Controls & Instrumentation Engineer

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Start date:
19th October - ASAP
2 months
Experis IT
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Controls & Instrumentation Engineer

2 months Initially


Job description/Person specification:

QinetiQ have a requirement for an Instrumentation Engineer to work within the Controls, Systems and Instrumentation Group at QinetiQ. The role would be primarily based at QinetiQ Haslar, Gosport, but it is desirable for joined support to the Five Metre Wind Tunnel at QinetiQ Farnborough. There also may be opportunities for work across other QinetiQ sites during certain projects.

You will be part of a small team responsible for the delivery of work packages for the Hydrodynamic, Maritime Life Support and Commercial groups within QinetiQ. This will involve instrumenting large scale model boats and submarines.

Main Duties:

  • Provide Instrumentation support to the Haslar facilities, reporting to the Controls Systems South Team Leader
  • Leading/assisting in instrumentation tasks and activities
  • Assembling and maintaining instrumentation setups for use in scale model trials (eg scale models of surface ships), which includes calibrations and maintenance of a variety of different transducers, installation of DC electrical systems, setup of AC Power Drive Systems, setup of both software for specific transducers and software for use in trials themselves (eg acquisition and control software).
  • Setup and maintenance of certain facility related control and instrumentation hardware.
  • Calibration of data acquisition and sensors
  • Maintenance of electrical + electronic equipment, and Portable Appliance Testing
  • Liaising with other parts of the delivery team to ensure the timely delivery of instrumentation support for trials
  • Assist in providing and delivering the strategy for developing and maintaining the instrumentation and software used within the model instrumentation capability (includes research and development)

Requirements of the role:

  • Educated to minimum of ONC level in Electrical/Electronic engineering or equivalent, preferably an HNC.
  • Knowledge of basic instrumentation and control setups, including transducers, actuators, control methods.
  • Experience of DC circuits such as those used in small vehicles, in particular boats and other electric vehicles.
  • Familiarity with instrumentation hardware, electronics and electrical in general is expected but training will be provided where required.
  • A strong and demonstrated ability to work 'hands-on' from first principles to safely diagnose electrical and electronic issues (to board level only) and implement prompt, effective and safe repair schemes.
  • Ability to interpret Electronic and Electrical drawings.
  • Knowledge of maintenance principles.
  • Be literate with the operation of computers and common software packages, in particular basic operating knowledge of Microsoft office Word and Excel (training could be provided).
  • Eligible for full security clearance.

Advantageous, but not required (as training can be provided):

  • Knowledge and experience in the calibration of transducers.
  • Knowledge and experience of AC and DC power drive systems.
  • Knowledge and experience of distributed control systems.
  • Knowledge and experience of closed loop control systems.
  • Experience in using the National Instruments LABVIEW development environment.
  • Ability to use Electronic/Electrical drawing packages such as ORCAD, Autocad electrical/Solidworks electrical, schematic capture tools (Visio).
  • Knowledge and experience of planned maintenance systems.

Behavioural Requirements

  • Task oriented, minded to lead and drive tasks and activities to completion.
  • Acts with pace; able to carry out multiple tasks whilst under time pressure.
  • Methodical, with attention to detail.
  • Honesty, able to admit when a mistake has been made, embracing mistakes as a chance to positively learn.
  • Enthusiastic with high energy levels.
  • Lateral thinker.
  • Task and Team focussed, with a collaborative approach.
  • High integrity.
  • Risk aware.
  • Able to follow processes and procedures.
  • Present a good impression of a QinetiQ professional.
  • Willingness to undertake additional training and education programmes.


  • Rapid learning of current and future instrumentation technologies used, and contribution towards development of capability.
  • Anticipate and resolve possible problems.
  • Provide adaptability to solutions within a short timescale to meet customer requirements.

This role provides an exciting opportunity to work in a challenging area. Very few positions such as this exist where you can be exposed to such a wide range of technologies in a relatively brief time. QinetiQ as a company provides many benefits, including very good training programmes with coaching and mentoring support. We are looking for somebody who would appreciate working in such an environment, is keen on new technology and can help support and grow our business.

Position Requirements:

QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world's most challenging problems. Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving. Why don't you join some of the world's finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?