Electrical Technician - 5m Wind Tunnel

Date: 26 Aug 2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job title: Electrical Technician                     Location: Farnborough, GB            Company: QinetiQ

About the role


We are looking for an Electrical Technician to join our Wind Tunnel Engineering Team to be responsible for installing, maintaining, modifying and upgrading electrical systems and conducting general maintenance.


You will be part of a multi-disciplinary engineering team supporting the operation, maintenance and upgrade of the facility. The team are hands on, working daily in either the set-up of bespoke tests, maintenance of equipment, fault finding and rectification, continuous improvement or wholesale upgrading of systems.


This role would suit someone who has recently completed a recognised apprenticeship with relevant vocational qualifications, who is eager to learn new skills and gain knowledge in the wide variety of systems and sub-systems that underpin facility operation e.g. rotating machines, variable speed drives, PLC’s, plant control and instrumentation.


The QinetiQ 5m Wind Tunnel remains at the forefront of low speed aerodynamic testing and plays an important role in the development of next generation aircraft.  The combination of large test section and pressurisation up to three atmospheres make it unique in the UK.  The facility incorporates extensive engineering systems, including compressors, cooling system, main fan, model handling systems and precision instrumentation, which are controlled by centralised computer based plant control and data acquisition systems.  


What do I need?

Experience in some of the following areas would be desirable, but not essential.

  • Knowledge of health and safety processes
  • Awareness of statutory and non-statutory regulations
  • Electrical (or closely related) apprenticeship in an industrial or manufacturing environment
  • Relevant technical / vocational qualifications attained during apprenticeship
  • 1 year’s practical experience installing and maintaining industrial electrical systems
  • Awareness of safe systems of work
  • 18th edition IET wiring regulations certification is preferable, but would train if necessary


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

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What will I be doing?

  • Provide basic electrical skills and knowledge working as part of the Wind Tunnel multi-disciplinary technical team
  • Install, maintain, modify and upgrade electrical systems under the direction of more senior members of the team when required
  • Fault finding on basic electrical systems
  • Conduct general electrical systems maintenance in accordance with the facility PPM tool
  • Must be able to work at heights and within confined spaces
  • Basic knowledge of electrical systems e.g. rotating machines and variable speed drives
  • Ability to troubleshoot basic electrical faults / issues and repair / rectify them
  • Awareness of control systems e.g. PLCs, instrumentation, electrical system interfaces
  • Ability to read and understand basic electrical drawings
  • Appetite to learn new systems
  • Support customer trials (changing standard working hours to shifts when needed)



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.