- Quality Lineside Engineer
Are you an experienced Quality Engineer? Are you looking for a new contract opportunity? Our global client based in the Broughton area is looking for a Quality Lineside Engineer to join their team on a contract basis. The purpose of this role will be to support the evaluation, co-ordination and monitoring of achieved levels of conformity in the product, process and services provided by the Manufacturing Business. To provide specialist Quality support and advice on drawings, parts, processes and support services, and to independently assure that Quality requirements have been met. To ensure that staff are developed to attain necessary knowledge /skills, performance and experience and that the tools, systems and procedures with which they work are developed to support efficient business processes. Activities of the role will include: • Assures that the Quality systems is being adhered to within the business by the business through surveillance activities. • Assures that certification processes are consistently defined and applied within the business. • Co-ordination and leadership of reported quality/technical issues from the business teams and customers, ensuring that appropriate corrective and preventative action is taken by the accountable function through use of multifunctional team activities and that the originator of the issue is informed. • To perform process and conformation surveillance activities on all the product and process related activities conducted by those individuals who have been granted certification privileges. • Provide support to the Quality Group Leader/Product Quality Manager for the day-to-day management of Quality Lineside Engineers. Ideal candidates should hold the following experience: • A strong background in quality • Lineside experience is ideal • SAP awareness and experience • Lean manufacturing tools and techniques Please note, this is a night shift contract, working hours Monday - Thursday 8.45pm - 6am Monday to Thursday.Read more
- Ground Systems Engineer
Are you a Ground Systems Engineer looking for a progressive role in a satellite application company? You would be working with a growing them developing navigation and other satellite systems. KDC are working on a position that could offer you a challenging role based in Luton where you would also be involved in bidding for new work. Responsibilities: Duties and main tasks may include but are not limited to: • Ground Systems Engineering work including studies, modelling, implementation, trials and report writing • Role will address both upstream (satellite) and downstream (application) activities. • Development of high performance GNSS applications for transport and other applications • Upstream satellite activities will include design and development of GNSS systems and ground segment elements and contributions to operations • Contribute to engineering team activities • Contribute to bids Qualifications / Experience • BSc degree in engineering, science, maths or equivalent experience • UK National • Experienced ground systems engineer including • Satellite systems &/or operations experience • GNSS and wider PNT systems experience (desirable) • Bid writing experience, preferably including multi-company bids either as Prime or Subcontractor • Familiar with UK Space Agency / MoD / ESA processes, bids and contracts (desirable) • Familiar with Rail domain including signalling (desirable) • Awareness of UK GNSS, Galileo, security issues (desirable) • Programming / modelling, particularly GNSS, satellite simulation, operations tools (desirable) Essential Skills • Excellent (clear, concise and structured) written and verbal communication in English (engineering & operations topics) • Organised & structured way of working • Excellent IT skills including Microsoft office Qualities • Able to work with limited supervision and take the initiative to deliver high quality work on budget and on time • Ability to prioritise own workload and work to deadlines • Professional, logical and thorough • Ability to work effectively as part of a team • Flexible and willing to work on a range of activities to meet evolving business needs If this job sounds of interest, please send through your CV's and call Eugene on 01202 596366.Read more
- Supply Chain and Quality Manager
Are you an experienced Supply Chain Manager looking for a new challenge? Do you have experience in Quality? If so, we may have the right opportunity for you! Our global aerospace client based in the Bristol area is looking for a Supply Chain and Quality Manager to join their team on a contract basis. The main activities will include: ·Contribution to engage suppliers ·Secure supplier approval and run supplier control reviews ·Manage couple compliance and maturity ·Secure supplier deliveries ·Manage manufacturing non conformance ·Ensuring performance KPI's are met ·Robust long term improvement plans are set up ·Defining root causes of quality issues ·Any deviation to the defined industrial target as per surveillance plan is reported to stakeholder via the relevant means The successful candidate should hold the following experience: ·A strong background in supply chain ·Proven experience in quality ·Project management skills would be highly advantageous ·Lean manufacturing would be highly advantageous If you would like more information please call 01202596370Read more
- Cyber Technology Specialist
