- Systems Engineer
Are you a Systems Engineer with a background in the Aerospace sector, specifically working on Landing Gear Systems? KDC are working with a leading organisation in the Aerospace industry who are seeking a Systems Engineer to work across the WBT (Wheel, Brake & Tyre) perimeter. This will be an initial 6 month contract based in Bristol. The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background working on the entire Landing Gear System. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • To lead and undertake Engineering activities covering a broad variety of Landing Gear Systems & Equipment Engineering tasks, delivering integrated technical solutions both autonomously and by leading small multi-functional teams within the BCS, WSCS & WBT perimeter. • To lead activities across the Wheel, Brake & Tyre (WBT) perimeter with a strong technical understanding of the entire Landing Gear System. • To define the activities required for each task under your leadership, deriving planning and resource needs. • Reactive & development programme activities including resolution of Flight Test & Rig Test issues (Snags etc.), Certification & V&V. • Manage System/Equipment related modifications from initial definition to certification. • To ensure all Engineering activities under your leadership meet the necessary Safety, Time/Cost/Quality standards and are delivered in line with commitments. • To ensure all engineering activities are in line with ATA32 requirements and verified through the V&V plan. • Ensuring adherence to budget and schedule for each task; managing and mitigating risks/opportunities and communicating in a timely manner. • To ensure a strong links with all stakeholders, including Vendors, Procurement, Customer Services, FAL and Flight Test as required; communicating task progress and realistic commitments. Requirements: • Strong understanding and working experience on the entire Landing Gear System • A proven track record of delivering on time, cost and quality • Experience in stakeholder management and leading project teams • Excellent leadership and communication skills • Typically CVE signatory (or working towards achieving signatory) is expectedRead more
- Operational Procurement Buyer
How would you like the opportunity to work as an Operational Procurement Buyer for a reputable Global Aerospace Manufacturing Company? KDC are currently searching for exactly that, an Operational Procurement Buyer to work within the Supply chain for a large Aerospace Manufacturing company based in the UAE. This company is the main supplier of large composite Aero-structures to Airbus and Boeing and they are looking for Supply Chain professionals to come on-board and join their rapidly expanding business. This role will not only offer you the chance to work out in the UAE earning a tax free salary but the opportunity to expand your skill set and knowledge in the aviation industry. This company are currently operating out of a large state of the art composite manufacturing facility with over 400 staff. By the end of 2019 they will have a second Manufacturing plant roughly twice the size in which they will be populating with local and expat talent. This facility will contain current and future projects for Airbus and Boeing. As well as having the above experience, the ideal candidate will be a good communicator and be willing to work in an ambitious and multicultural environment. This company are at the forefront of composite manufacturing in Aerospace and are looking to stay there, they are looking for motivated and likeminded professionals to join their team. To give you an idea of the role please find some information of the areas you would be accountable for: ·Responsible for Material planning of different commodities like detail parts, standard hardware, shelf life controlled materials for Aero structural parts ·Responsible for sending forecast to suppliers and discussion with suppliers on lead times with forecast and maintenance in SAP ·Responsible for Lead time audit and negotiation with suppliers ·Defining procurement plan & strategy for each material to ensure material availability to meet production & delivery requirements whilst meeting inventory targets. ·Responsible for on-time PO creation to suppliers and order acknowledgement from suppliers ·Review order acknowledgement from supplier do the negotiation with supplier when the dates are not meeting the production requirement. ·Maintaining order acknowledgement in system. ·Open PO review with supplier and scheduling for delivery ·Robust Shelf life management process to avoid material scrap due to shelf life expiry ·Maintenance of system order book and correlation with supplier's order book. ·Identify opportunities for improvement and lead CI projects for improvements If this could be something of interest or you would like to find out more then please contact Fraser Dawson at KDC Resource through the methods shown.Read more
- Senior Mechanical Engineer
