Test and Evaluation Systems Engineer Graduate - Early Careers

Date: 22 May 2023

Location: Aberporth, Wales, GB

Company: QinetiQ


It’s an exciting time to join one of our Early Careers programmes at QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join our team, whether you are taking your first steps in starting a career or you are looking to make a career change, we have a wide range of exciting opportunities for you.


About the team:
As part of the Long Term Partnering Arrangement (LTPA) QinetiQ has with MOD, a number of facilities and systems that are maintained around the country to support the test and evaluation of military assets. This is an exciting opportunity to join a high performing team of multi-disciplinary engineers delivering critical test and evaluation of defence related Air Range trials and projects. As part of this team, you will develop the necessary skills to simulate some of the most challenging environments in the world to ensure that the systems are ultimately safe and suitable for release to service.

QinetiQ Engineering: 

QinetiQ's Engineers are renowned for providing high quality, independent technical advice to a wide range of customers, in support of their major acquisition programmes, and for developing our own range of world-leading products. We are looking for people to join our growing team of Test and Evaluation Systems Engineers who are interested in applying and developing their technical expertise, across a number of domains, both military and commercial.



The day-to-day activities will be carried out at the Hebrides Range in Scotland and Aberporth Range in Wales, it will consist of 6-month placements with four rotations to each Range, There will also be occasional travel to other QinetiQ sites for training.



What will I be doing?

Duties will include assisting with Range investment projects for example; upgrading the Trial Controls System, New tracking and surveillance RADAR requirements, Digital Communications, Digital expansion of Range Capabilities, and you may find yourself leading specific areas or the development of sub-systems, with appropriate supervision. The role will require you to be involved in establishing a knowledge of a broad application of Range systems engineering and Trials delivery knowledge, from the establishing of user needs through to final delivery. There will be regular customer contact resulting in the design, management, documentation and delivery of robust engineering solutions in conjunction with the Range and Project Management community.


Typically, you will work across a number of these areas and develop strong whole lifecycle experience:

  • Support the Senior System Engineers and Technical Leads on relevant technical matters relating to a range of areas across the system being developed;
  • Engage with customers, other stakeholders, and suppliers;
  • Work as part of a technical team in support of project objectives and contract deliverables in accordance with the Technical Delivery Plan;
  • Contribute to the planning of trials including the production of test plans, execution of trial activities and post-trial analysis;
  • Assist in the production of technical documentation.
  • Deliver work and reports on progress to more senior technical and project staff;
  • Escalate significant problems and issues encountered to senior technical and project staff;
  • Assist the nominated lead for the delivery of delegated project tasks and may be required to lead on less complex project work;


Academic requirements:

You will need to have attained or working towards a degree with a key focus on any of the disciplines listed.

  • System Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Communication systems
  • Radar Systems
  • Networking Architecture


 Additional requirements:

  • Have a strong interest and/or experience within System Engineering
  • Have a strong interest and/or experience within Test and Evaluation or Integration
  • Self-motivated team member that takes ownership of tasking whilst operating collaboratively within a dynamic team.
  • Flexible approach to tasking potentially be able to support multiple projects or tasks in a variety of stages of development.
  • Be prepared to travel to customer and QinetiQ sites on a project-dependent basis to support project delivery.
  • Please be aware that many roles within QinetiQ will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.
  • You must be prepared to go through the Government Vetting process. For further details please refer to, https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/united-kingdom-security-vetting



  • Aberporth Wales
  • Hebrides Scotland





Why join QinetiQ?

As a global company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise, we are excited to recruit the most talented and enthusiastic people to become key parts of our business. Our Early Careers programmes give you the opportunity to be at the heart of impactful projects. 


Diversity and inclusion

In our unique working environment, teams from different backgrounds collaborate widely on some of the world’s most complex defence and security challenges. Whatever part you play, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies. It’s a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Together, we’ll explore new ways of protecting the world around us. 


Your wellbeing

Looking after the health and wellbeing of our employees are our top priority. We offer a host of services designed to support your wellbeing. They range from our Thrive app and Employee Assistance Programme to Mental Health First Aiders. The wellbeing of our employees is critical to our collective and individual success. 


Rewards and benefits

We offer global career progression and the opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting projects along with a wide range of rewards and recognition. Our highly competitive salaries come with a raft of benefits, from a performance-based Employee Incentive Scheme to Thank Q, our global recognition scheme. There’s also a Share Incentive Plan, Life Assurance and Benefits+, our flexible benefits package. It’s all designed to make life easier for you.


About QinetiQ

Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. With a focus on protecting the world around us, we have a target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and we are developing a global plan for net zero by March 2022. Being a responsible and sustainable business is at the heart of our identity.  

Come and find out how you can play your part.