Materials & Processes Evaluation Engineer

RHEA Group

Direct Entry Job Permanent Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK

Uploaded 9 Nov 2018

Job Description


You will have the opportunity to provide engineering support to the Materials & Processes Section at ECSAT premises.  

Tasks and Activities

  • End to end process evaluation for additive manufacturing, including raw material specification and product performance (mechanical testing, NDI, etc.).
  • Destructive and non-destructive PCB testing.
  • Provide materials and processes support for projects where product assurance and safety managers are located at ECSAT, including participation to projects meeting, reviews and audits;
  • Support Materials and Processes reviews, Materials and Processes Control Boards (MPCB’s) and participate as Engineering and/or PA Board Member in ESA Programme reviews milestones (including PRRs, SRRs, PDRs, CDRs, QARs, FRRs, etc.);
  • Review Declared Materials, Parts and Processes Lists (DMLs, DPLs, and DMPLs) as well as RFAs, RFDs/RFWs, ECPs, etc.;
  • Support major Non-Conformances Review Board activities, perform failure analysis and failure investigation using a variety of laboratory tools;
  • Support the definition and implementation of the Research and Technology activities in the domain of advanced manufacturing;
  • Support the evaluation of proposals for technology R&D activities on their technical merit, consistency and priorities and recommendation for ESA endorsement;
  • Support the coordination of technology R&D activities, monitoring of the procurement implementation, evaluation and reporting of the achieved results and lessons learnt to the relevant ESA Directorates and key Partners.

Person Specification

  • You have a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in materials engineering and science, materials physics/metallurgy and/or non-metallic materials or another related field, as well as several years’ industrial experience preferably covering aerospace hardware and R&D;
  • You have strong technical competence in:
    • Processing (e.g. joining, surface treatments), testing, and performance evaluation of metallic materials (e.g. Al-alloys, Ti-alloys, steel).
    • Additive manufacturing processes and associated test and qualification approaches.
  • Good knowledge about general materials test methodologies and especially experience in mechanical testing.
  • Experience in defining and executing test plans for materials qualification and process validation.
  • Capability to take decisions for selection of materials and processes for space applications.
  • You have strong materials laboratory hands-on experience related to metallic as well as non-metallic materials, manufacturing and applied processes characterisation/verification and failure investigation; a strong background on space simulation facilities is an asset.
  • You have a good knowledge of ISO 17025 related testing activities and ability to carry out testing and analysis in an ISO 17025 or other Quality Management System applicable standards. This includes procedure and documentation development;
  • You are familiar with data acquisition systems and software (e. g. LABVIEW);
  • You are able to issue clear and concise materials testing reports;
  • You are familiar with ESA Materials and processes related requirements;
  • You have a good understanding of space missions related requirements and capability to propose verification methods including testing, analysis, inspections;
  • You have good interpersonal and communication skills. You are able to work effectively, autonomously and cooperatively in a diverse and international team environment, defining and implementing solutions in line with team and individual objectives, as well as project deadlines.

Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of CONFIDENTIAL or above.

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