Principal Mechanical Test Engineer

Date: 5 Dec 2023

Location: Rosyth, Scotland, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:       Principal Mechanical Test Engineer  
Location:       Rosyth, Dunfermline
Package:       Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:     Full time / Permanent 
Role ID:         SF14551


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Principal Mechanical Test Engineer at our Rosyth site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.


We are looking for a positive and enthusiastic Principal Mechanical Test Engineer to join a high performing team of multi-disciplinary structural engineers, including subject matter experts in delivering critical test & evaluation of complex maritime structures delivering mission critical solutions for our customers in commercial and defence sectors in the UK and worldwide.,


The role
As a Principal Mechanical Test Engineer you will work alongside engineers to deliver testing of submarine and surface ship structures, assessing their performance within the demanding environments that the platforms will be subjected to throughout their operational life. You will alos support other members of the team in the field of Structural Analysis and Non-Destructive Evaluation.


Day to day you will:

  • Act as the overall technical lead/project manager being responsible for time, cost and quality of team and individual work.
  • Responsible for the production of timely and proactive engineering outputs, through attending and contributing to meetings and other communication methods, both formal and informal, as required.
  • Responsible for the definition and delivery of technical work plans, resources and tasks, working with the project manager on schedule, budget, risks, dependencies and constraints.
  • Ensure effective governance to demonstrate that the technical solution meets appropriate regulatory, legal, safety and engineering standards.
  • Fully capture and understand the customers’ requirements and providing innovative solutions to customers’ problems.
  • Lead bidding activities.


This is a full-time role, base at our Rosyth site, near Edinburgh.


Skills and Experience of the Principal Mechanical Test Engineer  

  • Significant, demonstrable experience in a relevant engineering role
  • Fatigue Analysis and testing
  • Expert level Understanding of structural fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • Materials testing including data collection and analysis
  • Good Understanding of welding processes and metallurgical failure analysis
  • Understanding of maritime construction materials and maritime structures
  • Understanding of Non-Destructive Evaluation techniques and how data obtained from NDE can  influence maritime structural requirements
  • Knowledge of scripting or a programming language such as Python (desirable)
  • Knowledge of performance capabilities of a variety or Royal Navy Platforms (desirable)
  • Knowledge of scripting or a programming language such as Python (desirable)

Qualifications for the Principal Mechanical Test Engineer  

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or other suitable discipline
  • Membership of relevant professional engineering institution at Chartered level or commitment to achieve membership at Chartered level.


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 a 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.


Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.