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Test Equipment Design Engineer (Electro-Mechanical)

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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4 Dec 2020

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The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen for a Test Equipment Engineer (Electro-Mechanical) with drive and enthusiasm to join Europe’s number one missile system provider, developing and designing Test Equipment solutions for the next generation of weapons.
The Role
  • Tasked with the design of mechanical fixtures, jigs and electronics enclosures in support of the System/Hardware Design Teams. Making engineering decisions within the delegated remit and acting as a design authority as appropriate.
  • Expected to take the lead in evaluating the technical issues involved in a project and developing suitable proposals. Taking these proposals forward with detailed analyses, investigations and concise conclusions.
  • Responsible for preparing specifications and bids, developing designs, carrying out design appraisals and recording and publishing designs in the company database.
  • Taking an active role in maintaining and modifying relevant engineering processes and procedures. Also working closely with managers to develop team improvements.
  • Managing projects, planning and controlling multiple work packages simultaneously, handling personal priorities and using diplomacy and dexterity to manage stakeholders expectations.
  • Creating drawing packages to ISO 2768, utilising Datum Systems and carrying out tolerance studies as required.
  • Working across multiple projects and developing solutions for products at differing stages of maturity including prototyping, production and end-user equipment.
  • Skilled in reviewing existing or newly manufactured hardware to fault-find and de-bug. Refining the results to feed back in to the design process.
  • Excellent communication skills are required to create and maintain working relationships with multi-disciplinary teams and national/international colleagues. Acting as a main point of contact for customers (internal) and suppliers.
  • Keeping up-to-date with relevant technical knowledge, identifying personal or team skill gaps, developing capabilities and approaching challenges with an innovative and logical methodology.
  • Offer support and guidance to junior team members and apprentices.
What’s in it for you?
  • Working on unique and challenging engineering problems at the cutting edge of the industry.
  • Individually tailored skills development program in both on-the-job training and specialised courses.
  • Personal career development plan including structured progression strategy and professional accreditation.
  • Opportunity to work on multi-national projects with some opportunity for national/international travel.
  • Exposure to multiple project teams and company departments, offering a fast-track overview of large sections of the business.
  • Position seated within the international Centre Of Excellence (CofEx) for Test Equipment.
What’s great about the team?
  • Opportunity to work on a diverse range of novel and world class products. In groundbreaking fields, often using the latest technologies.
  • We are a small but dynamic team. Working closely together, enthusiastically supporting each other with an open and frequent dialogue.
  • The team is approached regularly to inform on early stage developments, manufacturability and concept efficacy. Allowing a more holistic view of the projects.
  • The company’s culture encourages knowledge sharing with people from all sections of the business happy to take time to share experience and historic background.
What are we looking for?
  • Significant practical experience in Mechanical/Electro Mechanical Design and Development with an understanding of machined, cast and sheet metal parts, 3D printing and electronic packaging design.
  • An ability to work from first principles or to pick up legacy work and adapt it accordingly. Demonstrating a creative yet analytical approach to problem solving.
  • Good level of experience in the phases of the engineering life cycle.
  • Able to work independently to support various types of engineering problems and help guide the Project Teams to a suitable conclusion.
  • Capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and assisting less experienced members of the team to prioritise effectively.
  • A suitable engineering degree or equivalent vocational qualification and/or experience.
  • Relevant 3D CAD/CAE (ProEngineer / CREO / Windchill) experience. (Other CAD Packages such as Solidworks / Solidedge will be considered).
  • Possession of excellent communication skills and the capability to tailor language appropriately to suit the intended audience.
  • You will have a willing, helpful attitude and a calm professional manner, able to set priorities and deal with multiple issues, de-escalating potential conflicts as necessary.
  • An understanding of Manufacturing processes, design for  EMC , Connectors to BS & military specifications, Tolerance studies, Environmental test, Thermal management design, Material selection, PCB/Flexi manufacture, Standard electronic components.
  • An understanding of commercial and financial impacts to the work and the business strategies that may be influencing the approach to a particular project.
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.
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.


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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