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Electrical and Electronic Engineer (Early Careers Opportunity)

Aircraft Research Association (ARA), the UK’s leading independent transonic wind tunnel is looking to recruit an early career Electrical and Electronic Engineer to join its multi-disciplined Systems Engineering Team.  The Systems Engineering Team has a wide range of disciplines including: electrical, electronic, software, mechanical, and control engineers who deliver and maintain capabilities required to operate wind tunnel models and rigs, and the plant required to operate ARA’s facilities.

Working for ARA, you will play an integral part in the development of world leading capabilities that emerge from the challenges posed by our customers at the cutting edge of aerodynamic research.  ARA boasts a wide international customer base of aircraft manufacturers who require new and novel solutions to achieve highly accurate results from wind tunnel trials conducted at ARA.

We are committed to invest in the development of the candidate and ensure they become a fully rounded Electrical and Electronic Engineer during the early years of their career.  The ideal candidate will have a degree in Electrical  Engineering, or a  similar degree such as Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In addition, we are looking for someone who has had some industrial experience either as part of or subsequent to their degree.

Do not be put off by the list of requirements, even if you don’t match all of these, each application will be assessed on their own merit. We are eager to find people who have a passion for teamwork, with a positive attitude, integrity and a willingness to learn and share knowledge with colleagues.

In summary if you are passionate about engineering as we are, and you think you meet some of these skills, we would love to hear from you.

The role (Grade 4B):

The role will provide opportunities to gain experience of working alongside other highly skilled engineering teams who design and manufacture wind tunnel models, conduct the wind tunnel tests, and maintain other aspects of the facilities and capabilities.  As part of the team you will enjoy a highly varied role involving work on various capabilities integrating many aspects of electrical and electronic engineering such as:

Instrumentation, data acquisition, and signal conditioning.

Control panel design.

Safety circuit design.

Monitoring systems.

Rotating machines and associated drives ranging from a few kilowatts to 17,000kW.

Electrical actuators for the control of hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Low voltage and HV systems.

Some of the machinery and equipment you will have a chance to work in are:

  • Rotating plant, including motors, journal bearings, fans, and turbine compressors.
  • Hydraulic systems, including hydraulic power units, circuits, and actuators.
  • Pneumatic system, including air compressors (ranging from 7 bar screw and gear compressors to 250 bar reciprocating compressors), circuits and actuators.
  • Cooling systems, including water pumps, heat exchangers, evaporative cooling towers and chillers.
  • Air drying systems.
  • Lubrication systems.
  • Model movement systems.
  • Water treatment plant.

What are we looking for?

  • To produce and maintain control panels that interface to sensors and actuators for controlling and monitoring plant, rigs or equipment.
  • Methodical troubleshooting and debugging skills, with a passion for problem solving and investigation.
  • Strong analytical skills to assist with data analysis and problem identification.
  • Produce wiring diagrams for control panels and associated rigs and plant.
  • Contribute to and, in time, take ownership of the project lifecycle:
    • Eliciting requirements.
    • Conducting feasibility studies and developing concepts.
    • Producing designs and participating in design reviews.
    • Producing test plans and user manuals.
    • Overseeing the manufacture and installation.
    • Commissioning.
    • Providing user training, defining maintenance, and operational support.
    • Maintaining and upgrading new and existing capabilities.
  • Familiar with programmable controllers, such as National Instrument’s (NI) CRIO and PXI hardware platforms, or similar.
  • Experience of using serial, Ethernet, or industrial communication protocols
  • Ability to read and interpret mechanical drawings, and piping and instrumentation diagrams.
  • Familiarity with the configuration of Windows PCs and hardware.
  • Producing designs that comply with relevant legislation and standards, such as:
    • The Machinery Directive
    • IEC 60204 – Safety of machinery - Electrical equipment of machines.
    • ISO 13849 – Safety related parts of control systems.
    • BS 7671 – The IET wiring regulations.

 Our Benefits:

This is an exciting permanent opportunity for the right person to be part of a successful and highly skilled engineering company, working 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday.  In return, we offer a range of benefits including: a competitive salary and pension scheme; flexible working options (normal hours are 0800hrs to 1621hrs); free parking; a relocation package where appropriate; employee assistance programme; private health insurance and 26 days’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays (increasing with length of service after 5 years’ service)

The successful candidate must satisfy security clearance requirements – including the last 5 years continual UK residency.

Aircraft Research Association Ltd is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We recognise the value in an inclusive and diverse workforce and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.