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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
6
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
£27,000
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
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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