Mechanical Engineer


Direct Entry Job Permanent Didcot, UK

Uploaded 3 Aug 2019

Job Description

We are currently looking for an innovative, imaginative and practically minded Mechanical Engineer. The successful applicant will be joining a small and enthusiastic team developing instrumentation for several space missions. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead mechanical design of flight, engineering, and support hardware
  • Lead structural and thermal analyses of flight and engineering hardware
  • Generate and maintain 3D CAD modelling of bespoke space sensors
  • Perform structural and thermal finite element analyses
  • Produce engineering drawings for assembly and manufacture, and define integration procedures
  • Manage BOM for manufacturing and production, and deal with manufacturing supply chain
  • Support assembly, integration and test of space equipment and systems
  • Prepare technical documentation (design specifications, test plan, etc.), and analysis and test reports
  • Define and manage mechanical requirements and act as Mechanical Lead during project reviews with customers (ESA, UKSA, etc.)
  • ‘Own’ quality documentation relevant to the role, e.g. Declared Parts & Materials Lists, ECNs, NCRs.
  • Support subcontractor coordination and activities
  • Actively contribute in the writing of proposals for grant applications

Resumes and any inquiries can be sent directly to us at [email protected] with the Job title as subject line

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the space/aerospace industry
  • Product development life cycle including requirement definition, design, analysis, manufacturing, assembly, integration, and testing
  • 3D Mechanical CAD – preferably SolidWorks
  • GD&T using ISO/ASME standards
  • Preparation of FEMs for structural and thermal FEAs of large assemblies– preferably Patran/Nastran
  • Hands on MAIT activities
  • Experience with environmental testing and definition of test specifications
  • Extensive knowledge of manufacturing processes to aid design for manufacturing
  • Experience with ECSS standards
  • Competent with MS Office package
  • Proactive and hands on approach to problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Desirable Criteria:

  • Understanding of material and surface treatment for optical space systems
  • Experience in the space sector
  • Familiarity with formal configuration control methods
  • Supply chain network