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The RAL Space Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory develops space instruments and ground-based astronomy instruments for agencies including ESA, NASA, UKSA and ESO, and other commercial customers. The Thermal Engineering Group within the Department requires a graduate mechanical engineer to join the Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) Manufacturing Facility team. MLI is one of the key thermal control technologies used within space-based satellites and instruments, and is used in the majority of satellites today. MLI must be designed to meet customer requirements for, among other things, operating temperature, insulation performance, space environment and launch mechanical environment. This requires the application of a broad range of engineering and science.
Summary of key duties & responsibilities
You will work under the direct supervision of the MLI Manufacturing Facility manager, who will support you in the design and development of MLI for space instruments and ground support equipment. Duties will include, but may not be limited to:
- Development of MLI designs to satisfy customer requirements for coverage
- Thermal analysis of MLI designs
- Production of CAD designs for MLI blankets, or overseeing CAD design by others
- Assisting with the writing of project proposals and bids for new MLI work
- Project management of small MLI projects
- Research, development and testing of novel techniques and technologies for MLI manufacture
- Assisting with the production and integration of MLI (as required)
- Assisting with outreach activities and tours of the department
It is expected that you will be enrolled on the IMechE Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS), with the aim of achieving Chartered Engineer status. You will be given technical and non-technical training appropriate to your previous experience, the requirements of the work and of the MPDS.
You will be expected to work closely with other engineering disciplines and groups, both at RAL and national/international organisations. Some travel in the UK and abroad is likely. Presentation of technical data to a range of audience types will be required. The position requires the you to produce well-written documents such as test reports, specifications, and procedures.
You will be responsible for managing their own time, across a range of simultaneous projects. The role requires some limited financial management, with this anticipated to increase with time. You may be responsible for line management of junior team members.
Personal Skills and Attributes
We are looking for a Graduate with the following skills/attributes:
- Degree in a mechanical engineering discipline, minimum 2:1
- Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to multi-task
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Good PC literacy skills
- Able to work in a team
- Excellent attention to detail
- Able to problem solve and develop novel solutions.
Knowledge/Experience in the following areas would be an advantage:
- A knowledge/interest in space science and engineering would be useful, but not essential
- Scheduling software (e.g. MS Project)
- Leading a team
- Organisation of complex tasks.
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