Are you a Mechanical Engineer with aerospace experience looking for an exciting new role within an emerging industry? KDC are working with a German aerospace partner to provide a permanent opportunity for a Mechanical Engineer that would manage the process of the systems breakdown through to concept like initial layout & sizing, development & calculation, production & testing, and analysis & optimisation. Your day to day: • Project lead & lead engineer for complex aircraft components • Identification and breakdown of higher-level requirements to system and sub-system requirement • First principles reasoning approach to generating, evaluating, and sense-checking concepts • Holistic and highly agile systems development including concept, design, calculation, manufacturing, testing, documentation, and certification • Resource & workload planning and coordination with the CAD, Calculation, and Production team, amongst other teams • Pragmatic, hands-on evaluation of concepts with tools like rapid prototyping, idealised calculations or representative tests • Research on new technologies, underlying physical effects, or case studies to support evaluations of concepts You will need: • 3+ years of professional experience (industry or academia) • In-depth experience in development of structures / components • A degree within a related field • Experience in development of structures / components • Experience in composite structures & manufacturing processes beneficial If you'd like to find out if this could represent the next step in your career, please click apply!Read more
- Senior Programme Scheduler
Are you a Senior Programme Scheduler looking for a progressive role in a global company? Do you have experience in complex programme & project management and supporting growth projects? Do you have strong experience of tailoring processes for Project Management team, and able to create and maintain standardised templates for schedules and project reporting? KDC are working on this position that could offer you a challenging 6 month contract on a major, complex and technically innovative projects. Responsibilities: •Creation, maintenance and timely delivery of the top level and lower level schedules, and Integrated Project Team (IPT) schedules where required covering the necessary requirements. •Provision of project administration support to the Project Manager and the project team. •The definition, agreement and ongoing integrity of a project library of data with the aid of the PM processes & tools, such as: oSchedule, milestone & cost data oAnalysing project costs versus project forward load in conjunction with Finance oResource tracking / management on behalf of the Project Manager oPayment Milestone tracking oRisk analysis tracking oChange Control (incl. waivers and deviations) oLines of Balance •Ensuring that all project related data is correct and maintained within required Business Tools •Provision of all resources necessary to ensure timely completion of all project office related activity •Supporting management consolidation, judgement, recommendations and the timely provision of all necessary management data inclusive of progress, risk analysis and reporting information to the Project Managers and flow up to Secure Comms KPIs Requirements: •Project Management practitioner •Use of the Primavera scheduling tool •Knowledge of software tools for scheduling, risk management including schedule risk analysis (Monte Carlo) •Knowledge / experience in the field of Satellite & Ground Communications •Business Process Engineering •Experienced in working within a PMO including scheduling, logic checking, Earned Value, Risk Management •Knowledge of planning best practice i.e. oLogic linking/dependencies oCritical Path Analysis oWork Breakdown Structure (WBS) oPlanning to stage boundaries contingency planning •Good knowledge of business processes, and their significance in the working environment. •Good knowledge/understanding of Project Management methodologies. •Configuration control processes •Introduction to SATCOM Course Candidates must have current SC clearance.Read more
- Maintenance Control Engineer
KDC Resource are working with a leading OEM within the Aerospace industry who are seeking an Maintenance Control Engineer to join their team in Brize Norton !! Key responsibilities include; ·Maintaining an oversight of all aspects of maintenance on the customers A400M fleet worldwide ·Acting as a focal point for the engineering organisation and liaising with the part 145 maintenance organisation, the part M organisation, the safety and compliance team and the customers to ensure the continued smooth operation of the customers fleet ·Management and recovery of AOG aircraft world wide ·Analysis of technical delays ·Management of deferred defects, ensuring that they actioned in a timely manner and applying for repair interval extensions when necessary ·Management of maintenance concessions ·Management of aircraft robberies ·Ensuring that aircraft are in the correct role configuration to fulfil the customers mission requirements ·Liaising with the logistic team to ensure that all required parts are available in the correct location when required ·Reporting aircraft availability and serviceability both internally and to the customer ·Monitoring the performance of the third party MRO. ·Liaising with planning and flight operations to ensure all required maintenance is carried out in a timely manner , and to optimise the use of available ground time to ensure that the customers tasking requirements are met ·Participating in department continuous improvement processes ·Management of technical queries and liaising with customer services to provide timely solutions to technical issues ·Other tasks as required by the Maintenance Control Manager Requirements ·10 years aircraft maintenance experience, preferably in a line environment ·B1 or B2 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Licence ·Previous Maintenance Control or Technical Support experience is desirable ·Self-motivated and ability to work alone and unsupervised ·Effective team player ·Confident and able to work in a high pressure environment ·Good analytical and problem solving skills ·Good communication verbal and written communication skills ·Be IT literate ·Ability to gain a UK security clearanceRead more
