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Apprenticeship training course

Space systems engineer (level 6)

To take a leading role in the design, manufacturing and testing of complex, high value space hardware and ground support equipment.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Advanced manufacturing engineer
  • Assembly integration and test manager
  • Attitude and orbit control system (aocs) engineer
  • Control and instrumentation engineer
  • Electrical and electronic engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Payload systems engineer
  • Product and quality assurance engineer
  • Satellite manufacturing assembly integration and test (ait) engineer
  • Spacecraft mechanical engineer
  • Spacecraft power systems engineer
  • Spacecraft propulsion engineer
  • Spacecraft systems engineer
  • Thermal design engineer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Identify and implement technical engineering solutions. For example, by using trade studies.
  • Communicate with colleagues and stakeholders: verbal and written.
  • Present information. For example, presenting project progress and key performance information (KPI's) such as cost, quality, time, risk and opportunities, contributing to technical publications, conveying information to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Review and interpret customer requirements for the function and performance of their spacecraft or subsystem.
  • Produce space engineering designs, specifications and drawings. For example, for tender and manufacturing stages.
  • Contribute to the preparation of technical proposals. For example, by providing the lead engineer with technical input.
  • Contribute to technical reviews with stakeholders. For example, explaining proposed solutions to the customer.
  • Perform design and mechanical-structural, thermal and dynamic-vibration analysis, for deployable structures.
  • Calculate and model the performance of electronic, mechanical and thermal subsystems using approved industry techniques. For example, communications, power, data handling and thermal control.
  • Use scientific and engineering data. For example, to support decision making during design, build and operations phases of a mission or project.
  • Identify and apply test standards and procedures. For example, identify and apply test standards for a specific project or mission.
  • Prepare and apply technical documentation. For example, schedules, test plans, test reports, quality reports, and the digital tools used for their preparation.
  • Research technical solutions to problems. For example, use peer-reviewed literature and technical publications to research technical solutions with awareness of patent rules.
  • Use information technology including digital tools for presentation of data, digital communication, collaboration, design and analysis.
  • Identify and comply with legal and statutory requirements. For example, health and safety, Environmental protection, sustainability, space certification requirements and data protection.
  • Work with and lead others including, negotiation, conflict management, mentoring and developing others; taking account of diversity, equality and inclusivity.
  • Mission Analysis techniques using numerical analysis and simulation tools such as AGI-Systems Toolkit or NASA-GMAT.

Full information on Space systems engineer (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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