Mechanical Design Engineer

Oxford Space Systems

Graduate Position Permanent Harwell, UK

Uploaded 14 Dec 2018

Job Description

Main duties 

  • Design of space flight mechanisms and deployable structures/devices from concept stage through to detailed design to enable analysis and manufacture 
  • Negotiate technical issues/requirements/design solutions with customers 
  • Trade off technical solution with other disciplines 
  • Creation of piece part drawings from 3D models to enable manufacture of components 
  • Write documentation for Design definition, Manufacturing, Assembly and Integration and detailed procedures through interaction with MAIT teams 
  • Manage configuration of all designs (control of BOM) 
  • Support technical reviews with customers 
  • Provide technical support to procurement, manufacture and assembly activities 
  • Support business development team in preparing technical proposals for customers

Person Specification

Essential Skills and Experience 

  • Strong Bachelor’s or Master’s degree-level in mechanical engineering related subject or HNC minimum with strong relevant experience 
  • Innovative thinking – the ability to be given technical requirements and to create robust design solutions using own initiative and the ability to critique own ideas 
  • Very good understanding of mechanical and thermal properties of engineering materials and their practical implementation, 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/pragmatic and logical approach to problem solving – ability to find simple solutions to complex problems 
  • Atleast 2 years experience of working in the space industry is preferred. 
  • Familiarity with ECSS 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 within defined timescales to meet programme milestones 
  • 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 
  • Ability to gain SC clearance. (Be resident in the UK for at least 5 years)

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