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Airframes Operative

Date: 27-Jul-2022

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ Target Systems is a world-leading provider of unmanned air, land and surface targets for live-fire training and weapons system test and evaluation.

We are currently seeking to recruit a temporary Airframes Operative who would be responsible for constructing airframes, surface vessel targets and associated components from the QTS range of target types within a production environment.


The role will involve:

  • Manufacturing and assembling sub-assemblies and fitment of these into GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic) target aircraft and boats.
  • Working from written instructions and drawings.
  • Working in co-operation with all departments in the production facility.
  • Maintaining a consistent standard of work and performance to satisfy the Company’s Quality Assurance standards.
  • Performing duties and additional tasks as directed by the Production Supervisor or his / her deputy.
  • Complying with company quality procedures.
  • Meeting weekly production targets.
  • Reporting of data for quality purposes.
  • Carrying out general housekeeping tasks
  • Continuous improvement to production methods.


Required skills:

  • Practical skills including working with hand tools  
  • Experience of working in a manufacturing environment
  • IT literate
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Good attention to detail


It would be desirable to have:

  • Basic product knowledge of the QTS aerial target range
  • Experience of glass fibre lamination and processes


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

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Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits. You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more.


About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. 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. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.