- Mechanical Design Engineer
Are you a Mechanical Design Engineer seeking your next contract opportunity? How would you like to work for a reputable aerospace company based down on the sunny south coast of England? KDC are currently working closely with an aerospace company that design and manufacture aircrafts for both the civil and military aviation industry. The successful person will have the opportunity to add value to the company in the following areas: ·Provide a mechanical design services and proof read drawings on modification systems and upgrades ·Prepare test and design reports ·Support other areas of the business when required ·Prepare and convert schemes into working drawings for aircraft modifications ·Build quality relationships with suppliers and be capable of resolving any issues in a professional manner Preferred Experience ·Working on older aircrafts or unpressurised aircrafts ·Use of Solidworks (or similar CAD package) ·Experience with technical documentation ·Capable of reading older engineering drawings Keywords: aerospace, mechanical, design, civil, military, aviation, modification, system upgrades, unpressurised, solidworks, CAD,Read more
- Airworthiness Engineer
Are you an Airworthiness Engineer seeking your next contract opportunity and challenge? KDC are currently supporting a global aerospace company in the search of a skilled Airworthiness Engineer with a background and understanding of landing gear. This role will give you the opportunity to not only work within the Wing/Landing Gear domain but also provide support to other areas of the business when needed. This opportunity will also allow you to further your skill set and knowledge in the following areas: ·Manage timely accomplishment of UK led Modifications. ·Reviews TRS for airworthiness input and classification ·Manages the integrity, philosophy and timely completion of certification projects proposed to both the EASA and the foreign Authorities in the framework of major and minor changes for all aircraft types. ·Empowered with decision making when interfacing with Authorities and as such, resolves conflicts and complex issues with the Airworthiness Authorities and take decisions and actions on behalf of the company. ·Provides Airworthiness Approvals and independent check of certification documents within agreed DOM nomination (for Type certification and modification) on behalf of EASA (CVE/DAE signatories). ·Management of the approval of modifications and release of Service Bulletins to meet aircraft delivery and customer requirements. ·Perform airworthiness activities in the modification process, specifically preparation/processing of approval of MAS and Airworthiness Signature, classification, act as Major Change Coordinator, preparation of Major Change Documentation and submission to Authorities, and interface with the Authorities technical experts ·Participate in the creation of new IT tools/processes for use within the Airworthiness//Certification environment, both internally and externally For more information please get in touch through the methods shown!Read more
- Mechanical Technician (Shift up-lift)
Are you a Mechanical Technician looking for a progressive role in a global company? KDC Resource are working with a leading OEM within the Aerospace industry who are seeking a Mechanical Technician to join their team in Stevenage! This is a position that could offer you a challenging role where you would be rewarded with growth and development, career progression and intricate projects to keep you continuously motivated. The role ·Installation of grounding points skin to skin and riv nuts. Large structure assembly. Fitting of cleats and brackets, general fitting and assembly of small riveted aluminum piece parts. Bonding tye-bases, plates. ·To work from electronic work instructions and drawings to produce satellite panels and assemblies. To record information within appendices and on electronic production system. ·To work in accordance with Local, Company and Project specific methods and procedures including relevant cleanroom and cleanliness requirements. Experience Essential ·Ability to work from drawings and electronic work instructions ·Knowledge of satellite structure assemblies or similar ·Fitting, bonding, general assembly ·Experience of working to methods and procedures used ·Working from detailed work instructions or similar ·Working to procedures with checkpoints ·Previous experience in other industries such as Aerospace mechanical fitter, close tolerance sheet metal worker, time served mechanical technician ·Modern apprenticeship ·Experience from F1/ Motorsport and Automotive will be considered however experience preferred within Aerospace ·Ability to work in confined spaces above floor level Desirable ·Orbital Welding would be a plus Shifts This role involves shift work.Read more
