AIT RF Test Operator

Job Summary

The AIT RF Test Technician is responsible for performing unit electrical integration, and RF performance testing on spacecraft payloads, using Automated Test Equipment and manual test equipment.

Reporting To

Manager of Payload AIT Electrical Test

Internal Relationships

Operations team leaders, AIT Payload Test group, Logistics teams, AIT Test Director / AIT RF Lead Engineer, Operations team, Project team lead.

Job Profile


  • This individual is responsible for performing electrical test activities throughout all test phases of the project life-cycle.
  • Perform electrical integration on payloads using both automated test equipment and manual measurements, using equipment such as oscilloscopes and multi-meters.
  • Perform manual RF measurements of payload equipment and sub systems using equipment such as Power Meters, Spectrum Analysers, Network analysers and signal Generators.
  • Run Automated test sequences using a Payload Test System (PTS) in accordance with issued test procedures.
  • Check performance of payload equipment against parameters detailed in test procedures and review results for non-conformances.
  • Perform connection of test hardware (DC, Coaxial & Waveguide) to flight interfaces following company processes.
  • Complete build records to comply with company quality standards.
  • Maintain 5S principles and carry out daily audits to keep integration areas (tools, toolboxes, workstations, etc.) clean and organised.

Work hours could include shift patterns such as 4 days on, 4 days off 12h shifts, early shift 06.00 - 14.00, late shift 14.00 - 22.00 or night shift 22.00 - 06.00. Candidates may also be required to work weekends so need to be fully flexible. A shift uplift of 20% will be paid for shift hours between 06:00 and 22:00 and 33% for shift hours between 22:00 and 06:00.

Skills/Experience Required


  • Practical / hands on Electrical and RF Engineering experience including utilisation of relevant instruments
  • Knowledge of automatic test systems and result processing.
  • Able to integrate easily and quickly into AIT teams and communicate confidently to internal customers
  • Able to work autonomously in a pro-active and responsible manner.

Essential -

  • RF test experience in high quality manufacturing/test environment related to communication equipment (antennas, mobile phones etc)
  • Previous use of spectrum analysers / PSA and/or network analysers (PNA / PNA-X)
  • Previous use of electrical test equipment such as oscilloscopes and multimeters.
  • Experience in working to test procedures
  • Availability to work on shift and weekend working as required.

Desirable -

  • Telecommunication / Aerospace industry / military engineering previous experience
  • Availability to work abroad at short notice.
  • Clean room experience
  • Security clearance to SC level

Target Industries -





High Tech Manufacturing

Working Pattern

Monday to Friday - fortnightly rotating double day shifts - expectation of working extra hours mid-week & weekends


Occasional travel to other UK sites


Possible extension after initial contract duration

Base of Work

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

Reason for vacancy

Maternity/Paternity cover


Interview Process

One stage interview - on site

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

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Expiry Date
02/04/2023 12:11:00
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