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Systems Engineering Industrial Year Placement Scheme (2020)

  1. United Kingdom, Birmingham, Cranfield, Derby, Hereford, Telford, Worcester, Leeds, Lincoln, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Leicester, New Denham, Northampton, Bristol, Weymouth
  1. Security, aerospace & defence

As a Systems Engineering placement student, you’ll be helping to support and deliver the technical aspects of a variety of engineering and multidisciplinary designs across a range of challenging and exciting projects in the UK and internationally. We operate across a range of markets including Cities & Development, Aerospace, Defence, Security, Energy, Environment & Geoscience, Transportation and Water.

Whether it’s the concept or design of defence equipment, aircraft, IT Systems to airport, bridge, railway station, university campus, nuclear power station or an offshore windfarm, you’ll help us to deliver outstanding projects that respond to the needs and resources of a contemporary world. Whatever your ambitions we’ve a role to match your passion and degree, and help you develop highly sought-after industry skills.

Bright sparks. Ingenious solutions. We’re one of the most respected consultancies in the world. With the Atkins placement scheme, you’re in great company.

Where could I work?

As a placement student you could find yourself in the following business area:

Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (ADS&T)

Industrial year locations: Bristol, Aldershot
Degree requirements: On track to achieve a 2:1 or above (Master’s or Bachelor’s) in Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Control & Systems Engineering, Electrical / Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Engineering Mathematics, Mechatronics & Robotics, General Engineering.

As a Systems Engineering placement student within ADS&T you’ll be able to work with teams across mission critical industries, contributing to the security and resilience of the nation, and exploiting advanced technology to help clients to meet, and embrace these exciting times. This role will see you learn to become a future business leader as part of one of our teams working closely with our clients to first understand their business needs and ensuring they articulate and then correctly capture their needs as robust requirements. Once these needs are captured, you’ll be analysing requirements and developing ways that they can be successfully validated and tested. A core part of the role will be developing Systems Engineering Architectures within Model based Systems Engineering software tools, to optimise the effectiveness of the solution. Within all of this, innovation is at the forefront of everything we do, so all the while you will be constantly challenging the status quo, whilst thinking of novel ways of working and new opportunities.

As a member of the Systems Engineering practice you may have the opportunity to contribute to projects in the following domain areas: UK Defence Equipment and Infrastructure Programmes, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation Programmes, Aerospace. These projects will see you working with Principal clients such as UK Government Departments & Agencies, Airbus, BAE SYSTEMS, Cobham, Babcock and other major UK and international companies.

What are we looking for?

• Passion and understanding for working in a consultancy environment, with the ability to work with clients and internal stakeholders
• Drive and determination
• Excellent communication and relationship building skills, with the confidence to work on your own initiative or as part of a multidisciplinary team
• Ability to apply your technical knowledge to analyse problems and create innovative solutions
• An interest in developing digital and technology-based solutions

What are the benefits and rewards?

When you join us, you’ll be empowered to be the professional you want to be, working on projects you can feel proud of.

Our benefits, to name a few, include:

• dedicated support from your line manager who will create personalized objectives with you, so you can get the most out of your time with us to support you with your studies and beyond
• our top performing placement students have the opportunity to be nominated straight onto our Graduate Development Programme
• a competitive salary

Click here to find out more, or alternatively, if you’d like to speak to one of our current graduates click here!

How do I apply?

Please click the apply button now to start your application journey! As an equal opportunities employer we value applications from candidates of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. For further details on our recruitment process, please refer to our website.

We want you to perform at your best at each stage of our recruitment process and can make adjustments to ensure this. So, whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not, or would simply like to know how we can support you better, please contact us confidentially on

Our deadline for applications is Monday 6th January 2020. Some of our opportunities are incredibly popular, so to avoid disappointment (where some roles may close earlier) we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

NB: This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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