Mechanical Engineer in Spacecraft Dynamic Testing


Internship Fixed Term Didcot, UK

Uploaded 11 Oct 2019

Job Description

The focus of the placement will be the development of physical and virtual test method in areas of vibration, shock and direct field acoustic testing.  There will also be the opportunity to get involved with current testing of spacecraft components and systems within the Environmental Test Division.

Within the Dynamics Group you will concentrate on at least one of the following investigations:

  • Development and validation of virtual test methods by numerical modelling of test rigs and environments
  • Non-contact measurement of deformation during dynamic testing or Thermo Elastic Deflection measurement in a thermal vacuum environment
  • Direct Field Acoustic Noise models and test strategies.

You must be enthusiastic and highly motivated. You should be able to work well as part of a team as well as working independently. A strong interest in physical testing of spacecraft structural response and numerical modelling is essential.


Person Specification

Criteria to be assessed through Shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I).


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry (S)
  • Right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • Currently working at a level equivalent to, and on target to achieve a 2:1 or above (S)
  • Enrolled in a Mechanical engineering or related degree course (S)
  • Good written and verbal communication skills (S&I)
  • Aptitude for working and communicating effectively within a small team (S&I)


  • Knowledge and understanding of structural response to dynamics loads (S&I)
  • Knowledge of finite element modelling techniques (S&I)
  • The ability to manage own time effectively and multi-task (S&I)
  • Strong interest in space technology (S&I).