Graduate Thermal Engineer - Airbus

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£27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000
South East, Stevenage
Apply by:
18th November 2018
Start date:
September 2019
Job type:
Graduate 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 thermal engineering and hardware group is responsible for the analysis, development and test of spacecraft thermal control systems, in support to the various Airbus Defence and Space groups, as well as detailed design analysis and test of spacecraft equipment, such as antennas and mechanisms. The responsibilities usually span the full project life-cycle from early conceptual design support through qualification and up to final delivery to the Customer.

Typically, the work of the department involves defining the concept design in cooperation with the project architects and designers, and creating a mathematical model representing the thermal properties of the system. The model is used to evaluate the design, through calculating the performance of the system, and to enable detailed definition of the hardware elements. In the latter part of a project lifetime, the emphasis moves from theoretical analysis to support-to-manufacture and thermal testing of the system. At spacecraft level, integration and testing can take place in various locations throughout Europe. At equipment level, the facilities in Stevenage are generally used.

The role for the graduate thermal engineer is to support the varied work of the thermal engineering and hardware group such as on large ESA science projects like the ExoMars Rover module. This includes rotating within the department around the different thermal product areas over the two year graduate programme. There will also be an opportunity to get involved in thermal testing work within the first few years of the role as well as taking ownership of an internal Process Improvement task with the support of a senior engineer.

Main activities of the role:

• Supporting a lead thermal engineer to build and analyse thermal models to customer requirements.
• Modelling thermal analysis investigations and analysing results using MATLAB and Microsoft Excel.
• Supporting the sizing of the thermal control system and performing design trade-offs.

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.

Relevant degree disciplines:

• At minimum, a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics or related subject.

Technical / IT / Behavioural / Language skills required:

• Experience of programming; e.g. FORTRAN, Python, JAVA, C++, C, C#, Visual Basic.
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and MATLAB, including advanced proficiency in Excel, ideally for the use of analysing results.

Experience required (e.g. work experience / clubs / societies / charity work / hobbies etc.): ¤ Desirable if have some work experience and/or internships, can be in unrelated field.

Any other information: ¤ An interest in space essential. ¤ Good problem solving and team working skills. ¤ Excellent presentation and written and verbal communication skills, including report writing.

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.

Applications will be accepted from 17th September 2018 - 11th November 2018.

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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