13/10/2018 Airbus Farnborough GU14 6XN

Graduate Mechanical Engineer (Zephyr)

  • Sector: engineering, graduate opportunities
  • Location: Farnborough
  • Salary: 27,000
Graduate Mechanical Engineer (Zephyr)

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Reference Code 10422489 D EN EXT 1

– Site: Airbus Defence and Space Farnborough

– Target Group:  Graduate – UK

– Work Contract Type / Working Time:  Graduate programme / Full time

– Work Experience: Not specified

– Functional Area:   ENGINEERING / Structure Design & Integration

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 130,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. 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.

Description of the job

Start date: September 2019

Location: Farnborough

Application closing date: 4th November 2018

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.

As part of the continued development of the Zephyr platform an exciting opportunity is available to enable personal development in the field of Engineering. The successful candidate shall have the opportunity to grow, develop and gain exposure in the fields of structures and mechanical systems in this cutting edge project.


Candidates must have a practical scientific / engineering background with an ability to work as a team member as well as occasionally unsupervised on own initiative, have good analytical skills, with the ability to identify a problem, interact with the right stakeholders and provide a solution. The candidate will be expected to contribute to work packages and present results to managers and peers.

¤ Contribute to small sub system design packages interacting with various specialists such as mechanical and avionics engineers to produce a systems design that meets all requirements (structural, electrical, thermal and performance).

¤ Supporting the generation of higher level design documents and specifications through analysis or practical experiments.

¤ Designing and building of test installations and support equipment.

¤ Contribute to the generation of test plans, organising and presenting at test readiness review boards.

¤ Support qualification and acceptance testing, recording/analysing results, presenting at test review boards and generating end item data packs.

¤ Carrying out analysis tasks from flight data.

¤ Supporting test flight trials inside and outside Europe.

¤ Work with Lead System Engineers to ensure compliance with requirements

¤ Support to the Project Managers for successful delivery.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.


¤ Qualified to degree level in Aerospace, Physics, Electronics, other practical scientific discipline or a suitable apprenticeship scheme.

¤ Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.

¤ Reliable in respect of quality and timeliness of deliverable items.

¤ Careful and organised approach to tasks.

¤ Quality conscious working method.

¤ Practical engineer with hands on interests outside of work.

¤ Reliable in respect of quality and timeliness of deliverable items.

¤ Evidence of taking ownership of problems/high level requirements.

¤ Solidworks/Matlab experience would be advantageous.

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

The successful candidate will be subject to UK National Security Clearance in order to undertake related work in accordance with business needs.

This role will be based in Farnborough 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. 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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