Engineering Industrial Placement at BAE Systems

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Application Deadline
31st March 2021
North West Scotland South West
Barrow-in-Furness, Glasgow, Yeovil, Hillend, Filton, Samlesbury, Warton, Portsmouth, Glasgow, Dorchester, Broad Oak
Role May Involve
Computer and Systems Engineering Electronic and Electrical Engineering Engineering Mathematics/Statistics Mechanical Engineering Physics

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Engineering Industrial Placement

Start date: June 2021

If you have the talent, now is the time to put it to the test. We have approximately 90 one-year placements available each year and they all offer you the chance to develop new skills and gain invaluable industry experience in the real world.

You can choose to join us on an industrial placement in one of the below disciplines:-

  • Operations Engineering
  • Human Factors Engineer (Locations: Samlesbury/Warton)
  • Metrology Engineering
  • Software Engineer – Yeovil, Hillend, Filton
  • Modelling and Simulation Engineer – Filton
  • Product Safety Engineer (Location: Barrow in Furness)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineer (Locations: Portsmouth, Glasgow and Barrow in Furness)
  • Systems Engineer (Locations: Dorchester, Filton, Portsmouth and Broad Oak)
  • Support Engineer - Filton

Metrology Engineering - Overview & Accountabilities

Follow your passion with the following responsibilities

The core duties of the Instrumentation Calibration Services department are wide ranging, they include but are not limited to:

  • Calibration and maintenance of test and measurement equipment in line with programme, and commercial requirements including where UKAS accreditation is required
  • Collection, managed storage and delivery of calibrated equipment for internal and external customers
  • Operation, management and maintenance of the calibration and Nuclear Instrumentation facilities under the ownership of Instrumentation Calibration Services
  • Storage, Management, Preparation, Calibration, Readout and delivery of information from Radiation Shield Survey and Experimental Passive Dosimetry
  • Maintenance, installation, operation and removal and a distributed active radiation monitoring system (Gamma and Neutron)
  • Maintenance and operation of handheld Gamma and Neutron test and measurement equipment in support of the Secondary Shield Survey

Key Accountabilities:

Instrumentation Calibration Services have several key accountabilities including but not limited to:

  • Advise design, build and site activities with regards to radiation measurement techniques and equipment
  • Advising of design, build and site activities with regards to radiation measurement techniques and equipment
  • Specification, procurement, development, integration, commissioning and, documentation of Software and/or Mechanical Systems and components as part of specialist metrology projects.

Entry Requirements

To join our industrial placement scheme you must be on course for at least a 2:2 Bachelor's degree.


We expect exceptional things of our Industrial Placements. In return, you can expect a generous salary with a comprehensive benefits and pension package, including 25 days’ holiday and flexible leave arrangements, shares scheme, senior mentoring, and product and service discounts.

What we have on offer for you!

Take your first steps in a career that challenges, rewards and evolves. At BAE Systems you’ll be working on exciting, world-leading engineering and business projects from day one. Our placements will prepare you with the skills you need to navigate challenges that bring others to a standstill. We will help you make the very most of your talents. We place great importance not only on what we do, but how and why we do it. We are passionate, collaborative, and take pride in work that helps our customers and communities. Working for BAE Systems, you’ll go home at the end of each day knowing what you do really makes a difference.

Security/ Export Control

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions.

These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Working with us

We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.

Application Journey

  • Application submission - The first step is to submit your application online.
  • Online test - We will invite you to complete a series of online tests. The Applied Intelligence Future Talent programmes will not involve online tests.
  • Virtual Interview – Applied Intelligence - Applied Intelligence Future Talent programmes only, this will involve gamified challenges, video questions and coding if relevant. (The gamified challenges will not be included for the industrial placement and summer internship candidates)
  • Video Interview - We will invite you to an online strength-based interview. Here you will answer a series of questions to help us find out more about you and your strengths. For Applied Intelligence Future Talent programmes only, a live video interview will be conducted from the team.
  • Telephone/Virtual Interview – Due to the current pandemic either a telephone or video call will be conducted. There will be no telephone or virtual interview for Applied Intelligence Future Talent programmes at this stage.
  • Conditional offer made - If you are successful following interview / assessment.
  • Vetting - Security and medical clearances, degree verification.
  • Firm offer made - Following all clearances received, start date confirmed.
  • Start date - Welcome to BAE Systems and the start of your exciting career.

About BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of 87,800 people in more than 40 countries. We help our customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. We also work closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.

We offer three month summer internships and 12 month industrial placements across our business, spanning a range of engineering disciplines as well as business roles including project management, finance and consulting. These programmes provide on-the-job training within a structured framework, offering the opportunity to develop technical expertise and professional skills such as problem solving, business acumen and project management.

How to apply

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