- Quality Operations Manager
KDC Resource are working with a leading OEM within the Aerospace industry who are seeking a Quality Operations Manager to deliver an end to end quality approach, from design to production. The Role ·Deploy and operate Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) for specific Landing Gear developments (e.g. Major Modifications); collaborating with various departments (for Vendor/Supplier interface); ·Deploy and operate Practical Problem Solving (PPS) for specific Landing Gear industrial and in-service issues (e.g. Major In-Service Problem); collaborating with various departments (for Vendor/Supplier interface) ·Ensure specific operational feedback loops across Landing Gear departments to contribute to Customer satisfaction e.g. reduction in Non-Conformances Responsibilities ·Contribute to promoting Quality mind-set across Landing Gear organization (e.g. voice of customer, cost of quality, prevention, right first time, continuous improvement); collaborating with various departments and Programme Quality. ·Contribute to quality planning activities, projects and overall deployment of QMS in EL; collaborating with various departments and Programme Quality. ·Lead deployment of FMEA and PPS for specific areas based on organizational or process triggers; collaborating with various departments and POEL (for Vendor/Supplier interface). ·Perform specific FMEA work (e.g. exploration, data analysis, workshop facilitation, documentation, tool / reporting) as part of MFT* or with relevant stakeholders; including assuring FMEA effectiveness and adherence (e.g. robust failure mode identification). ·*MFT usually includes Engineering (EL, EV), Procurement (POEL), Chief Engineer rep. (e.g. BKE) ·Perform specific PPS** work (e.g. investigation, data analysis, workshop facilitation, documentation, tool / reporting) as part of MFT* or with relevant stakeholders; including assuring PPS effectiveness and adherence (e.g. robust root cause identification). ·Perform monitoring and controlling work (e.g. root cause investigations, working to DCR/CAPA system, risk identification, solution development, transparent reporting and escalation) for specific Non-Compliances/Conformances based on organizational or process triggers; collaborating with various departments and Programme Quality. ·Actively contribute to engagement, digitalization and communications initiatives, such as providing content to EL and QEY Weekly Reports, Landing Gear & Quality communities blogging and content and Wiki developments. Skills and Experience Knowledge: Experienced practitioner in QMS and its application to product development, production and/or maintenance. A working level knowledgeable experience of engineering and/or industrialization topics (ideally familiarity with complex hardware/software systems, such as Landing Gears). Competence/Skill: ·FMEA and PPS: Minimum level 2 proficiency, but preferable level 3. ·Minimum level 2 proficiency in QMS, NC management, surveillance, project management, business processes, continuous improvement, make/implement decision & orientation, interact & influence and communications.Read more
- AIT Spacecraft Purge Engineer
KDC Resource are working with a leading OEM within the Aerospace industry who are seeking an AIT Spacecraft Purge Engineer to join their team in Stevenage!! The role This role is for an experienced Engineer to manage the gas purge process that protects the scientific equipment that will be part of the satellite payload. The post holder will work from the operating parameters set for each equipment package and devise/set up the purge kit - initially in a clean room on site - and then a revised set up for transport of the package to the launch site. The post holder will monitor the purge process in transit and at the launch site up until launch. This role is ideal for those with space sector experience but the key skills may also be found in the technical, scientific, medical or other sectors. Responsibilities ·Operating and managing the nitrogen purge process for scientific equipment ·Taking responsibility for managing the spacecraft purge supply through spacecraft test and launch site operation up to launch. ·Carrying out MCP bottle changes and set up of flow systems ·Carrying out system flow checks in line with design specifications ·Contact with nitrogen ·Contact with flow meters and Swagelock equipment ·Contact with flight hardware ·Working to MIL spec (defined military standards) ·Reporting to AIT Lead Engineer Skills/Experience Required •3+ years working with purge systems in a space/technical/scientific/medical environment •Swagelock systems experience is a clear advantage Education & Training •Engineering NVQ/A levels/Degree •Safe use of Gas Other •Shift work will be part of the role •Travel to Europe is required for long periods during launch phase of a project The successful candidate will be required to apply for and receive a DBS certificate prior to commencement of the contract.Read more
- Embedded Real-Time Software Engineer
