Mechanical Engineer


Direct Entry Job Permanent Harwell, UK

Uploaded 11 Aug 2019

Job Description

We are currently looking for an innovative, imaginative and practically minded Mechanical Engineer. You will be joining a small and enthusiastic team developing instrumentation for several space missions. You will be working at the Harwell Campus, an innovative hub for science and technology advancement in the UK.


  • 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

Person Specification


  • 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


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