Mechanical Design Engineer

Grafton Technology Ltd

Graduate Permanent Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK

Job Description

Our Space Client based in Harwell develops novel deployable spacecraft structures that are lighter, less complex and lower cost than those in current commercial demand. Their vision is to become a recognised, leading supplier of highly competitive deployable structures for the global satellite industry. By working with leading academic & commercial collaborators, they are developing genuinely innovative scalable boom, panel and antenna solutions for the world’s leading satellite builders. Based at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus - the UK's Space Cluster - they enjoy access to the world-class facilities & expertise of RAL Space, together with support from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Innovate UK and the Satellite Applications Catapult.

We’re looking for people that aren’t afraid of significant commitment and responsibility. We’re looking for people that share our hunger in defining what’s possible in NewSpace. We’re looking for people that strive to find solutions – not reasons why things can’t be done.

In return for your hard work and ability to deliver you’ll enjoy a unique, flexible working environment where you’ll work alongside some of the brightest & most motivated minds in the UK space industry.

Please only apply if you’re up for the challenge of a lifetime…


Main duties:

  • Design of mechanisms and deployment structures/devices from concept stage through to detail design to enable analysis and manufacture
  • Creation of piece part drawings / 3D models to enable manufacture of components
  • Write documentation for design definition, manufacturing, assembly and integration and detailed procedures through integration with MAIT teams
  • Manage configuration of all designs (control of BOM)
  • Support technical reviews with customers
  • Provide technical support to manufacture and assembly activities
  • Support business development team in preparing technical proposals for customers

Person Specification

Skills and experience:

  • A minimum of HNC or equivalent in a relevant engineering subject
  • Innovative thinking – the ability to be given requirements and to create robust design solutions using own initiative and the ability to critique own ideas
  • Very good understanding of using material properties to their advantage, correct use of tolerances, engineering drawing standards and manufacturing techniques
  • High level of experience using CAD software packages for mechanical design (preferably SolidWorks) is essential
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software
  • Hands-on practical experience (preferably apprentice trained) in mechanical engineering field would be a distinct advantage
  • Demonstrate a common sense and logical approach to problem solving – ability to find simple solutions to complex problems
  • Experience of working within a regulated industry would be an advantage – Aerospace, Nuclear, Medical
  • Familiarity with ECSS standards would be an advantage
  • The ability to quickly understand new technical concepts is essential



  • Due to the sensitive nature of projects, applicants must be eligible to gain SC clearance (normally have been a UK resident for a minimum of 5 years), exceptions will be reviewed on individual merit
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent technical English written/verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Self-motivated to meet objectives
  • Ability to work both alone and in teams as required by the individual task
  • Ability to work on several projects at any one time
  • Driven by technical challenges, problem solving and practical implementation of new ideas
  • Willingness to learn and share knowledge with other members of the team 

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