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2 months ago
Line Up Aviation
Salary: £27 - £28 per hour
Location: Stevenage
Job type: Contract
Experience: Any or N/A
Contact: Connor Bailey
Sector: Maintenance
Category: Aeronautical Engineer Jobs
Line Up Aviation is a specialist aviation and aerospace recruitment company that has been operating all over the world for more than 30 years. We work with some of the industry's best-known companies and pride ourselves with working to the highest standard of service supported by an ingrained culture of honesty and integrity.

Role: AIT Mechanical Satellite Engineer

Pay: £28.00 PH LTD + Shift Uplift

Contract: 6 Months

Location: Stevenage

Shift pattern of 4 days on 4 days off rotating early and lates

Job Summary

To provide Assembly Integration and test (AIT) mechanical engineering support based on robust processes, activity control sheets (ACSs) and procedures, for the assembly and integration of earth, navigation and scientific spacecraft. Supporting spacecraft environmental testing including thermal, vibration, payload deployment, and shock testing. Supporting spacecraft launch activities at launch site including spacecraft handling and coordination of mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE). Leading the design, manufacture and procurement of MGSE for use during spacecraft AIT. Resolving non-conformance to the design.

Internal Relationships  
  • Mechanical Systems / Technical Authority.
  • Mechanical Design Office.
  • AIT Team (Team Leader, Operations Team, Electrical AIT, AIT Project Manager, Quality Assurance).
  • Stevenage AIT Engineering Team.
  • Involvement in the Technical Process / Process Improvement and R & D Initiative across all sites.
External Relationships 
  • Project staff at Payload and Satellite level.
  • Mechanical Ground Support Equipment sub-contractors.
  • Daily interface with end customer for technical aspects.
Key Responsibilities

Project Preparation Phase
  • Support in the creation of documentation required for the production phases, including ACS inputs, work instructions, and procedures.
  • Support Process Owner team in all aspects of their role.
Project Operational Phase
  • Oversee and support integration activities on the spacecraft.
  • Writing spacecraft build & test documentation and leading its acceptance until completion of successful integration readiness review.
  • Leading lifting/ handling of the spacecraft as operations director.
  • Supporting the AIT Lead Engineer in periods of high workload.
  • Support process owners with observation resolution and operational activities.
  • Support in the production of re-work instructions based on project requirements and identify parts and tooling required to carry them out.
Non Project
  • Design of tooling (MGSE) / build aids for assembly execution
  • Produce new processes, undertake process improvement and maintenance and monitor process implementation in operations.
Job/Technical Knowledge           
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Production Engineering & Assembly
Qualification Level Required
  • Minimum of HNC level in a Mechanical discipline. A lesser qualification is acceptable if a high level of similar industry experience can be demonstrated.
Experience Required
  • Good understanding and experience of mechanical systems. 
  • Spacecraft AIT and Nitrogen purge systems.
  • Environmental testing (Vibration, Acoustic, Mass properties, Thermal)
  • Mechanical integration of mechanisms, black boxes, antennas, solar arrays, mechanical sub-systems, instruments, and payloads.
  • Writing build documentation and resolving non-conformances from an AIT perspective.
  • Understanding of configuration control and ‘as design as built’ status.
Working Environment/Industry Background

  • Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering
Essential Requirements

  • High mechanical skills and relevant experience.
  • Procedures and process control.
  • Able to work offsite (UK and abroad) for undefined periods at short notice.
  • Work overtime and shifts is expected.
  • Able to support out of normal hours work using the “on call” rota process.
  • Practical and proactive.
  • Quality driven approach with high attention to detail.
  • Knowledge and experience in the production of high quality documentation (test specs, test plans, test procedures, AIT Plans, DDV plans).
  • High self-motivation and ability to deal with changing priorities on a multi project basis.
  • ISO 8 Clean room practices.
  • Good problem solving skills (technical, logistics and organisational).
  • Good planning skills and process competence, (MRP system experience an advantage).
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Previous experience of spacecraft AIT is a distinct advantage.
  • Good time management.
  • Appreciation of satellite AIT processes and project phases.
Desirable Requirements
  • Experience of Lean engineering and MRP systems such as SAP.
  • Optical alignment of equipment using theodolites.
  • Aerospace experience.
  • Mechanical design / validation / experience
  • FMEA Experience
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement philosophies
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety principles and their application to the specific environment
  • Rudimentary understanding of RF properties and associated risks.
If you are interested in applying for this position and you meet the requirements, please send your updated CV to: Connor Bailey at Line Up Aviation

Due to the number of applications we receive, it’s not always possible to contact unsuccessful applicants. Unless you hear from us within 14 days of your application, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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