Senior/Principal Mechanical Engineer (Thermal)

United Kingdom
Posted 1 month ago
Job CategoryMechanical Engineering

Engineers work within a project team delivering against customer requirements. Led by a Project Manager along with a Project Engineer the projects are managed within a work package framework.

As a Mechanical Engineer you will be responsible for developing technical solutions for satellite mechanical hardware addressing structural and thermal aspects to satisfy project requirements.

You may have a strong design or analysis background but it’s unlikely you will have been exposed to all the duties and skills listed below. We don’t wish to label you with a prescribed discipline, we want you to develop and grow as an individual as we expose you to new areas of engineering.

Core duties:

  • Developing clear understanding of customer requirements and impact on designs to determine sensitivities, resolve technical issues/requirements/design solutions with customers pragmatically and efficiently
  • Designing and/or performing analysis (thermal essential with mechanical-structural & dynamic-vibration would be favourable but not essential) to support structures projects
  • Lead technical trade off meetings
  • Preparing thorough and detailed reports which focus on the verification of requirements
  • Writing and maintaining technical documentation such e.g. VCD, DDVP, ICD, technical budgets, assembly and test plans
  • Inputting into internal and customer reviews e.g. KO, PDR, CDR, and readiness reviews
  • Providing technical support to procurement, assembly and test activities
  • Managing configuration of all designs (control of BOM)
  • Assisting in the definition of model philosophy

Depending on the demands of the business and your experience you may be working on discrete engineering tasks or as a work package manager or potentially as the Project Engineer for exceptional candidates.

Other responsibilities as Project Engineer include:

  • Working with Project Manager and the Product Assurance manager as the core project delivery team
  • Having primary design authority and accountability on the project
  • Technical leadership of multi-disciplinary project team (Mechanical, Electrical and RF)
  • Leading, defining and delivering the verification process including owning verification documents against customer requirements

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • It is essential to have a Bachelor’s degree-level qualification in Mechanical engineering. Additional postgraduate (Masters or above) education is preferred, especially if relevant to space engineering.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following: mechanical, thermal, mechanism, electrical systems, systems engineering
  • Experience with one or more of the following: concept design, gears, motors and mechanisms, static, thermal, thermo-elastic and random vibration analyses
  • The ability to quickly understand new technical concepts is essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working within multi-disciplined team
  • Proven experience to adhere to and enforce deadlines and control project costs
  • Experience in a similar role within a regulated industry (Space, Nuclear, Aerospace, Automotive) typically:
    • 5 to 15 years (for a senior Engineer)
    • 15+ years (for a principal Engineer)
  • It would be advantageous if at least 1-2 of these years were in the Space Industry with familiarity of ECSS standards If not, you should have a strong desire to work in the space industry.
  • Experience with software packages for mechanical design and/or structural analysis, thermal analysis and mathematical modelling (e.g. SW professional, FEMAP, NASTRAN, ADAMS, Matlab etc)
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software

You will also need:

  • To demonstrate a clear and logical “common sense” approach to problem solving
  • Excellent English, with the ability to clearly articulate technical points in writing and verbally, along with superb presentation skills
  • The ability to work both independently and in teams as required by the individual task
  • Effective interpersonal skills, to build good relationships
  • Proven ability to work within defined timescales to meet programme milestones and on several projects at any one time
  • To be motivated by technical challenges, meeting deadlines, problem solving and practical implementation of new ideas
  • A willingness to learn and share knowledge with other members of the team

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