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Systems Engineering Intern - Lightning Direct Effects

Internship in Filton, United Kingdom

Degree level


Job function


Required language

English (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 1 years

Start date

July 6, 2020

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Airbus Operations Limited

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Job Description

Start date: 6th July 2020

Location: Filton

To stay on top, Airbus recognises the importance of supporting high-achieving and talented undergraduates. We do this through offering challenging internship opportunities during which your skills and potential are fully maximised.

Our internships give a unique insight into potential career paths within Airbus. They are designed so that you can put your theoretical knowledge into practice and gain crucial industry experience. The skills and knowledge you gain will improve your chances of a future role within the Airbus and should benefit your future studies.

The Lightning Direct Effects (LDE) group is a transnational team within the System Engineering Design Office responsible for providing all aspects of aircraft protection against the direct effects of lightning strikes. This includes a significant focus on protection of fuel tanks and the general fuel system.

The department operates across all Airbus sites, all Airbus aircraft programmes and all aircraft components (wing, fuselage, tail).

The team has far reaching responsibilities from providing reactive support to in service aircraft to keep the fleets flying, to developing the next generation of aircraft designs e.g. preparing the next single aisle aircraft.


During this internship, the activities you may undertake will include;

  • Responsibilities include developing and applying innovative lightning protection solutions to support the ramp up of deliveries, keeping the growing fleets in the air and designing future aircraft.
  • This is done with a strong focus on research & technology, working closely with Airbus Group Innovations, research institutions, industrial partners and the airworthiness regulators. EYDVA are the design authority for compliance to ATA391 regulations.
  • One of the strategic objectives of the department is to develop the Airbus capability to use advanced simulation techniques in the design protection of fuel systems.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for integrating a lightning protection simulation capability into the team to support the design of future aircraft. They will develop their understanding of how simulation can be used in aircraft design by applying a recently developed simulation capability within Airbus Group Innovations (AGI) and integrating this into Airbus commercial aircraft programmes.
  • This exciting opportunity will develop the individual's software and modelling skills, their understanding of Airbus tools and processes as well as their understanding of the lightning threat phenomena with associated requirements, regulation and protection principles.
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide a link between Airbus and AGI, which will provide invaluable exposure to the business operations and interaction between both partners.
  • They will act as a catalyst for new ways of working supported by key members of the team, which will involve knowledge transfer to others in the department.
  • The successful candidate will join the EYDVA team of specialists based in Filton for 12 months, working in a transnational manner on a daily basis. Hence the individual will learn how to work in a multi-cultural team with the opportunity to visit other sites as part of the internship.
  • In summary the successful candidate will benefit from working at the forefront of innovation by contributing to a strategic Airbus objective.


Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.

One application: Make It Possible, Make It Happen, Make It … Count!

Our Internships are open to Undergraduates only. Therefore it is mandatory for candidates to be an undergraduate for the whole duration of the placement.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

You must be an undergraduate for the whole duration of the Internship, studying towards an accredited MEng or international equivalent, however a BEng may be considered, in any of the following fields: Engineering, Sciences or Maths.


  • Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineering
  • Avionic Systems Engineering
  • Electrical / Electronic Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Applied Maths
  • Physics
  • Mechatronics

Desirable Modules:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Fluids and Thermodynamics
  • Systems Design and Integration
  • Power Electronics
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Circuits and Systems
  • Embedded and Real Time Systems
  • Programming in C / C++ / Java

Desirable Skills:

  • Proven team working ability
  • Modelling
  • MATLAB / Simulink
  • CFD
  • Flowmaster
  • Requirements Based Engineering
  • Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Office Applications
  • Applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in the Aerospace Industry and profession.

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.

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