AIT Process Engineer

Job Summary

To provide Manufacturing Engineering support to the Operations teams within the part of the MAIT operation that builds propulsion systems for spacecraft.

Supporting the Manufacturing Engineering team deliverables for the production of fully integrated Satellite Telecoms and ENS Products.

This involves working in a high tech & high spec clean room environment - with elements of precision bonding & bolted assembly plus thermal installations and welding of pipework


Will be to support the project to implement the digitalisation of the production process document workflow using Delmia as the primary system - so the confidence to learn and use various software systems will be needed.


Will then to be using that digitalised system operationally as a background to the tasks outlined in the Job Profile below

Job Profile

  • Provide Manufacturing Engineering support to Operations including working with technicians, Inspectors, team leaders and KPO's as and when needed
  • Support the generation of standard instructions in line with scheduled needs.
  • Produce re-work instructions / deviation plans within the digital manufacturing system. Input screen grabs from the 3D design models for visual clarification.
  • Identify parts and tooling required for the processes.
  • Support quality reviews and Root Cause Analysis using lean tools, including driving and owning PPS's.
  • Support Lessons Learned exercises at key milestones involving all key stakeholders in phase (Operations, Process Owners, AIT Management, and Design)
  • Ensure that feedback is provided from the cleanroom and to the Process Owners so that the current processes can be updated to improve them / remove non-quality
  • Support to R&D / R&T for process developments and new process implementation, undertake process improvement and maintenance and monitor process implementation in operations
  • Support training module creation, maintenance & Delivery. (Support to process owner / Operations).
  • Ensure where possible that ME process and procedures are standardised, optimised, current and usable by work with Process Owners to identify future improvements.
  • Design of day to day operational tooling / manufacturing aids for manufacture execution
  • Support the use of MGSE and Tooling and ensure feedback is provided to the MGSE team for issues and improvements.
  • Review documentation and conduct safety reviews to support critical handling activities.

Skills/Experience Required

Essential -

  • Appreciation of Aerospace manufacturing and assembly techniques e.g. Light weight mechanical fastening and bonding techniques
  • Use of jigs and fixtures to aid assemblies
  • A strong working knowledge of digital manufacturing systems for the digital creation of work instructions and manufacturing bill of materials.
  • Ability to manipulate and capture images from 3D models
  • Use of MRP systems
  • Understanding of build documentation to ensure clear instructions are given to shop floor operators.
  • Driving build quality through review of processes and implementation of improvements
  • Time served engineering apprenticeship or equivalent qualifications
  • Good understanding and detailed experience of mechanical engineering and systems, including but not limited to:
    • Lean manufacturing techniques including 5S, root cause analysis and continuous improvement (Green belt)
    • Production planning.
    • Support to operations.
    • Manufacturing / Test processes for the space industry.
    • Mechanical handling equipment.
  • Aerospace, Manufacturing & Production Engineering
  • A background in an aerospace engineering environment, preferably within the space sector
  • High level technical skills and relevant experience.
  • Procedures and process control.
  • Able to work offsite (UK and abroad) for undefined periods at short notice.
  • Work overtime and occasional shifts, as and when required.
  • Able to support out of normal hours work using the "on call" rota process, as and when required.
  • Team working and team leading skills.
  • Practical and proactive.
  • Process and Quality driven approach with high attention to detail.
  • High self-motivation and ability to deal with changing priorities on a multi project basis.
  • Good planning skills and process competence.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Previous experience of aerospace structures and build requirements is a distinct advantage.
  • Good time management.

Desirable -

  • A knowledge of Tig welding on small bore pipe work - often 6mm in diameter
  • A good understanding of spacecraft manufacture and build philosophies
  • Clean room experience
  • Mechanical & Electrical design / manufacturing / validation / experience
  • A knowledge of spacecraft propulsion assembly processes
  • Harness and wiring techniques & testing
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety principles and their application to the specific environment

Target Industries





High Tech Manufacturing


Education & Training

Essential -

Minimum of HNC level in a Mechanical discipline.

A lesser qualification is acceptable if a high level of similar industry experience can be demonstrated.

Working Pattern

PHASE 1 - day shifts

PHASE 2 - Monday to Friday weekly rotating double day shifts with an ad hoc opportunity for extra hours mid-week & weekends - 20% uplift paid for shift work




Probable extension after initial contract duration

Base of Work

This role will be working on site full time - free parking is provided

Reason for vacancy


Guidant Global (Airbus) is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.

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Expiry Date
10/02/2023 18:00:00
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