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Advanced Products Mechanical Engineer

Date: 24-Nov-2022

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job description/Person specification:
We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic and proactive engineer to work in QinetiQ’s rapidly growing Advanced Services and Products (AS&P) area on a range of projects requiring Mechanical Engineering input and analysis.

 

The role will sit within QinetiQ’s Hybrid Electric Drives (HED) group who specialise in the design, manufacture and test of advanced electro-mechanical drives for military vehicles; both tracked and wheeled. The group have developed advanced drives for tracked vehicles in the form of an electric-cross drive transmission (E-X-Drive®), in wheel drives (Hub Drive) and other drive systems for wheeled vehicles.

 

This unique opportunity is Farnborough based and will offer the successful candidate work ranging from the conduct of design studies, sub system design and analysis through to the production and testing of full scale, technology demonstrator prototypes.
Learning over time and with the support of experienced team members you will expand the range of design and analysis that can be undertaken.

 

Responsibilities will include:-
•    Conduct of design and analysis work to enable sizing of components and features so they will meet the customer’s requirements.
•    Delivering concise and timely feedback to the design team and / or customer including (where appropriate) recommendations for modifications.
•    Production and communication of conceptual designs that will meet requirements.
•    Ensuring that design rationale and analysis assumptions made are recorded and then stored for future reference.
•    Provision of support to development of validation tests, test plans and conduct of tests as required.
•    Using trials results to validate the analytical models used and identify areas for improvement.
•    Support the procurement aspect of the HED Programme.

 

Challenges:
•    Identifying and applying the appropriate analysis method making assumptions as necessary.
•    Identifying and applying efficient solutions that will meet design requirements
•    Rapidly learning to broaden knowledge and the range of problems that can be solved.
•    Working to deadlines set by project milestones.
•    Communicating with suppliers to expedite delivery of parts.

 

Knowledge, skills and personal qualities required
•    Degree or higher degree in a related discipline, e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Electro Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, or similar.
•    An interest or experience in automotive, military vehicles and/or off-road driving would be beneficial.
•    An understanding of vehicle transmission systems would be beneficial.
•    An understanding of autonomous systems would be beneficial.
•    Ability to identify the approach, assumptions and mathematics required to solve an engineering problem.
•    Attention to detail and a concern for accuracy.
•    Good written and verbal presentation skills with the ability to sustain a rational argument and present recommendations to a wide range of people.
•    Knowledge of Microsoft Applications (e.g. Excel, Access, Word)
•    Ability to use CAD software (ideally Solid Works) to communicate and explore ideas and to interrogate designs and obtain required information such as dimensions of features.
•    Experience of manufacture and assembly and familiarity with workshop practices and techniques would be beneficial.
•    Awareness of H&S practices in the workshop.

 

Key accountabilities:
•    Conduct timely and accurate work to produce effective solutions with concise and valid recommendations.
•    As necessary, propose methods for validation trials, produce trials plans, support trials, analyse results, validate models used and identify areas for improvement.
•    Understand and work within a range of requirements and British / ISO standards applicable to the mechanical system being developed.
•    Undertake specific tasks or respond to actions from technical meetings as these arise.
•    Comply fully with QinetiQ/project specific compliance regimes and customer confidentiality requirements.
•    Be proactive in evolving solutions to problems with an emphasis on technical quality.
•    Act in accordance with QinetiQ Values
 
Other requirements
•    Flexibility in working hours would be beneficial.
•    Able to work individually and as part of a team.
•    To hold or be eligible to hold UK SC

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.