Principal Technician - Surveillance

Date: 17 Nov 2023

Location: Isle of South Uist, Scotland, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Principal Technician – Ground Radio / Surveillance   
Location:        Outer Hebrides, Scotland + Adaptive Working Arrangement
Package:        Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:      Full time / Permanent 
Role ID:          SF15475


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Principal Technician – Ground Radio / Surveillance at our MOD Hebrides Range Control site, South Uist, but part of a business wide capability team occasionally supporting other sites across the UK. 


The Hebrides Range is located at various sites on the islands of South Uist, Benbecula and St. Kilda and is operated by QinetiQ on behalf of the Ministry of Defence under the terms of the Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) contract. The Missile Testing Range was built by the Royal Air Force in the 1950s;  today, the site consists of Deep Range for complex weapons trials and in-service firings and an Inner Range for ground-based air defence campaigns.


The role
As a Principal Technician – Ground Radio / Surveillance based on South Uist you will work as part of the wider Engineering team and be responsible to the Ground Radio Systems Team Lead. We offer flexible working for this position in line with corporate and local guidelines, including working from home and hybrid working, TOIL, flexible hours, video conferencing, flexible breaks and paid overtime.


This is a safety critical role, where you will provide Engineering Leadership and expertise to ensure that both air and sea surveillance equipment, along with associated communications / networked systems, remain available to support the safe delivery of trials and other customer activities.


Day-to-day you will provide:


  • System Management of Primary and Secondary Air Surveillance radars and ancillary equipment.
  • System Management of fixed and deployable Marine surveillance radars and ancillary equipment.
  • Support to Ground to Air and Ship to Shore communications systems, associated displays and network infrastructure


Accountabilities of the Principal Technician – Ground Radio / Surveillance 

  • Engineering Leadership, maintenance and repair of Air Traffic Management (ATM) Systems and other equipment listed above.
  • The Technical Handover of ATM systems to NATS Air Traffic Controllers and Range Operations personnel prior to operational use.
  • The management of protected documents and information systems.
  • Co-ordination and Management of equipment maintenance records in accordance with MOD 700 series documentation, including statutory reports to RAF/MOD.
  • The management of software and hardware system build states.
  •  Engineering Policy and relevant MOD JSPs, CAA and MAA regulations.
  • Act as the Surveillance Engineering Lead during key system upgrades or replacements, working closely with project communities.
  • Maintain Technical Assurance and Security Accreditation documentation in accordance with company policies.
  • Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision of junior members of the team including apprentices.


Qualifications and experience of the Principal Technician – Ground Radio / Surveillance

  • HND or equivalent services or industry experience in relevant Electrical, Electronic or communications discipline
  • RAF Watchman ‘Q’ course qualification or equivalent airfield radar qualification
  • Membership of a relevant professional body, and/or registration with the UK engineering council as EngTech with relevant further experience / development towards IEng or equivalent.
  • Fit to undertake Working at Height/Tower and Mast climbing, full training will be provided.
  • Fit to undertake Helicopter Underwater Escape Training for helicopter transit to St Kilda, full training will be provided.
  • Full UK driving license


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance, as a minimum: UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (


Our Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community



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. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture.


About QinetiQ
As a company of thousands of 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 who 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, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.