AIT Lead Mechanical Satellite Engineer

Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Maintenance and Engineering




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On behalf of our client, we are seeking to recruit a AIT Lead Mechanical Satellite Engineer to join them on 12-month contract. The Lead Mechanical Satellite Engineer will be responsible for ensuring the quality and process robustness through promotion of the best practise within team and between disciplines. You will also lead the AIT mechanical team to the success of the mission and promote and drive AIT standards ensuring engineering concepts are delivered to the shop floor in a controlled manner.

Role: AIT Lead Mechanical Satellite Engineer
Pay: Up to £45.00 per hour via Umbrella, £34.02 per hour PAYE
Location: Stevenage
Contract: Monday- Friday, 37 hours per week, hybrid working available at business discretion.
IR35 Status: Inside
Security Clearance: SC clearable


  • 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 integrate quickly and easily into an AIT team
  • Highly motivated and possess good problem solving skills

Experience & Skills:


  • 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


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

If you are interested in applying for this position and you meet the requirements, please send your updated CV to: Siobhan Miller at Line Up Aviation

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