As a graduate you will develop a broad and practical understanding of the aerodynamic and structural engineering challenges and requirements in developing and maintaining fast jet and unmanned systems. Disciplines you’ll cover include structural integration, stress analysis, fatigue and fracture, dynamics, finite element analysis and loads, weights, qualification and certification, build-line, in service, vibration analysis, propulsion integration and stores carriage and release.
The role of Airframe Design Engineer covers multiple different Engineering disciplines, such as Aerodynamics Engineering, Design Engineering and Structural Engineering to give a breadth of experience.
Design Engineers are responsible for producing the physical product definition against a set of system functional requirements from multiple sources. They gain skills and knowledge in areas such as structural, mechanical, electrical and fluid systems to create solutions to satisfy conceptual, preliminary definition, detail design, verification/compliance, build/assembly and in-service support lifecycle phases.
Structural Engineers ensure the airframe is able to carry the loads placed upon it. This is done via structural analysis and testing at various stages of the aircraft lifecycle, including in-service when the aircraft fatigue life is monitored against cleared limits. Structural Engineers are also involved in predicting and monitoring the mass and centre of gravity of the aircraft throughout its lifecycle.
Follow your passion with the following responsibilities
A Graduate Airframe Design Engineer will undertake a broad range of tasks that allow them to develop knowledge of fast jet and unmanned systems, as well as an understanding of the multi-disciplinary inputs and design principles that contribute to the development of such systems. With model-scale experimentation, computational simulation and engineering expertise all feeding into air vehicle design, the role will be fast-paced and dynamic, and the Engineer will take responsibility for the analysis and maturation of the aircraft design from the perspective of their discipline. Tasks involved could be within the following areas:
- Aerodynamic Modelling – static and dynamic
- Dynamic Analysis
- Flutter Analysis
- Flight Mechanics and Flight Dynamics – utilising wind tunnel data
- Flight Control Law Design and Development
- Stores Release and Jettison
- Air Vehicle Performance Estimation – CFD and Empirical methods
- Propulsion Integration – intake and exhaust design using CFD and wind tunnel methods
- Computer Aided Design and Manufacture
- Fatigue and Fracture Analysis
- Stress Analysis
- Finite Element Modelling
- Build and In-service Support
- Mass Prediction and Control
- Aerodynamic and Structural Testing
As a minimum requirement you’ll need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, a 2.2 in your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
What we have on offer for you!
Take your first steps in a career that challenges, rewards and evolves. At BAE Systems you’ll be working on exciting, world-leading engineering and business projects from day one. Our graduate scheme will prepare you with the skills you need to navigate challenges that bring others to a standstill. We will help you make the very most of your talents. We place great importance not only on what we do, but how and why we do it. We are passionate, collaborative, and take pride in work that helps our customers and communities. Working for BAE Systems, you’ll go home at the end of each day knowing what you do really makes a difference.
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These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.
Working with us
We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.