Principal Manufacturing Test Development Engineer

  • Location Bolton
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8217K
  • Closing date 8th Nov 2020

Are you passionate about the defence world and advanced technology?

Would you like to develop your skills in a highly challenging environment? If so…
The Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced Automated Test Engineer specialising in circuit card electronics to join our Manufacturing test development team. This is an exciting time as we begin work on a host of challenging, but rewarding projects supporting the circuit card production line.
Manufacturing UK is an integral part of the Operations Directorate, whose principal mission is to ensure that MBDA’s deliverable product commitments are met in terms of time, cost and quality.

What are we looking for?
  • HND or Degree Level of Qualifications or equivalent (Engineering / Electronics disciplines preferable).
  • Up-to-date knowledge of contemporary electronics.
  • A good understanding of measurement and test principles and equipment.
  • Capable of working from and creating technical documents such as schematics, PCB layouts and Engineering Drawings.
  • Significant experience creating Automated Test Equipment.
  • Experience of using NI LabVIEW and/or TestStand preferable.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with different levels of the organisation.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills with strong attention to detail.

What’s in it for you?
  • This role offers the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of product types and also test the latest technologies the aerospace and defence sector has to offer.
  • Working across multiple disciplines you will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in a wide variety of technologies.

What would you get?

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

The Role

Working in the established Manufacturing Test Development team, you will be creating and maintaining small- to medium-sized automated test systems. We test a wide range of electronic products, from actuation systems through to target acquisition and guidance, but mainly focused on Circuit Card Assemblies (CCA).
Within the role, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of test strategies and where appropriate influencing our product development through ‘Design for Test’. This involves creating test strategy documents, designing Interchangeable Test Adaptors (mechanical and electrical), and supporting the associated software development.
The team is always evolving its thinking and process as new technologies and challenges are put on the table; you will get the opportunity to be involved with this through development.

What’s great about the team?
  • You will be joining a dynamic, focused team responsible for the development of manufacturing test equipment for complex electronics products.
  • The team has a great mix of personnel, ranging from experienced technical experts, through to graduate and apprentice engineers.
  • The team prides itself on developing high quality test solutions, and works to develop its engineers to take on these complex challenges.

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.
We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.
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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

If you think you'd be perfect for this role, we'd love to hear from you‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎


MBDA is the only company capable of designing and producing missile systems to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces over land, sea and air. Through our expertise, we have become a trusted partner to the Ministry of Defence and work closely with the military to ensure that they have the capability they need, in order to protect our freedoms.


We share a unique responsibility that brings purpose to everything we do.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to our home nations and their allies. Whether you are Lead Engineer or Business Support Officer, your work is vital in ensuring that our armed forces have the equipment they need, when they need it.
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With over 60 years combined experience through our predecessor companies and over 10,000 employees across Europe and the USA, we are trusted suppliers of missile and missile systems to the defence sector.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides smarter and more effective equipment for the armed forces over land, sea and air.


We value difference.

Our work has a far-reaching impact, and we all make a difference every day. Our values-led culture welcomes a diversity of skills, experience and perspectives, where everyone has the opportunity contribute, grow and succeed.

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