demonstrate a willingness to utilise practical skills including development of test sites, hardware development, and verification.

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.

This role will be based in Stevenage and will receive the full Airbus Defence & Space Graduate programme benefit package including an annual Salary of £27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000.


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 etc. If you wish to discuss this further please contact via email Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence. Airbus 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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