Design Engineering Graduate Apprentice

Company Details

We work with creativity and passion to develop and deploy advanced technology in the pursuit of security and progress. To deliver value, today and tomorrow.

The Opportunity

Looking for a great start to your career in technology, earning and learning on a professionally accredited, award-winning scheme? We are looking to recruit the experts of the future on our nationally recognised, award-winning Apprenticeship Programme.

You will be working within world class facilities regardless of which site you are based. Dependent on your role, you may be working in an office or lab environment or a combination of both. There may also be opportunities to travel between the Company’s UK sites to meet with colleagues, customers and suppliers.

How this role fits in

Leonardo’s four year Design Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship scheme in Edinburgh is looking for people who understand the importance of communication, who are able to work well as part of a team and also on their own initiative. You will have the drive and commitment to work through difficult problems to find the right engineering solutions.

Role description

You will study at the University of Strathclyde for completion of a BEng (Hons) in Engineering: Design & Manufacture through a mixture of work based learning, distance learning and day release at University. On completion you should have met the requirements for Incorporated Engineer as part of the way to gaining Chartered Engineer status.

We need people who understand the importance of our customers and are ready to commit to working in the business, whilst also committing to a 4 year degree programme.  At the end of the programme, you will work as a highly qualified member of our Engineering community in a discipline such as electronics, mechanical, test, support and systems engineering.

In Edinburgh, Leonardo Radar and Advance Targeting Business Unit, we have a need for our Engineers to support our next generation of Ultra High Performance Radar Systems, Laser and Electro-optical Systems and Inertial Navigation Systems.  You will be working within Integrated Project Teams to provide a Customer orientated focus on the design characteristics and performance. We are a close- knit, skilled team working at the cutting edge of engineering for Aerospace and Defence and you will have the opportunity to get involved in new and world leading development activities.

Who would suit this role?

Leonardo values people that look to always develop throughout their career and along with an eager willingness to learn, a successful apprenticeship with Leonardo involves a drive to deliver results, sometimes from your own initiative, a patience for problem solving, as well as a need to comply with safety instructions and clear process compliance at all times. We view commitment to the programme and learning objectives very highly.

Note: This Apprenticeship assumes the candidate has little professional engineering experience and is NOT suitable for candidates who already have an engineering degree.

What you will do

Your developing engineering and analysis skills will be used across the full equipment lifecycle: from concept and requirements analysis; through design; development; production; test; delivery to the customer; in service support solutions and finally disposal.

Our products cover a variety of technologies including optical, mechanical, low power and high power electronics, digital and analogue control and processing and RF transmission.

You will learn and develop your understanding of the key elements of support processes and Customer operational needs to help develop support solutions using state-of-the-art modelling, simulation tools and test environments.

You will work closely with Systems, Mechanical, Laser, RF, Electronics and Software engineers to identify and avoid real support related problems on complex systems, before they reach the Customers environment.

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in investigation and assessing reliability, maintainability, testability and support solution methodologies to enhance and improve the future capabilities of engineering within Leonardo.

During the first two years of your employment, you will be required to spend up to one day a month at University.  You will:

  • Learn how to design, manufacture and support advanced avionic equipment
  • Develop Engineering knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • Practice the full engineering lifecycle

How will we support you?

Leonardo values people with a passion for technical analysis, judgement and problem-solving. We reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Annual incremental pay increases
  • 33 days holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Cycle to Work initiative

What we are looking for


Nationality and security clearance

“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.”


You must have (as a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • 4 Higher Grades (or equivalent): BBBB
  • Mandatory: Mathematics
  • Mandatory: Physics or a Technology subject
  • Preferred: English and another STEM subject


  • Standard Grades (1-3) / National 5: (A-C) in English (or equivalent qualifications to Highers / Standard Grades).

Highly desirable

You will have an inquisitive mind, wanting to know how things work

You will have a general interest in engineering through your own activities and hobbies

You will be self-motivated and willing to work in isolation or as part of a diverse cross skilled team

You will able to learn from both practical and theoretical activities

What are you waiting for?

A career in the defence industry rewards over 162,000 people and generates a £22billion turnover. Come and be a part of a community and work with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around.

Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment. When applying on HireVue please select Apprentice Degree STEM.

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