Embedded Real-Time Software Engineer Are you a Software Engineer who has developed real-time embedded software applications? Are you looking for an opportunity to work in a company at the forefront of emerging and disruptive technology? Well KDC are currently working with a futuristic and rapidly growing Aerospace company based in Germany, who are developing the world's first all-electric vertical take-off and landing air taxi which is going to change travel as we know it. We are currently looking for an Embedded Real-Time Software Engineer who is able to relocate to Germany on a permanent basis. Within this role you will take charge of the development of the real-time embedded software for the Air taxi's on-board systems. As this company are truly working at the forefront of emerging and disruptive aerospace technology, we need people who are not scared to think outside the box and push the boundaries of engineering. As a minimum, you will need to have a Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics (or similar) and at least 3 years of experience in the development of real-time embedded software. It would also be an advantage to have experience with digital communication bus standards and experience in distributed systems development. To give you an idea of your everyday responsibilities please see some examples below: • Development of the real-time embedded software for on-board systems • Development of safety-critical functions • Close cooperation with the hardware engineers • Test automation As well as working in this exciting and innovative business; this opportunity is also offering a competitive expatriate salary with an inclusive benefits package. Are you ready to change the future of aviation? If so, get in touch with Nathan Sweeney at KDC Resource through the methods shown!Read more
- Senior Avionics Software Engineer
Senior Avionics Software Engineer Are you a Software Engineer who has developed airborne software applications? Are you looking for an opportunity to work in a company at the forefront of emerging and disruptive technology? Well KDC are currently working with a futuristic and rapidly growing Aerospace company based in Germany, who are developing the world's first all-electric vertical take-off and landing air taxi which is going to change travel as we know it. We are currently looking for a Senior Avionics Software Engineer who is able to relocate to Germany on a permanent basis. Embedded inside a multi-disciplinary team, you will take charge in developing the state-of-the-art flight control software, and contribute to the team your experience in engineering airborne software systems. As this company are truly working at the forefront of emerging and disruptive aerospace technology, we need people who are not scared to think outside the box and push the boundaries of engineering. As a minimum, you will need to have a Masters degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering (or similar) and at least 3-5 years of experience in the development of avionics software or other airborne software. You will also need to have excellent skills in software development in C as well as experience working to DO-178. To give you an idea of your everyday responsibilities please see some examples below: • Development of the software for the avionics and flight control systems • Close cooperation with the avionics hardware engineers and with external development partners • Development according to DO-178C • Performing software test and verification As well as working in this exciting and innovative business; this opportunity is also offering a competitive expatriate salary with an inclusive benefits package. Are you ready to change the future of aviation? If so, get in touch with Nathan Sweeney at KDC Resource through the methods shown!Read more
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Google’s Moonshot Factory Graduates Two Aerospace Projects
Project Loon and Project Wing have graduated from Google X, the internet giant’s “moonshot” division which incubates radical new technologies. The two fledgling companies are now part of parent company Alphabet’s “Other Bets” arm and will now both have the freedom as well as the responsibility to commercialise their technology. Wing is focused on developing autonomous aerial delivery drones and an associated airspace management platform that will allow large-scale drone deployment at under 500ft. The company’s drone design has evolved to a fixed-wing setup with a wing span of less than 1.5m. Coupled with a dozen electric-powered rotors and the algorithms for which Google is famous, the design should allow each drone to fly quietly under 500ft and deliver packages safely onto a doorstep. As for the current state of the technology, the company claims to have flown tens of thousands of test flights in its short life. Most notably, test deliveries have been done in rural Queensland as well as on campus at Virginia Tech. Taking a different aerospace angle, Loon is developing large polyethylene balloons that will bring the internet to poorly connected areas as well as serve as temporary networks in disaster zones. It is basically an ultra-mobile, aerial cell tower powered by solar and battery power. The idea makes sense as a cell-tower’s coverage is limited by the height of its antennas. By raising the height of the antennas to the stratosphere, Loon can blanket a much larger area on the ground with coverage. Each balloon can be repositioned by changing the airflow into a smaller, inner balloon and by floating on to a suitable wind layer identified from weather data. Once its mission is complete, a parachute can be deployed to bring the balloon safely back to the ground.