KDC are currently seeking a Cyber Technology Specialist to join a rapidly growing team based in London. Their cutting-edge Cyber Security software harnesses complex AI Algorithms to learn and understand new Cyber Security threats before they can be effective. This global company is currently working with some of the largest organisations around the world to protect their networks and systems against modern day Cyber threats. So, due to the nature of this role, you will have the opportunity to travel worldwide and deal with a large range of customers exposing you to a wide variety of Cyber Security projects. The successful candidate will act as the technical point of contact where they will be responsible for the design and build of custom client integrations, as well as defining solution architectures. They will also have to opportunity to further your skill set and perform in the following areas; • Act as a technical point of contact between clients, partners, and each business unit within the company. • Be accountable for the delivery of Proof of Value engagement from end to end. • Present Threat Intelligence Reports and advise accordingly to variety of audiences from technical audience to C-level executives. • Be the trusted adviser and technical authority to the customer for architecture and integration decisions. • Provide feedback and technical reporting on accounts to management. • Design and build custom client integrations and define solution architectures. • Act as a technical touch point between clients and partners. Preferred experience: • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in the following: scientific/ software/ technical/ engineering • Experience with customer-facing activities (pre-/post-sales), as well as security and network consulting, • 1-3 years of industry experience would be an advantage • Experience communicating with both technical and senior management • Practical experience with network and security devices/systems, e.g. Cisco, Juniper, Firewalls, IDS, IPS, SIEM. Knowledge of the TCP/IP, and common networking protocols, is desirable • Understanding of common cyber security vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques is desirable If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity and if it could represent the next step in your career, please get in touch through the methods shown!Read more
- Cost Engineer - Composites
Are you a Cost Engineer with expertise composites? Are you looking for an exciting new overseas challenge? KDC is working with a futuristic German Aerospace partner working on an exciting new project at the forefront of modern technology. You will be responsible for developing cost models for composite components for a company looking to develop an innovative eVTOL aircraft for the skies of tomorrow. You'll be driving design to cost initiatives, benchmarking, defining cost targets and working with a range of departments to set companywide standards for cost engineering. You'll need: • An engineering degree • Several years of industry experience • Expertise in costing composite materials If you'd like to find out some more information or see if this could be the next step in your career, please click apply.Read more
- Space Communication
Are you an Electronics Design Engineer within Space Communications and looking for a new role? Are you a passionate Engineer that has some technical leadership experience within the space environment, responsible for conducting trade off analysis to inform payload design and optimisation. Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to: • Responsible for the design, development of a high data rate free optical communication detector and data management system for an airborne payload. • Design, assembly of electrical and data subsystems for a nanosatellite laser communication terminal. • Verify designs through simulation and laboratory to ensure they meet requirements, working with AIT lead. • Design and manufacturing of test equipment, working closely with AIT lead. Analysis of test data and testing equipment, subsystems as required. • Planning, completing and documenting validation and qualification testing of new designs. • Managing external subcontractors where appropriate Required skills/experience: • Experience developing high speed electronics architecture for communication applications, ideally in a space environment. • Practical experience with digital signal processing methods, hardware, design. • Experience designing, testing PCBs. Electronic circuits design, review and component procurement, ideally for a space environment. • FPGA design, programming and integration experience for aerospace application. • Experience developing electrical subsystems for space environment • Proficient English, positive attitude, self-driven and interested in working in a start-up environment. • Independent, quick learner, can structure and show initiatives to thoroughly evaluate and solve problems from different angles, proactively push progress forward Desirable additional skills/experience: • Soldering to Space industry standards (Certification would be a plus). • Experience designing, implementing free space optical communication systems and relevant electronics, particularly intensity modulation methods (OOK, PPM, PAM), detection, noise reduction, signal processing, interleaving, forwards error correction. • Systems engineering experience, exposure. What they can offer in return: • They work around delivery-focused, agile sprints, with a sustainable work-life balance. • You will be making impact early and regularly - build your skills, while drive the technology forward and change the world. • Bonus and equity for excellent impact • Options for flexible working hours, (some) working from home • Travel and training bursaries, as needed • Gym discounts, cinema half price forever, free phone insurance, shopping and supermarket discounts plus many many more! • The buzzing Harwell Space Campus (the UK future answer to Silicon Valley) with regular events on site (networking, workshops) Please get in contact!Read more
