AIT Mechanical Satellite Engineer

  • Location

    Stevenage, Hertfordshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace Manufacturing

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    Up to £28.00 per hour + 20% shift

  • Contact:

    Joanne Edwards

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  • Published:

    8 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

  • Expiry date:


  • Start date:

    January 2019

  • Client:


Our Stevenage client has a requirement for Mechanical Engineers to join their team. The contract will be of their four on four off or double day shift, this with incur at 20% uplift on the rate.

The client has two shifts:

Days £28 Ltd

4 on 4 off £28 Ltd plus 20% shift allowance


To provide Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) Mechanical Engineering support based on robust processes, Activity Control Sheets (ACSs) and procedures, for the assembly and integration of earth, navigation and scientific spacecraft. Supporting spacecraft environmental testing including thermal, vibration, payload deployment, and shock testing. Supporting spacecraft launch activities at launch site including spacecraft handling and coordination of mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE). Leading the design, manufacture and procurement of MGSE for use during spacecraft AIT. Resolving non-conformance to the design.


Project Preparation Phase -
Support in the creation of documentation required for the production phases, including ACS inputs, work instructions, and procedures.
Support Process Owner team in all aspects of their role.

Project Operational Phase -
Oversee and support integration activities on the spacecraft.
Writing spacecraft build & test documentation and leading its acceptance until completion of successful integration readiness review.
Leading lifting/ handling of the spacecraft as operations director.
Supporting the AIT Lead Engineer in periods of high workload.
Support process owners with observation resolution and operational activities.
Support in the production of re-work instructions based on project requirements and identify parts and tooling required to carry them out.

Non Project -
Design of tooling (MGSE) / build aids for assembly execution.
Produce new processes, undertake process improvement and maintenance and monitor process implementation in operations.


Mechanical Engineering
Production Engineering & Assembly


Good understanding and experience of mechanical systems.
Spacecraft AIT and Nitrogen purge systems.
Environmental testing (Vibration, Acoustic, Mass properties, Thermal)
Mechanical integration of mechanisms, black boxes, antennas, solar arrays, mechanical sub-systems, instruments, and payloads.
Writing build documentation and resolving non-conformances from an AIT perspective.
Understanding of configuration control and 'as design as built' status.


High mechanical skills and relevant experience.
Procedures and process control.
Able to work offsite (UK and abroad) for undefined periods at short notice.
Work overtime and shifts is expected.
Able to support out of normal hours work using the "on call" rota process.
Practical and proactive.
Quality driven approach with high attention to detail.
Knowledge and experience in the production of high quality documentation (test specs, test plans, test procedures, AIT Plans, DDV plans).
High self-motivation and ability to deal with changing priorities on a multi project basis.
ISO 8 Clean room practices.
Good problem solving skills (technical, logistics and organisational).
Good planning skills and process competence, (MRP system experience an advantage).
Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
Previous experience of spacecraft AIT is a distinct advantage.
Good time management.
Appreciation of satellite AIT processes and project phases.