System Engineer


Graduate Position Permanent Harwell, UK

Uploaded 28 Mar 2019

Job Description

MDA UK is a growing and dynamic company based on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. We are a subsidiary of MDA, an internationally recognized leader in space robotics, space sensors, and antennas. MDA UK provides support to our European based customers as well as specializing in the UK development of space qualified metrology instruments, IR cameras and other intelligent sensors.Job Description: We are looking for enthusiastic and innovative engineers with experience working in the space industry.Are you passionate about space exploration? Do you have experience designing or building systems for the harsh space environment? If so then this is a rare chance to join a growing company with an exemplary heritage in the industry. We have exciting opportunities available to join our international and enthusiastic team developing instrumentation for several space missions, including a lunar lander and ESA technology demonstrators.You will be working at the Harwell campus, an innovative hub for science and technology advancement in the UK.


  • The System Engineer will be responsible for the following:
  • Deriving and managing requirements
  • Providing technical interface to customers and subcontractors
  • Producing system budgets (link budget, mass budget, etc.)
  • Designing and troubleshooting hardware and software for space missions
  • Developing innovative solutions to engineering requirements
  • Manufacture, assembly, integration and test
  • Working with a dynamic team to produce innovative solutions
  • Preparing technical documentation including test procedures, design specifications and engineering change notices

Person Specification


  • Experience designing, manufacturing or testing hardware for the space environment
  • Enthusiastic about space exploration
  • Software experience (i.e. programming, modelling, CAD)
  • Ability to independently apply engineering principles to design projects
  • Keen to solve complex challenges in a small team
  • University degree in mechanical/aerospace engineering or equivalent
  • Excellent written and oral communication

Skills Considered An Asset

  • Software: DOORS/Matlab/Python/C or C++
  • CAD (Pro/E, SolidWorks, and/or CATIA)
  • Familiarity with formal configuration control methods
  • Experience with ECSS standards
  • Structural and thermal analysis
  • Radiation analysis
  • Experience with environmental testing
  • Test specification, plan and procedure development
  • Hands on Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration and Testing
  • Quality Assurance