DRACAS Engineer

NP12 4AA, Blackwood
Competitive, flexible benefits & bonus
18 Jan 2019
17 Feb 2019

General Dynamics UK is a world-leader in the integration of cutting-edge defence and security systems, delivering decisive advantage to military, government and civil customers worldwide.

Our employee culture is one that thrives on innovation, embraces teamwork and possesses a strong will to succeed. The pioneering technologies and the quality of our people give us our competitive edge.  Dynamics is not just part of our name, it’s part of our spirit.

The Role:

  • Deputise for DRACAS Manager when required.
  • Focus managing the AJAX programme DRACAS toolset
  • Work with the Reliability team to mature the DRACAS process
  • Work with the Root Cause Analysis Team, vehicle Chief Engineers and Functional Leads to determine Failure Modes and reliability relevance of DRACAS incidents
  • Work with external Customers and Stakeholders to confirm that the reliability sentencing and Failure Modes are being consistent
  • Work with key supplier, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), Lockheed Martin (LMUK) and Thales to support Joint Incident Review Boards (IRB) and incident sentencing
  • Support the RGT Planning Manager with preparation of the RGT Plans
  • Support the RCAT Manager with root cause analysis


  • Prepare for and attend the daily Incident sentencing Committee (ISC)
  • Prepare for and attend the Joint IRBs with GDELS, LMUK and Thales
  • Prepare for and attend the formal ISC with Customer and external stakeholders
  • Support updating and maintaining the DRACAS report
  • Support updating and maintaining the Reliability Case report
  • Support updating and maintaining the Reliability Model for demonstrated reliability, predictions and Critical Items List
  • Support updating and maintaining a Lifed Items list
  • Support preparation of the RGT Spares Plan
  • Support the RGT Planning Manager to Maintain Growth Curves for demonstrated and predicted vehicle reliability
  • Preparation of material for internal and external review and presentation
  • Effectively communicate updates to the DRACAS Manager
  • Ad hoc Reliability activities


  • A proven track record of complex system integration, test and acceptance programmes
  • Experience of planning and implementation of DRACAS in support of reliability growth trials
  • Experience of engineering platform designs against performance and reliability targets
  • Experience of military vehicle systems
  • Ability to liaise with, and present information to, multi-disciplined and multi-national team members
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written skills
  • Willing to travel extensively within UK and Europe
  • Good team working abilities
  • Ability to communicate at senior levels
  • A relevant or associated degree to the role such as Engineering, Mathematics or Physics, or demonstrated relevant work experience
  • A strong background in defence systems engineering
  • Familiarity with current British Army tracked and wheeled vehicles
  • Familiar with relevant Defence Standards, Military Standards and EC Directives
  • Working knowledge of the DRACAS process and associated tools
  • Working knowledge of RGA 10 for reliability predictions and planning

GDUK offers a competitive compensation package with opportunities for growth and professional development. A flexible benefits package, 25 days holiday, a compressed fortnight offering every other Friday off and an attractive bonus scheme.

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