Join a small team with a market lead in inertial technology

Published: 03 Sep 2018 By Andrew Dingley

Join a small team with a market lead in inertial technology

The UTC Aerospace Systems business based in Plymouth and Bristol is a small, focused operation with an expert team and a world-lead in inertial measurement and navigation systems. 

Supplying to more than 30 countries, the operation’s products sit at the heart of the effective functioning of many, many different platforms from ships and land vehicles to aircraft, unmanned aircraft and space systems, guided weapons, camera platforms and sighting systems. 

Mark Marshall at work in the Plymouth offices

Design engineer at work

Innovating for over a century

The business’s heritage goes back to early in the 20th century and includes pioneering names such as Singer, Plessey and Marconi - and Sperry Gyro, early innovators in gyroscope technology. Inertial technology is still the focus here and the 315-strong team continues to innovate, with great success.

Lawrence Sperry

Lawrence Sperry

Inertial measurement and the miniaturisation of control

An Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) is the main component of the inertial navigation system (INS) – a device that uses gyroscopes and accelerometers to calculate the position, orientation and velocity of a platform without the need for external references.

The business specialises in tiny, lightweight rugged Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) IMUs that incorporate the company’s solid-state gyros, each smaller than a human fingernail and with a unique, patented design.  The world’s first MEMS IMU used in military service was supplied by the Plymouth business as was the only silicon MEMS IMU proven to survive gun shock of over 20,000g - critical to the performance of many of today’s precision guided munitions. More than 130,000 of these rugged miniature devices have now been delivered, to more than 60 customers worldwide. 

New, market-disrupting developments

Today, the team is in the process of developing and testing a new generation of potentially market-disrupting inertial sensing devices that will redefine what is possible in platform control, whether on land, in the air or at sea. 

MiniM design - miniature IMU

MiniM design – miniature IMU

Life-saving ground collision avoidance technology

The business is also the home of TERPROM®, the world's most advanced precision ground collision avoidance system, proven to save aircrew lives. It is in service on over 5000 aircraft in 14 countries, including all UK RAF front line fast jets. It provides ground collision avoidance, terrain referenced navigation and a range of other warning and situational awareness cues, reducing pilots’ workload and keeping them safe - all without dependency on GPS. 

The team also provides individual support for a range of legacy (and even historic) avionics equipment, offering an efficient and tailored service to a range of customers worldwide.

GR4 Tornado

Tornado GR4 Tornado low flying, equipped with TERPROM

A focused specialist team operating within a global enterprise

Working for UTC Aerospace Systems, you will join a global enterprise and one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defence products.  With 42,000 employees across 150 sites worldwide, the company designs, manufactures and services systems and components and provides integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. 

Join a successful team, make a great lifestyle choice

Based in Plymouth in the south west of England, you will be part of a specialist team of just 315 staff, where the contribution of each individual is critical to the success of the operation as a whole. You will find an active social and community life and you will live in a beautiful region of the UK, with access to both coast and countryside. The office facility is modern, well equipped and situated on the edge of the city with excellent on-site facilities and car parking for all staff.

Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe

Based at the new Bristol facility, you will be join a launch team of just 8, with numbers expected to grow significantly in the coming year. You will work closely with your colleagues at Plymouth.  You will live in this vibrant city within a beautiful region of the UK, with easy access to both coast and countryside. You will work in a modern, high-quality office, with on-site car parking, in a pleasant location to the west of Bristol and with easy access to the M5. 

UTC waterfront

Bristol waterfront

You will be offered flexible working hours and will be able to take advantage of a scholar scheme to further encourage study.  You will have access to a flexible benefits scheme, which you will help shape, and which will allow you to build a benefits package that works for you. Among the list of benefits are: BUPA health care, dental care, life assurance, travel insurance, a scheme for purchasing additional days of holiday, a cycle to work plan, and many others.

To find out more about opportunities with UTC Aerospace Systems and how we can help with your career click here.

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