Electronics Test Equipment Engineer, Production Design Support

  • Location Bolton
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8325K
  • Closing date 18th Apr 2021

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

An opportunity has arisen to develop Test Equipment for some of MBDA’s most advanced products and support this same equipment in a state of the art production facility. The role encompasses a broad spectrum of engineering technologies offering the right candidate challenges in their core field, whilst providing scope for growth and career progression. This role is based in Bolton.

What are we looking for?

High performing teams need high performing and proficient individuals. Individuals will be able to demonstrate a number of the following attributes:
  • Ideally HNC (minimum) qualified in a relevant electronic / electrical / RF discipline.
  • Experience in operation and structure of test solutions (RF experience advantageous)
  • Experience in a production support role is an advantage but not essential.
  • Familiarity with the test techniques used on RF, Analogue, Digital, Optical, comms, functional test and ESS (environmental stress screening) processes.
  • A good communicator with the ability to influence the design of the product to enhance its testability.
  • Ability to take ownership of assigned tasks and investigations and develop solutions to problems with some guidance and direction from other specialists where required.

What’s in it for you!

This role provides a unique opportunity to contribute to the transition of designs into production and to be part of a team that is the first port of call when problems occur. The problems can be varied and technically complicated and often aren’t what they first appear to be.

The scope to learn and enhance your capabilities and understanding of both environments is a rare opportunity. You will have plenty of opportunity to interface at all levels of the organisation and to improve the interface between design and manufacturing especially in ensuring that our designs are robust and contain the features vital to improve manufacturability and testability.
  • The opportunity to work on some of the most sophisticated engineering products in the sector
  • The opportunity to develop and grow into broader engineering subject areas (analogue, digital, RF optical, ESS, power and more)
  • Career progression opportunities to more senior engineering roles and beyond
  • The ability to specialise in certain fields
  • A broad and varied technology and skill base
  • A broad network of contacts within the defence industry
  • The opportunity to travel to other European and non-European subject countries (subject to the status of COVID-19 restrictions)

You will 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

This role involves performing a range of tasks in support of the more experienced Production Design Support Engineers across the product set that they support. These tasks will be carried out in accordance with all relevant processes, quality and other requirements. They will include:
  • Working within highly skilled teams contributing to the design, development and deployment of a wide spectrum of leading edge test equipment systems, providing test solutions for MBDA product sub-assemblies, units, and systems, from product development phases through to manufacturing testing and trials
  • Collaborating closely with various teams in the manufacturing facility at Bolton and the design teams at Stevenage
  • Participating and contributing to all aspects of MBDA test systems with respect to new innovations, developments, manufacturing capability, quality and design decision gate reviews, including design for test and test requirements definition.
  • Support, develop and deliver new design and modifications to existing test systems for a variety of test equipment programmes (including live missile testing).
  • Provide technical support on test systems; to project teams, manufacturing teams, customer support functions and customers directly.
  • Writing technical reports and keeping a log of investigation work for self-reference and for the reference of others.

Join a great team!

The Production Design Support team is a multi-skilled team of interdependent, highly capable and committed individuals. They are the crucial link between design and manufacturing and must use all of their experience, technical, and personal capabilities to collaborate with both areas of the business, where time and cost pressures often cause rifts in the interface that must be carefully handled for success. The team is friendly, supportive, encouraging and is respected throughout the manufacturing and design organisations.
  • A small team working in a larger group creates a fantastic local atmosphere with a good level of support and challenge
  • You will be working in a brand-new bespoke production facility with a modern environment and the opportunity to develop new tools, techniques and processes
  • A group working within a leading company, offers all the benefits that a large company can bring. Scope for development, competitive benefits package, good local support, and a great atmosphere.

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.
" At MBDA you always have to bear in mind that we are all a part of a very important process that defends our freedoms. "

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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.