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Guidance, Control and Navigation Engineer Undergraduate 2023



Full Time / Permanent

MBDA Missile Systems – Together. For the Future of Defence.

Guidance, Control and Navigation Engineer 10-month Placement

The Guidance, Control and Navigation (GCN) department plays a pivotal role in the concept and life of all MBDA products. We work on high complexity weapon systems and understand how the various subsystems interact and have a direct influence on design decisions. The algorithms we design lie at the heart of the missile system.

We host 4 areas of expertise:Guidance – figuring out a suitable trajectory, meeting customer requirements and system constraints, providing an effective route to target interception and improving the probability of success;

Control – maintaining stable flight while following the guidance demands to drive the missile onto the trajectory calculated by the guidance algorithms;

Navigation – estimating the current missile state (position, velocity and attitude/orientation) using measurements from a range of on-board sensors;

Command and Control (C2) – the component of the weapon system that interacts with the human operator. It presents the context of the mission and calculates the most effective method of engagement against threats.

What’s the opportunity?

Receive support and mentorship to develop a number of core technical skills including coding and modelling, mathematics, dynamics and control theory, utilising tools such as MATLAB/SIMULINK daily.

Work alongside other departments to learn about the complexities of a missile, including propulsion, aerodynamics, seekers, sensors and actuators.

Broaden your technical knowledge of the design and function of a complex weapon system and have visibility of a wide range of work, from feasibility studies through to current high-profile projects.

Experience work within one of the many international teams in MBDA, with the GCN function in Paris and Rome! This doesn’t always equate to travel but you may be offered the option where the opportunity arises.

Your work will involve:

Integrated navigation, such as ‘Terrain Reference Navigation’, and ‘GPS integration’;

Guidance algorithm design and evaluation for all phases of missile flight;

Autopilot and control system design and analysis;

Data fusion to combine data from multiple sensors;

Support to concept and feasibility studies;

Internal Research and Development to support future weapons and technology demonstrators;

Implementing neural networks and deep learning techniques to help solve a range of complex problems;

Our work is mostly MATLAB/Simulink focused which is used daily.

Entry criteria, Salary and Start Date

Working towards a Degree in Aeronautical engineering, Aerospace, Mathematics, Physics, Control and Systems or a related subject

Basic programming/coding knowledge e.g. MATLAB, C, Python.

£20,000 salary (pro rata)

10 month placement to start September 2023

Why choose us?

MBDA is an award winning company; 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.

We’re here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. 

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.



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