"We have been at the forefront of nuclear deterrence for over 60 years."



Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Aldermaston or Burghfield, Berkshire

Any placements

* (1) Requires 12-month placement for 2021/22; (2) Open only to British citizens/no dual nationals; (3) Candidates required to undergo security clearance; (4) No first year students

2020/21 Scholarships

Multiple new scholarships

Who we are and what we do

Engineering opportunities in a unique environment

Keeping our world safe and secure AWE is proud to play a central role in the defence of the UK. We have been at the forefront of nuclear deterrence for over 60 years. Providing security and protection to our nation we deliver and maintain the warheads for the UK deterrent.

Engineering, be it mechanical, electrical, electronic, chemical, structural or construction, is key to the success of our business. We have some of the best engineering facilities in the world, a prime example of which is our state-of the-art Virtual Reality Suite – a unique capability that uses 3D animations as a great way of viewing and understanding assembly sequences, component interfaces and design layouts.

Trident Submarine
Trident Submarine

From delivering and maintaining both new and existing utilities and facilities that support our programme – to the design, manufacturing, and verification of our product – engineering is vital to the delivery of the UK deterrent, keeping our world safe and secure.

You will have the opportunity to work with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world and with internationally recognised experts who are leaders in their fields. Once you join our company, you will be provided with support to develop your skills and competence in your chosen discipline. In the longer term, you can choose to specialise or pursue a broader management career – we attach equal importance to both career paths.

Our expertise, our people and the work we do are truly innovative.

What you could be doing during your work placement

AWE offers a broad range of engineering opportunities across the product development lifecycle from conceptual design through to system disposal.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to the UK’s National Nuclear Deterrence and Nuclear Security. The engineering challenges are unique and diverse and you will be working with engineering experts often in state-of-the-art engineering facilities.

Projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual research and development of high integrity electronics control and embedded software systems
  • Design and development of pulse power systems and high voltage/current switching circuits
  • Systems and software lifecycle management
  • Developing and implementing instrumentation systems to support environmental trials and test programmes
  • Developing methods, tools and techniques for engineering design, development and test
  • Engineering support to the National Nuclear Security operations team
  • Engineering support to the design and manufacturing agencies
  • Engineering design modelling and analysis
  • System performance, safety, reliability and security assessments

Meet one of our UKESF Scholars

University of Southampton
Degree Course:
MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Why I chose to study Electronics

The field of electronics is so wide and varied, from communicating across the world in an instant, to ensuring someone is kept alive by an insulin pump. It changes every day, and at such a high speed that it can be outdated after a year of its invention, and this really interests me.

Why I chose to work for AWE

I always had an interest in military engineering from my dad’s involvement in the sector, and I knew that it has cutting-edge technologies. When I learnt about the incredible work they do at AWE regarding National Safety and Security, I was immediately interested as I understood the wide variety of electronics they work on. During the assessment day, everyone I met was lovely and this really stood out to me.

My time at AWE

Over my placement, I have been based in Engineering Product Development, looking at researching new technologies. I was given my own project, which was based upon understanding the capability of printing electronics onto different substrates. I researched and designed my own sensor, which I printed and ran experiments on. It has helped me understand the world of R&D, as it’s not something I learn about at university. My placement has also allowed me to apply for EngTech, which will help throughout my journey to becoming a chartered engineer.

My hobbies and interests

Outside of electronics, I am not one to sit still. I continue to dance ballet, as I have done since I was four, with the Ballet Society, and keep my general fitness levels up. I am a coxswain with the Southampton University Boat Club, and thoroughly enjoy being part of the squad even with early morning sessions! When I’m able to, I also enjoy playing piano.

Meet one of our Engineers

Job Title:
Dynamic Modelling Engineer

Why I chose to work for AWE

I graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Robotics and Cybertronics from Heriot-Watt University.

The thing that impressed me most about AWE when I was considering who to apply for was the company’s commitment to the training and development of its staff. Like most people who work here, I was also keen to make a meaningful contribution to the defence of our nation.

When I left university, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. But another great thing about AWE is the flexibility; you are able to move around and try different things. So when you want a new challenge, there’s no need to uproot and move to a different company.

In my current role

I create dynamic models of systems and investigate and improve the dynamic modelling tools and techniques we use. I am the Technical Lead for this work area, which means that I get to decide the direction we should take and make that happen. I also hold the role of Verification and Validation Lead on a collaborative project we’re tackling with colleagues in the US.

I’ve only been here two years but already I’ve been offered loads of great opportunities and responsibility. As well as the chance to work with different people and travel to America. I’ve also completed a number of placements within the company. One of which involved working as part of the safety interlock team on the ORION laser project.

If you’re thinking of applying to AWE

I’d say go for it. When you graduate, it’s important to work for a company that will support your ongoing development. And one that will apply the theory you’ve learnt at university to some real and challenging projects. Not all companies can do that, but AWE can.

and personally…

I aim to achieve chartered status and gain another promotion, then take my technical area on to new levels of innovation. I’d also like to be the technical lead on a project in the future.