- Space Control Engineer
Are you an Space Control Engineer and looking for a new role? Are you a passionate Engineer that would like to be responsible for design, simulation, purchase and implementation of high reliability pointing acquisition and tracking system for a laser communication system. Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to: • Development of full control system architecture simulation to investigate trade-offs and inform subsystem requirements. • Characterise motion and disturbances of payload platform. This will include planning, execution, documentation of tests. • Aiding in definition, implementation and conduction of test and verification plans for pointing of communication subsystem as well as control of airborne platform. • Comparison and selection of components, sensors and actuators including supplier management as required. • Participate in technical reviews Required skills/experience: • Experience implementing complex control systems in an aerospace or communications context. • Relevant practical experience using applicable sensors and hardware (e.g. attitude sensors, Inertial sensors and GNSS), algorithms, actuation systems. • Space industry experience, and/or experience with high reliability PAT systems. • Extensive programming experience in MATLAB/SIMULINK, C/C++. Python desirable. • Strong mathematical ability including pure mathematics, linear algebra, statistics and numerical methods. • Educated to BSc level (or equivalent) in Control Engineering or related subject. • Proficient English, positive attitude, self-driven and interested in working in a start-up environment • Independent, quick learner, can structure and show initiatives to thoroughly evaluate and solve problems from different angles, proactively push progress forward Desirable additional skills/experience: • Experience implementing RTOS. • Experience using Windows and Linux. • Experience working on Cubesat projects, UAV, HAPS projects. What they can offer in return: • They work around delivery-focused, agile sprints, with a sustainable work-life balance. • You will be making impact early and regularly - build your skills, while drive the technology forward and change the world. • Bonus and equity for excellent impact • Options for flexible working hours, (some) working from home • Travel and training bursaries, as needed • Gym discounts, cinema half price forever, free phone insurance, shopping and supermarket discounts plus many many more! • The buzzing Harwell Space Campus (the UK future answer to Silicon Valley) with regular events on site (networking, workshops) Please get in contact!Read more
- RF / Microwave Design Engineer
RF / Microwave Design Engineer KDC Resource are working with a leading organisation in the Space and Defence Industry who are seeking an RF / Microwave Design Engineer to join their site in Portsmouth! Job Description An RF - Microwave design Engineer with experience of front-end transmission / reception circuits and products is needed to join an established RF equipment design group to develop SSPAs, LNAs, Frequency Converters, Receivers and Beacon equipment for satellite communication payloads from UHF through to Ka band. Familiarity with design and manufacture for high reliability harsh environments is highly desirable. The ability to employ your skills in a flexible and adaptable manner will open this position to a trained individual. Working as part of a multi-disciplined team, you will be involved at every phase of the product lifecycle. Key Responsibility Areas ·Design and manufacturing support for a wide range of equipment; including new Power Amplifier and frequency converter products covering electrical RF/DC performance analysis, assessment of mechanical realisation and oversight of production test ·Undertake detailed design of amplifier matching circuits, filters, mixer circuits and entire circuit line-up using Keysight ADS ·Perform development testing of own designs and support to the lead engineer ·Generate equipment analysis documentation for internal and external Design reviews ·Support product production including results reviews and problem solving from sub-circuit through to equipment level ·Technically Liaise with Customer and Partner companies Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Essential Skills: ·The candidate will be educated to degree level with a good pass (upper second as a minimum) in an engineering related subject ·Experience in RF-Microwave circuit design and development of sub-system architectures for high frequency analogue equipment, ideally (but not essential) in satellite communications. ·Recent experience with Keysight ADS (preferably version 2011 and later) ·The candidate must possess excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to interact with subject matter experts regarding a wide range of technical and operational topics ·Substantial analytical and technical problem-solving skills particularly within a manufacturing environment. ·Ability to liaise with internal projects and component suppliers. ·Self-motivated team player capable of working with minimum direction ·Experience using RF and microwave test equipment Desirable Skills: ·Experience in design for high reliability and harsh environments ·Familiar with new product introduction, Dfm, DfT Personal Attributes: ·Excellent communication skills ·Team player ·Drive and Commitment, maintaining high standards ·Ability to produce clear concise technical design documentation Intrinsic Job Factors: ·Occasional travel within the UK, Europe & North America/Canada ·Tight Deadlines (regular or ad-hoc)Read more
