Aircraft Structural Repair Design Engineer

Ministry of Defence
Wittering, Peterborough
Closing date
20 Nov 2019
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Aircraft Structural Repair Design Engineer

Reference number: 17841

Salary: £31,696

Grade: Higher Executive Officer C2

Contract type: Permanent

Business area: MOD - Air, 71(Inspection and Repair) Squadron Repair Design Authority. RAF Wittering

Type of role: Engineering

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts: 2


The MOD needs two experienced aerospace design engineers to work within a small civilian design team at Royal Air Force Wittering. The work is varied, and you could find yourself working on anything from modern fast jets such as the Hawk Trainer to the historic aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Job description

Your work involves producing designs that may be for the repair of metallic or composite structures, structural modifications of a minor nature or could be ad-hoc draughting tasks. You will need to substantiate your design with supporting calculations and all work is necessarily checked for accuracy. Experienced designers who meet the essential criteria may be nominated as check signatories which attracts a market skills allowance of £3000.00. This could rise to £5000 if you are later selected as a stress note signatory and compliance verification engineer. The work requires travel to remote sites to carry out aircraft design surveys including measurements and photography, and this may require overnight stay. During your work you will liaise with aircraft delivery teams, repair teams, non-destructive test teams, external design organizations, manufacturers and suppliers. Depending upon experience you may need to attend mandatory training courses at various locations throughout the UK. You will work 37 hours per week as part of our flexible working scheme and may also be eligible to apply for compressed working hours. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Design Team Leader via the link below or go ahead and apply on the CS Jobs website

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have experience in either a DAOS approved or EASA Part 21(J) Design Organisation. The required skills are as follows:


1. You will have either:

  • A minimum of three years’ experience as an aerospace design engineer in aircraft structural repair, modification or stress analysis with the necessary computer aided design skills or;
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in aircraft repair or modification installation with the necessary computer aided design skills or;
  • Be an aerospace graduate engineer with experience in aerospace repair or structural modification design or aircraft stress analysis with the necessary computer aided design skills.

2. Experience of Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems such as AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor with the ability to produce detail drawings to meet the requirements of BS 8888. Experience will be verified by CAD assessment following the interview.

3. An understanding of aircraft structural loads, materials and structural failure.


1. Experience of aircraft stress analysis in relation to aircraft structural repairs or modifications.

2. Experience of aircraft composite repair design.

3. Experience in the use of 3D scanning software and printing.

4. An understanding of military and civil airworthiness requirements.

5. Understanding of aircraft document set and air system document set

6. Experience of finite element analysis tools such as FEMAP or Nastran/Patran.

7. Microsoft office skills.


HNC in an aerospace engineering subject.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Leadership
  • Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Computer Aided Design. You must be able to use AutoCAD or Autodesk Inventor or similar CAD systems to model in 3D and/or to produce 2D repair or service modification drawings.
  • Loads, materials and failure.
  • Design & Analysis.
  • Aerospace Functional Competence 2.1 Airframe.
  • Aerospace Functional Competence 3.1Achieving Integrity.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension
  • 25 to 30 days annual leave plus 8 days public holidays and 1 privilege day.
  • First appointment expenses of up to £8000 when applicable.
  • Market Skills Allowance of £3000 or £5000 when applicable.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

For more information and to apply, please click APPLY below.

We are responsible for an inventory in excess of £30 billion and work closely with industry to provide equipment and services for military operations. With a £1.2 billion annual operating expenditure and responsibility to deliver around £13 billion of new equipment, in-service and logistics support each year on behalf of the Armed Forces, we are continually striving for excellence

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