Boeing And Embraer Form JV Worth $4.75bn
Boeing has finally responded to the Airbus-Bombardier CSeries partnership by taking a controlling position in Embraer’s commercial aircraft unit in a deal worth £4.75bn. Structured as a joint venture, Boeing will own 80% of the venture with Embraer holding the remaining 20%. The appeal of the Brazilian company to Boeing has been clear to industry watchers for some time due to its strong presence in the 100-150 seat arena. After industry dynamics shifted due to Bombardier’s tie-up with Airbus, the natural reaction was for the other two major players to get together in order to fight the strengthened CSeries programme. A CSeries programme combining strong, fuel-efficient technology with sales and marketing might was a real problem for Boeing and Embraer. However, supply chain consolidation also played a role in the tie-up, which left Embraer with less bargaining power over suppliers as a smaller entity. This might explain the lower-than-expected price extracted by Paulo Cesar Silva, CEO of Embraer, although most of the Brazilian champion’s debt will be loaded onto the JV and free up cash for the rest of the company. This cash will likely be spent on tax payments as well as share buybacks, debt reduction, a special dividend and investment in new projects. One word of caution - this isn’t yet a done deal. In addition to the usual government processes involved when two national champions strike a deal like this, a shareholder complaint has already been filed. The suit claims that this is an acquisition by stealth as Embraer’s statue forbids any single owner holding more than 35% of the company. “By forging this strategic partnership, we will be ideally positioned to generate significant value for both companies’ customers, employees and shareholders – and for Brazil and the United States,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This important partnership clearly aligns with Boeing’s long-term strategy of investing in organic growth and returning value to shareholders, complemented by strategic arrangements that enhance and accelerate our growth plans,” Muilenburg said. “The agreement with Boeing will create the most important strategic partnership in the aerospace industry, strengthening both companies’ leadership in the global market,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer Chief Executive Officer and President. “The business combination with Boeing is expected to create a virtuous cycle for the Brazilian aerospace industry, increasing its sales potential, production, creating jobs and income, investments and exports, and in doing so, adding more value to customers, shareholders and employees.”
Is There Room For Another Domestic US Airline?
US commercial aviation is booming, with operating margins in double-digit territory since 2014. But is there room for another airline to come in and take a slice of the pie for itself? One entrepreneur certainly thinks so. And that entrepreneur isn’t just anyone. The chap in question is David Neeleman, Founder of low-cost airlines JetBlue and Azul. He has the stellar pedigree, the proven ability to execute and the personal wealth that must surely make raising his targeted $100m an easy prospect. It seems that the opportunity he is chasing is a familiar play with a clever twist. Moxy, the name for the venture, will concentrate on offering point-to-point services between second-tier airports. Coupled with fuel-efficient CS300 planes, this combination should reduce fuel consumption and allow rapid plane turnaround for greater efficiency and a superior customer proposition. Airbus has already been tapped for up to 60 fuel-efficient CS300 planes, marking another success for the aerospace giant following its acquisition of a majority of Bombardier’s C-Series programme. With a targeted 2020 launch, we’re not too far away from finding out if Neeleman has still got his magic touch.
BAE Systems Scores £20bn Australian Deal
BAE Systems has been awarded a £20bn contract to equip the Australian Navy with a new fleet of Type 26 Global Combat frigates as part of the SEA 5000 programme. The Global Combat Ship - Australia is based on Type 26 Frigates from BAE Systems which specialise in anti-submarine combat. Although this is big news for a UK company, the UK workforce is unlikely to directly benefit as the ships will be built in South Australia, by Australian workers and using Australian suppliers. Still, this is a big vote of confidence in a UK champion. BAE Systems Chief Executive, Charles Woodburn, said: “BAE Systems’ selection as preferred tenderer for SEA 5000 reinforces our position as a leading designer and builder of complex maritime platforms. I am proud that our world class anti-submarine warfare design and our approach to transferring technology and skills to the nations in which we work is expected to contribute to the development of an enduring world-class naval shipbuilding industry in Australia.” Theresa May, Prime Minister, said: “The sheer scale and nature of this contract puts the UK at the very forefront of maritime design and engineering, and demonstrates what can be achieved by UK industry and government working hand-in-hand. “We have always been clear that as we leave the EU we have an opportunity to build on our close relationships with allies like Australia. This deal is a perfect illustration that the government is doing exactly that."