- AI Robotics Engineer
Are you interested in working in a Technology Company who are developing some of the most advanced AI robotics and autonomous systems with application to multiple industries? KDC are currently working with a company that are offering the chance to work on some of the most advanced technology and software whilst working alongside some of the most skilled engineers within the industry. This company are looking for the best engineers from around the world and are offering a salary and package to reflect this. Whilst being based in the London area, you will be the critical link between the software team in St. Petersburg and the UK. You will be involved in rapid prototyping of advanced robotics from concept through to delivery and will be given creative freedom to achieve the company vision. This Technology Company are also offering you the opportunity to have a thumbprint on the future of transport by transforming the way in which vehicles are designed, manufactured and experienced through the development of AI robotic technology. If you are interested in finding out more then please get in contact through the methods shown!Read more
- Project Manager
Are you an experienced Project Manager with a background in aerospace and manufacturing? Are you looking for a long term contract? If so, we may have the right opportunity for you. Our global client is looking for a Project Manager to join their team to be based on site in Northern Ireland. Main accountabilities and activities will include: • Anticipating issues and risks of the project • Proposing solutions for efficient project management • Promoting the company culture across the organization and leading by example • Identifying any deviations from project baseline and proposing preventative and corrective actions • Contributing to the operation performance on time, cost and quality through PM processes and tools • Ensure the daily application of processes and procedures • Monitoring for the Head of PMO or PM Discipline Leader The successful candidate should have the following experience: • Strong aerospace background • Minimum of 2 years of engagement of projects • Minimum of 2 years of technical experience gained through involvement in technical matters Please note, candidates must have the right to work in the EU. For more information call 01202596370 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more
- Senior Systems Engineer
Are you a Systems Engineer with experience of working within the Space Sector? KDC are currently working with a Global Space Company based in the Luton area who are currently seeking a skilled Systems Engineer to join their team. This company specialise in satellite communications, earth observation data and navigation applicants. This position will give you the opportunity to take full ownership in the design of complex ground segment systems and provide technical management through multiple projects. You will have the opportunity to develop your skill set further in the following areas: • Understanding complex ground segment systems • Designing ground segment systems • Writing technical specifications for engineers • Writing technical proposals • Test planning for ground segment systems • Technical management of projects You will have previous experience in the following areas: • Systems engineering • Technical authoring • Knowledge of space craft systems • Knowledge of ground segment systems • Good knowledge of payload data processing Keywords: systems, systems engineer, design, ground segment, space craft, satellite, space, navigation systemsRead more
- Avionic Systems Engineer
KDC are currently looking for experienced Avionics Systems & Development Engineers to be based onsite with a client in the Bristol area. You will be contributing to the successful development and entry into service of a new aircraft and assuring that type certification is compliant to all applicable avionics environmental requirements. You will be involved in planning the qualification activities relating to new avionics and new development. Functions • Analyse Qualification Test Documentation and provide expertise to the Avionics Systems Designer relating to RTCA/DO-160 Environmental Qualification. Evaluating the Supplier's QT Data against DO-160 and requirements. • Participate in Avionic Test Plan Analysis. • Coordinate with Avionics Design Team, Electromagnetic Effects group and Suppliers to resolve any open items/comments/deviation or missing information in the qualification supplier's evidences (QTP, QTR, QSAR, TSO, etc.) • Closure of the TSOA/ QTRs/ QSARs findings and deviations; • Identify the additional test required for qualification and prepare the appropriate documentation (RFQ, QTplan, QTP, QTR) assuring compliance of test plans and artefacts with the company standards. Job Requirements: Minimum 5+ years of broad avionics engineering experience. Including 5 years' experience specific to company test and certification test (Rig, Ground, Flight). Must be familiar with: • Experience in DO-160 Qualification activities • Experience in certification activities pertinent to Part 25 aircrafts with FAA/EASA/JCAB • Experience with TSO, QSAR and Test Procedures/Reports • Experience with test equipment and/or systems Keywords: Avionics, environmental test, environmental qualification, QTP, QTR, FAA/ EASA/ JCAB/ CAA, Test procedures, certificationRead more
