Test Equipment Development Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
20 Oct 2019

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The opportunity
The MBDA Test Equipment Department has many exciting projects that have challenging technology and timescales to achieve.  This has created opportunities for Test Equipment Development Engineers to join our team and help deliver this challenging work.
The role
The Test Equipment Development Engineer will be part of a wider design team charged with the design, production, integration and proving of Test Equipment to test MBDA’s cutting edge Missiles and Missile Systems. This is a domain that covers electronics, electrical, mechanical, RF, measurement equipment and instrumentation so there is a wide variety to this role and each task can be quite different to the previous.
What’s in it for you?
This role offers the opportunity to work on some of the most advanced engineering products in the sector with the opportunity to develop and grow into broader engineering disciplines (analogue, digital, RF optical, Environmental Stress Screening, power and more.)  However, the role also offers the opportunity to specialise in certain fields across that broad and varied technology and skill base. The role is based in Stevenage but there will most likely be the opportunity to work across MBDA’s UK sites with possible international travel as required.
What’s great about the team?
The UK Test Equipment team is a multi-disciplined dynamic, focussed and agile team of about 100 engineers specialising in all aspects of Test Equipment design, including specialisation on hardware, software and embedded real-time systems.  These skills are located together in one plateau providing an atmosphere of supportive cooperation and interdependence that binds the team together to face the challenges of the future
What we are looking for?
  • You will ideally be HND qualified in a relevant electronics / electrical discipline
  • You will have experience in operation and structure of Test Equipment
  • You will have some demonstrable experience of designing manual, semi-automated and fully computerised ATE [Automatic Test Equipment] using COTS and / or custom special to type based equipment.
  • You will have an understanding of the design processes and best practices necessary to support the design and development lifecycle.
  • You will have some familiarity with some of the Test Techniques used onRF, Analogue, Digital, Optical, Comms, functional test and Environmental Stress Screening processes
  • You will be enthusiastic with a willingness to learn and be keen to push yourself.
  • You will acknowledge your own capabilities and seek guidance where needed.
  • You will be a good communicator, both written and verbally
  • You will have good problem solving skills and the ability to contribute positively to engineering investigations
What you would get
  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, an employee funded voluntary private healthcare scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
    MBDA UK require all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the individual’s ability to fulfil the requirements of the role. Your eligibility for the appropriate level of security clearance may be discussed with you during the recruitment process. Any existing clearance holders may be able to transfer clearance (subject to approval).
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MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2013, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced about 3,000 missiles and added 4 billion euros of new orders to the order book which now stands at 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

MBDA was created in December 2001, after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK. Each of these companies contributed the experience gained from fifty years of technological and operational success. The restructuring of the industry in Europe was completed with the acquisition of the German subsidiary EADS/LFK in March 2006. This further enriched MBDA’s range of technologies and products, consolidating the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.

MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future operational requirements for the three armed forces (army, navy, air force). Overall, the Group offers a range of 45 products in service and another 15 in development.

The Group has demonstrated its ability to bring together the best skills across the whole of Europe and as a result has been chosen to lead a series of strategic multi-national programmes. These include the six-nation Meteor air superiority weapon, the Franco-British conventionally armed cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, and a family of air defence systems based on the Aster missile for France and Italy (for ground and naval based air defence) and for the UK (naval air defence for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers).

The mastery of cutting-edge technologies is not only an advantage for MBDA in successfully developing and producing new products. It is also a means of guaranteeing customers that innovations can be made to existing products during their life span in order to meet constantly changing specifications arising from increasingly complex engagement scenarios. It is precisely this combination which makes MBDA the defence sector partner of choice in many countries around the world.

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