Engineering Degree Apprenticeship 2021


Engineering Degree Apprentice (Level 6)

The Opportunity

Manufacturing Engineering is part of our Operations directorate based at our Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. At MBDA, Manufacturing consists of Assembly, Integration and Test of all our products for the company. The products we make are delivered directly to the customer/end user and therefore Manufacturing are vitally important to the delivery aspects of MBDAs business.

On the Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, you will learn all about our brand new manufacturing site in Bolton. Working in an open plan environment with state of the art manufacturing facility and laboratories, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to join an apprenticeship scheme that has developed winners of some of the most prestigious apprenticeship awards in the UK. The duration of the apprenticeship will be focused on Manufacturing Engineering with placements and your final role reflecting this.

Whilst working, you'll study for a Mechanical Engineering degree at Bolton University, on day release for 4 years, which will be funded by MBDA. You'll do rotational placements for the remainder of the week. This way of studying allows you to earn an academic and nationally recognised qualification, as well as gain a learning experience within a professional and friendly workplace.

So what is Manufacturing Engineering?

Manufacturing Engineers work closely with design to influence the producability of designs. They are also responsible for the ‘how’ we build our products including being responsible for:

  • Any tooling required to build our products
  • Instructions on how to build our products
  • The cost of manufacture of our products
  • The industrial validations of our production lines and our suppliers
  • Day-to-day support of our operators building our products
  • The architecture of the production lines
  • Developing new manufacturing processes

Every day for a manufacturing engineer is different, it is a mix of time spent on the shop floor and office based working. There are also opportunities to travel to other MBDA sites and countries, plus visiting suppliers.

Programme Structure - Years 1-4:

When you start at the company, the first 3 months will be spent in the training room working towards your IPC practical qualifications.

You will then spend the next 3 years working in placements 4 days a week (the other is university day release). Your placements will be in different manufacturing engineering teams including:

  • Circuit Card Assembly
  • Seekers and Datalinks
  • Inert Missile
  • Actuators and Control Equipment
  • Platform Equipment and Cables

In your final year you will do a 12-month-long placement in the area you will ‘graduate’ from the scheme into, as a Manufacturing Engineer.

There are opportunities to do placements at other MBDA sites (although not guaranteed)

During your programme, you'll be completing assignments for both your placement and university as well as sitting exams as you go through - making handling your diary the key requirement for balancing your work load.

You will also get fantastic opportunities to bring your technical knowledge to schools and colleges as a STEM ambassador.

You'll get 5 days paid study days to prepare for exams for each year of your scheme

Study on this programme will be face to face.

Entry Criteria

This role has specific qualification level and subject criteria - please make sure you carefully check your eligibility against this criteria as we cannot consider applications from anyone that does not meet the following requirements:

5 x GCSE qualifications at Grade 4 or higher, to include Maths, English and Science, Technology or Engineering related subject

In addition to:

120 UCAS points through A level qualifications to include Maths at minimum grade C, plus a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics
related subject


120 UCAS points through BTEC Level 3 extended Diploma in Engineering (equivalent to DDM)

All graduates, undergraduates and apprentices at MBDA are required to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to their respective role. Some roles, may be reserved for UK nationals and certain categories of information may be restricted to UK nationals also. To gain suitable clearance individuals will need to have lived in UK for up to 5 years dependent on the level of clearance required

Rewards and Benefits

You'll no doubt have seen all the information on our website about our comprehensive and customisable benefits package, such as our fantastic flexi system. For a reminder of all the benefits you could enjoy click here.

MBDA is committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

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