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Hybrid Air Vehicles Scores Production Approval
Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Airlander 10, the world’s longest aircraft, is ready to go into full production following the award of Production Organisation Approval (POA) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The milestone follows hot on the heels of October 2018’s award of Design Organisation Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This puts HAV in a “strong position to launch production” and the company has earmarked the early 2020s for a maiden flight of the production aircraft. A POA assesses the manufacture and assembly elements of aircraft production, which covers supply chain management, manufacturing and assembly processes as well as analysing the production facility itself. The POA coupled with the DOA puts the company on a path towards type certification with the production Airlander 10. "Successfully being awarded our POA in the same year as our DOA is fantastic," said Executive Director Nick Allman. "The POA is the regulator’s stamp of approval for us to move ahead with the productionisation of Airlander 10 on the path to type certification. This puts us in a great position going into 2019." Following the certifications, the prototype Airlander 10 that has been used to test and prove the Airlander concept has now been retired.
Boeing Smashes New Aircraft Delivery Record
Boeing had a record-breaking 2018 after delivering 806 aircraft, far in excess of 2017’s previous record annual performance of 763. Even as Boeing delivered more aircraft to customers, its order backlog continues to grow with net orders now totalling 893, valued by the company at $143.7bn. This has increased the company’s order backlog to seven years worth of production. The aerospace giant increased production of the 737 model in mid-2018 to 52 aeroplanes per month. Almost 50% of 2018’s 737 deliveries were for the fuel-efficient and longer-range MAX models, which included the first group of MAX 9 planes. In addition, production of the 787 Dreamliner achieved the highest ever rate for twin-aisle planes and managed 145 deliveries in 2018. Completing the delivery numbers, the 777, 767 and 747-8 models brought the total to 806. Notably, the company is counting ten deliveries of 767-2C aircraft to the US Air Force which form part of the troubled KC-46 tanker program. "Boeing raised the bar again in 2018 thanks to our teammates' incredible focus on meeting customer commitments, and continuously improving quality and productivity," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. "In a dynamic year, our production discipline and our supplier partners helped us build and deliver more airplanes than ever before to satisfy the strong demand for air travel across the globe."
Are Flying Cars The Future Of Urban Mobility?
Flying Cars have been a farfetched talking point for decades now, but are we finally starting to see a surge in the development of these types of technologies? Countless technology start-ups have been cropping up all over the world with promises to deliver these amazing and seemingly fictional capabilities by as soon as 2022. But even more than this; large investment companies are ploughing money into them to see this technology come to life! They aren’t using the anti-gravity propulsion or teleportation devices that are boasted by sci-fi shows, but they are still developing advanced technology which hasn’t been seen before. So …. What’s the problem? Major cities around the world we are seeing huge amounts of traffic, congestion and pollution, especially around peak times. This is mainly a result of how we have constructed our cities vs. transport systems over time as well as larger populations and the increasing urbanisation of the population. The majority of us live and work in 3D buildings (there are multiple floors piled on top of each other on a small footprint area at ground level). In some extreme cases, such as the Burj Khalifa in the UAE, 12,000 people can occupy the building's 6 million square feet with such a small comparative footprint onto the earth. Even the Burj’s underground parking has the capacity of 3000 vehicles. Imagine the offices inside the Burj Khalifa filled with eager employees Monday to Friday, now imagine everyone arrives and leaves at the same time in a 2D traffic system …. Surely this is madness! This will only create massive amounts of traffic and congestion around the building! Well this is exactly how our cities work at the moment. We didn’t plan it this way, or at least I think we didn’t, but this is what it has come to. Ok, yes, this is an example using the tallest building in the world – but picture London. In London, there are huge 3D buildings on every horizon, and the majority of traffic systems employ a 2D design. Of course, London has an underground subway system which certainly helps relieve city travel congestion, but there’s still an awful lot of traffic, noise and pollution. So now you know the problem, what are the solutions? The one logical solution is to create a 3D traffic system to support our 3D cities. And I believe that the most promising route is to look to the skies. Enter Air Taxis Air taxis are small vehicles, designed to fly from point A to point B in an urban environment. To cover off the basics, eVTOL stands for Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing – powered by batteries and capable of taking off and landing in very small spaces, without the need of even a short runway. VTOL technology has been available for decades - we have seen VTOL aircraft before in the Harrier Jump Jet and the newer F-35B, but applying electric technology to this concept changes the game. Electric flight is perfect for urban environments. There are no emissions. They are less noisy and it has finally become possible to power aircraft with batteries. There are however, still improvements to be made as detailed below. In my opinion, there are a few key factors which will contribute to the success of eVTOL on a global commercial scale. I have listed these below: 1) Noise pollution – these eVTOL vehicles will need to be quiet if we want to see lots of them transporting people around our cities. However, as there is a huge amount of airflow required to lift a passenger vehicle there will need to be some very clever engineering required to contain the noise these vehicles will produce 2) Certification – EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) are in talks at the moment to design airworthiness standards which will enable the certification of small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. It will be interesting to find out the battery requirements and safety systems needed to get them in the air. 3) Infrastructure – How are these vehicles going to be accessed and utilised? Will we see futuristic bus stations for eVTOL vehicles or will we be able to request a ride using our mobile similar to Uber’s model? 4) Customer confidence – An eVTOL aircraft, would you trust it enough to get in and fly about London? NVH Engineering (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) will need to be at the focal point when designing an eVTOL aircraft. It will need to be comfortable, quiet, stable and an overall enjoyable experience to appeal to the masses 5) Battery Technology – It’s safe to say, Lithium Ion batteries have come a long way in the last decade or so. The density and performance of Lithium Ion batteries have been drastically improved, as well as the charging speed. But for these eVTOL vehicles to fly a reasonable distance and have enough reserve power to meet safety standards – there’s still significant work to be done. The eVTOL industry is predicted to grow exponentially over the coming years as more and more technology companies release their version to market. By 2035 the market is expected to be worth around $32,000,000,000 with some companies boasting their technology to be ready by 2022. Since I started working with some of the world’s leading eVTOL and Urban Mobility companies back in November 2017, I have already seen some huge milestones met and massive technology advancements which will surely change Urban Mobility as we know it. Hopefully this article triggers some talking points around eVTOL and if or when it will change the shape of our cities. I would be very interested to know your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment or get in touch! Form ID:3935
China Successfully Lands On Far Side Of The Moon
Another spacefaring first has been achieved as the Chinese Chang’e 4 vehicle has successfully landed on the far side of the Moon. The probe, which contains a lander and a rover, touched down in the Von Karman Crater in the Moon’s South Pole Aitken Basin on Thursday 4th January. The unmanned craft is tasked with scientific research on the region’s makeup which is scarred from a long history of asteroid impacts. It will conduct low-frequency radio astronomical observation, survey the terrain and landforms, detect the mineral composition and study any shallow lunar surface structures. In addition, it will measure the neutron radiation on the far side of the moon. Whilst landing, the solar panels and antennas on Chang’e took photos of the landing area and beamed them back to Earth. The Moon rotates on its axis at the same rate at the Earth which means that the near side is always facing us, making far side unknown and mysterious. As a consequence, all moon landings to date have been on the near side of the Moon as it is simpler to access. It is thought that studying the far side of the moon will prove to be vital in understanding the Earth’s own history as it is covered in deep craters, likely caused by asteroid bombardments that might also have affected our planet. While a great engineering feat, the impact may be even greater in geopolitical terms. The success rockets China into the big leagues of space exploring nations, signalling the that the Middle Kingdom has both the expertise and the political will to explore and exploit resources beyond Earth. The space race may have just heated up even more.