Opportunities to join the Electrical & EC&I Team at the world-class QinetiQ Wind Tunnel

Date: 26 Aug 2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ



This is an opportunity to join the Farnborough Wind Tunnel Engineering Team who provide a world-class testing service to our customers which plays an important part in the development of the next generation of aircraft.  Over the past 20 years, the work carried out at QinetiQ has helped to deliver market-leading aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777X.


The QinetiQ 5m Wind Tunnel remains at the forefront of low speed aerodynamic testing. 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.

QinetiQ is looking for dynamic individuals to join the wind tunnel engineering team to support the delivery of wind tunnel testing for the global aircraft industry in its challenging quest to improve aircraft efficiency and to preserve our environment.


What does the Wind Tunnel Engineering team do?


The QinetiQ 5m Wind Tunnel is supported by a dedicated engineering team that is responsible for maintaining, sustaining and developing the whole wind tunnel ecosystem to provide an efficient and effective “Test Service” that delivers high fidelity data for our customers.  The engineering team ensures the wind tunnel is fully maintained, calibrated and configured for test operations, with any bespoke customer instrumentation integrated into the data acquisition and post-processing systems.  


The opportunities will suit people looking for a practical, hands-on role as part of the multi-skilled engineering team.  You will aspire to develop both a broad knowledge of the whole facility and deep specialised knowledge in specific areas. The wind tunnel operation, combined with the ability to continuously learn and collaborate with others, provides the opportunity for a long, fulfilling and rewarding technical career.


What is the scope of opportunities?


We are looking for:


  • Instrumentation and control engineers, ideally with an electronics background, who will work closely with our Electronics Lead and will be responsible for maintaining, sustaining and developing the control and instrumentation systems.   This requires good practical knowledge of data acquisition & plant control systems (SCADA systems), electronics, computer networks, PLCs, as well as understanding the integration of instrumentation, sensors and data systems.  A good knowledge of LabVIEW would be a distinct advantage.


  • Electrical / Plant Technicians, who will have recently completed an Electrical (or closely related) Apprenticeship in an industrial or manufacturing environment; you will be involved in plant maintenance and repair, learning about specific equipment and the processes involved in running and maintaining the electrical systems.


The majority of customer test campaigns require shift working, on a two-shifts per day pattern, for which an additional payment is made on top of basic salary.


Why QinetiQ is different


Our people. Our employees make the critical difference to customers by providing unique answers which combine technical expertise, deep domain knowledge and rigorous independent thinking.


Our independence. QinetiQ is not a manufacturer, and we stand apart from the supply chain. It’s our rigorous independent thinking that helps our customers achieve their goals.


Our breadth of capability. Our customers face challenges that define the modern world. They know we are uniquely placed to understand these issues and work with them to ensure the success of their mission or reach their objectives.


Our relationships with customers. Our prized possession is trust. Customers around the world rely on the drive and dedication of our people to help them meet their goals – often in environments where there is no second chance for failure.


Our partnerships. We use partnerships and alliances to accelerate compelling business development strategies and sustainable earnings growth. By licensing our intellectual property we reduce implementation and sales risk, and speed up time-to-market by using third party sales channels.


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 a 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, All Employee Incentive Scheme, 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.


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