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Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation Undergraduate Engineer 2023



Full Time / Permanent


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

Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation – 10 Month Undergraduate Placement

The Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation (WSSE) department designs and develops leading-edge software applications used to support battlefield simulations for National and International Customers in the Land, Air and Sea domains.

The simulations we develop evolve in-line with the lifecycle of the programmes: from concept demonstrations with customers and stakeholders, to Integration Trials & Training with in-service operators. This means you will get to work with a variety of different teams!

Our simulations are at the forefront of problem solving across a broad spectrum of MBDA’s programmes, focusing on improving MBDA’s Agility and Time to Market.

WSSE is a dynamic department across our Stevenage and Bristol sites with a diverse team of engineers working together to deliver across a wide range of projects at every point in the programme lifecycle. You will have the opportunity to broaden and strengthen your skills from experts in synthetic environments.

The opportunity

Be a part of our development teams developing, integrating and deploying our simulation components across the business. Experience presenting to, and working with, our customers and stakeholders to iteratively improve our products to final delivery.

You will be involved in:

Assisting key projects, alongside highly experienced engineers, across parts of the MBDA development lifecycle

Working with other areas of the business such as Integration & Systems Validation, Human Factors, Future Systems, Customer Support Services and Sales & Business Development

Working directly with customer representatives and military personnel in order to both extend and demonstrate our current and future capabilities

Your role will give you:

Experience of software development methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall

Training for new programming languages and software tools

Experience integrating software applications together and deployment onto hardware environments

Experience exchanging software components with other software and modelling teams

Opportunity to develop and test code within professional software development teams

Opportunity to gain an understanding of the company process for delivering our products to our Customers, including the test and certification process

Entry criteria, Salary and Start Date

Currently studying in a science or engineering subject area such as Computer Science, Software Engineering or Mathematics, or a related subject.

£20,000 salary (pro rata)

10 month placement to start September 2023

Programming experience from degree or personal projects.

Experience of some of the following would be advantageous;

Software Engineering.

System Engineering.

Object-orientated Programming in C-like Languages (C++, C#, Java).

Development Environments (Visual Studio, Eclipse).

Networking & Networking Protocols.

Algorithms (Flight dynamics, rotational geometry).

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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