AIT Lead Engineer

Hertfordshire  ‐ Onsite
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AIT Lead Engineer

Advantage are recruiting on behalf of a prestigious Aerospace (Satellite) client in Stevenage for an AIT Lead Engineer. The purpose of the role is to promote and drive AIT standards ensuring engineering concepts are delivered to the shop floor in a controlled manner.

You'll be brought on to ensure quality and process robustness through promotion of best practise within team and between disciplines and lead the AIT mechanical team to the success of the mission.

Location: Stevenage: once settled in after a familiarisation period there will be some hybrid working during the preparation phase. During the operation build phase you will be required onsite 5 days a week.

Hours: 37 hours per week.


  • Responsible for the Mechanical Satellite element and lead the mechanical team on an ENS project through Phases 'A', 'B', 'C/D' and 'E'
  • Leading a team of AIT engineers on the specific project
  • Planning the mechanical team's activities on a weekly basis (including operations team) and implementing this plan.
  • Supporting the use of 3Dx Delmia on the specific project
  • Produce specs from test requirements, write test plans, DDV, plans, AIT plans, test procedures and test reports.
  • Control of all project MGSE, flight & support equipment
  • Produce MGSE requirement specs from test requirements, operating and maintaining MGSE.
  • Alignment - producing test procedures and operating and maintaining optical alignment equipment.
  • Designing test equipment, overseeing its manufacture, and commissioning
  • Mechanical handling or spacecraft, instruments, payloads, solar arrays, antennas etc
  • Prepare and carry out environmental tests (Vibration, Acoustic, Mass properties, Thermal) at unit, subsystem, instrument, and spacecraft level.
  • Install and validate test instrumentation.
  • Support propulsion testing
  • Handling and installation of thermal hardware
  • Mechanical integration and testing of electronic units, subsystems and instruments, mechanisms, antennas, solar arrays, mechanical sub-systems, instruments, payloads and spacecraft and control the documentation associated with performing these tasks.
  • Pyrotechnic handling, installation, and safety
  • Plan and control workload of the AIT team consisting of engineers and technicians.
  • Be able to travel overseas to work for short periods (typically 2-3months, could be 6-7 months on occasions)
  • Be able to integrate quickly and easily into an AIT team.
  • Highly motivated and possess good problem-solving skills.

Essential Candidate experience/skills requirements

  • Relevant engineering experience.
  • Appreciation of satellite integration processes and project phases
  • Use of SAP or other ERP System
  • Understanding of build documentation and the need for it
  • Driving build quality through review of processes and implementation of improvements
  • Managing a team during day-to-day activities ensuring work is completed on time and the correct standard
  • Controlling and delivery of projects to budget and schedule
  • Face-to-face dealings with customers and suppliers
  • Worked in volatile, high pressure environments to resolve technical and personnel conflicts
  • Spacecraft Mechanical testing on prime projects is essential
  • Leading other team members
  • Production of MGSE specs and operation of MGSE and flight HW
  • Production of high quality documentation (test specs, test plans, test procedures, AIT Plans, DDV plans)


  • Producing test procedures and operating and maintaining optical alignment equipment
  • Launch campaign experience

Submit your CV now to be considered for this great opportunity with a leading satellite aerospace business.

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12 months
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