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Senior Environmental Test Engineer

Martin Baker Aircraft Company Ltd
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Closing date
Aug 26, 2022

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Environmental Engineering
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Academia, Industry
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Martin-Baker is the world's leading manufacturer of ejection seats and related equipment. It is the only company that can offer a fully integrated escape system that satisfies the very latest in pilot operational capability and safety standards. Martin-Baker offers a complete 'end-to-end service', from helping the customer to establish operational safety and escape requirements, including design, development and qualification, to on-going support throughout the entire service life of the aircraft.

A vacancy has arisen for a Senior Environmental Test Engineer in the Electro-Mechanical team of the Environmental Test department at the Denham site.

The purpose of this role is:
  • To design, plan and organise environmental testing (climatic, vibration, EMC, etc.) of material, assemblies, and systems to prove that they meet the design and customer requirements.
  • The ability to handle multiple projects and identify synergies between projects and process efficiencies is key to success in the role, as is time management and the ability to assimilate complex product and test information.
  • To produce detailed, precise, and technical documentation to describe the test procedure to be enacted, criteria against which success shall be measured and requirements being met for a variety of systems.
  • To ensure through direct supervision, compliant and ultimately safe performance of all testing for which the test engineer has been allocated responsibility.
  • To produce detailed, precise, and technical test reports to present the results, analysis, and technical discussion to obtain customer approval.

Areas of Responsibility:
  • Safety - Comply with procedures and instructions relating to H&S issues; participate in H&S training, follow instructions, and promote a safety culture in the department. To assist in the creation of risk assessments for the tests being planned.
  • Operational Excellence - Plan own work and assist with the planning of engineers against project milestones. To assist with improvements to task estimation. Conduct detailed analysis of any failure encountered during test and implement actions from investigation. Own and complete Continuous Improvement Actions and Projects
  • Customer Experience - Managing assigned workflows to produce deliverables on-time and in full. Contribute suggestions for design improvement based on lessons learned through testing.
  • Technology and Service Excellence
    • Coordinate and supervise product testing performed both within the Environmental test facility and appointed external service providers.
    • Evaluate post test data, through reduction analysis and interpretation of instrumentation data and develop analysis tools.
    • Preparation of Test Procedure plans and schedules to include test facility selection and oversight, test design and fixture development.
    • Prepare and issue technical Test Reports for review and approval by customer(s) both internal and external to MBA.
    • Assist in the development of test programmes to satisfy programme and customer requirements.
    • Assist with the review of all team generated documents (test procedures, reports, and instructions)
    • Provide guidance and support to junior test engineers on issues of test conduct, results interpretation, and fault investigations.
    • Call and chair Test Readiness Reviews as required to ensure the robust delivery of the test campaigns.
  • People Excellence - Provides guidance to groups of the department. Reviews own work carefully and reviews work and decisions of others in the group. Act as a leader within the department to guide development of more junior engineers.
  • To undertake any other duties and responsibilities as required / instructed to maintain and / or improve the efficiency, quality and service provided by the Department

Education & Qualifications:
  • 2.1 / 1st degree qualified or equivalent gained through work experience - electrical/electromechanical or similar
  • It would be an advantage to be a member of IMECHE, IET, or RAeS.

Specific / Technical Skill
  • A good planner of own work and that of others. Understands how to prioritise and schedule tasks.
  • Basic knowledge of Test and Measurement Instrumentation. Knowledge of signal processing and analysis.
  • Good knowledge of electronic system and EEE/EMC test techniques and systems.
  • Extensive data analysis skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint tools
  • Knowledge of Vibration and Climatic test techniques and systems would be beneficial
  • Basic macro writing skills would be advantageous

Person Specification:
  • Professional - Always achieves the highest possible standards in every task.
  • Understanding - Is sympathetically aware of others' viewpoints and work to comprehend why they might conflict with theirs.
  • Teamwork - Works hard to eliminate functional silos. Aligns all activity with strategic objectives. Is honest, open, and factual.
  • Humility - Understand when they are wrong and why. Use failure positively in everything they do.
  • Accountability - Accepts responsibility for addressing issues. Highlights problems but works proactively to resolve them.
  • Integrity - Acts honestly, ethically and without prejudice with everyone all the time.

Knowledge & Experience:
  • Solid experience in developing and managing test programmes
  • Familiarity of Military and civilian test standards including MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464, MIL-HDBK-240, MIL-STD-704, EN61204-3
  • Highly developed communication skills: able to communicate verbally, in presentation format and in writing at senior level; able to develop links with other technical specialists within the business.
  • Test Procedure generation and review experience.
  • Strong electrical test/design, academic and management skills developed through experimentation and classroom-based teaching & project work
  • Thorough grounding in Health and Safety relating to testing environment
  • Some familiarity with people management
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