Mechanical Design Engineer

02 May 2017
30 May 2017
David Hogan
Contract Type
Full Time
The Company:
makes the freedom of flight possible by designing, manufacturing and supporting the world’s best aircraft. Its people around the globe are united by a passion for aviation, as well as their desire to create better, more efficient ways for airlines and passengers to fly.

The Role:
Airbus DS’ Zephyr is a solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS), designed to complement the advantages of both satellites and classic unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Flying in the stratosphere at an altitude of around 65.000 ft, HAPS offer a high, inherently stable vantage point unaffected by air traffic and weather and thus enable numerous unique remote-sensing or communication services. Combining long endurance and local footprint, HAPS quite literally fill the gap between satellites and today’s UAVs. By day Zephyr flies on solar power generated by paper-thin solar cells covering its 23-metre wingspan which drive its two small propellers and charge up lithium-sulphur batteries which power the craft during the night-time.
Zephyr is the state-of-the-art technology demonstrator of Airbus DS’ HAPS programme. It holds three official world records including the longest endurance of any unmanned aircraft.

Role and responsibilities:
As part of the continued development of the Zephyr platform and opportunity has arisen for an experienced Mechanical design engineer to join the team. Working as part of the Airbus Defence and Space Zephyr team, contributing to the on-going performance improvements of the world record breaking Zephyr Platform. This position is focussed on the design improvements to the extremely lightweight structure capable of persistent flight in the stratosphere.

• Working with Systems Design Authority you will be responsible for;
o Optimising mechanical design of HAPS platforms and support equipment
o Develop solutions meeting system requirements focussing on lightweight structures
o Preparing and presenting design solutions to design reviews
o Working with production teams with a focus on design for manufacture
o Completion of designs including creation of CAD modelling
• Accountable to the Head of Engineering

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
Candidates will have significant experience in the aerospace industry with either a degree in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering, or equivalent experience. The successful candidate’s experience and skills will include the following:
• Interpretation of system technical requirements into a finalised design and product
• Knowledge of composite fabrication techniques
• In depth knowledge of drawing standards specifically technical product specification BS8888
• Extensive Cad modelling experience ideally using Solid Works
• Proven track record in Space/Aerospace industry
• Experience of managing project work packages to tight timescales throughout the full life cycle of a project
• Experience of requirements capture and management would be an advantage

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft’s services.

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