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Our Industrial Placement Programme is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills you require to become an engineering or business professional of the future. On our programme you will engage with challenging and exciting project work, and deliver innovative business or technical solutions as part of a team of subject matter experts. Throughout the programme you will receive coaching and support from your team to achieve your objectives as well as your personal development goals. You will gain a wide array of experience on your placement that you can apply to your academic studies and future career.

At Leonardo we value individuals who continuously demonstrate a dedication to their personal development, and successful completion of an Industrial Placement with Leonardo can lead to an offer on our Graduate Development Programme. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are willing to take on a challenge to fill our industrial placement roles, and we will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges. If you are willing able to commit to giving your best performance, you will find Leonardo a very rewarding place to work!

The role

The role requires an enthusiastic individual who has a passion for overcoming technical challenges. As an Industrial Placement Mechanical Engineer you will form part of a multi-discipline Team of Engineers undertaking the collective objective of advancing our World leading products in the Defence domain.

As an Industrial Placement Mechanical Engineer you will support the design and development of our World Leading Electro-Optic, Communications and Information Systems Products under the guidance of experiences Mechanical Engineers. You will be introduced to state of the art methods, technology and tools to enable you to explore all aspects of the Engineering Lifecycle, including Requirements Analysis, Design, Implementation, Test, Build, Production and in-service support.

This role allows a mixture of on-site and remote working; with attendance at our Essex facility required when Customer requirements dictate.

What you’ll do as a Industrial Placement Mechanical Engineer

You will be responsible for:

  • Acquiring the skills required to work effectively within a Professional Engineering environment.
  • Supporting members of the Mechanical Engineering Team in the delivery of technical solutions that meet our Customer needs.
  • Creating and presenting design data to the appropriate Departmental ‘Best Practices’ and utilising industry leading tool sets.
  • Delivering detailed designs; including numerical calculations, tolerance studies, etc.
  • Producing Manufacturing Data Packs in line with BS8888, including appropriate use of GD&T.
  • Generating piece parts, assemblies and mechanisms within the constraints defined by the Mechanical Lead.
  • Working to meet Cost, Schedule and Quality demands.

What we need from you

Skills, qualifications and experience:

  • Currently undertaking a minimum of a Bachelors level degree Mechanical Engineering (or similar field).
  • Be a self-motivated individual, willing to take on new challenges and drive continuous personal development.
  • Strong communication skills across a variety of mediums i.e. written, verbal, digital, etc.
  • The ability to develop effective working relationships with peers and stakeholders.
  • Adaptable to the ever changing demands that will be encountered within the role.
  • Offer novel ideas and methods for solving technical problems, drawing on personal experiences and knowledge learned during academic studies.
  • Demonstrate relevant project work and/or placements in Industry are beneficial, but not essential.

Life at Leonardo

With a company funded benefits package, a commitment to learning and development, and a flexible approach to working hours focused on the needs of both our employees and customers, a career with Leonardo has never offered as many opportunities or been more accessible to as many people.

  • Flexible Working: Flexible hours with hybrid working options. For part time opportunities, please talk to us
  • Company funded flexible benefits: Access to private healthcare, dental schemes, Workplace ISA, Go Green Car Scheme, technology and lifestyle options (£500 annual allowance)
  • Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays, option to buy/sell leave and to accrue up to 12 additional flexi leave days per year
  • Pension: Award winning pension scheme (up to 10% employer contribution)
  • Wellbeing: Employee Assistance Programme with access to free mental health support, financial wellbeing support and network groups to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion (Enable, Pride, Equalise, Reservists, Carers)
  • Lifestyle: Discounted Gym membership, Cycle to work scheme
  • Training: Free access to more than 4000 online courses via Coursera
  • Referral Incentive: You can earn a reward for successfully referring a friend or family member
  • Bonus: Scheme in place for all employees at management level and below

Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business which includes having a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.

At Leonardo, we are strongly committed to supporting all our people, and, as society and the environment we work in changes, our approach to Inclusion and Diversity continues to evolve and adapt to reflect this. A culture of inclusion goes on to create an environment for greater collaboration, innovation and opportunities to develop as an organisation. If you are willing and able to commit to giving your best performance, you will find Leonardo a very rewarding place to work!