- Stress & Mechanical Engineer
KDC are now recruiting for one of our busiest clients based in Bristol. This is an exciting opportunity for a Stress & Mechanical Engineer to provide the Head of Engineering a high level support with the structural substantiation of aircraft interior, system and structural installation. Job Details Compile stress analysis documents (stress and interface load reports) to meet aircraft industry requirements, budget, and project schedules utilizing hand calculations or classical finite element method using NX Nastran/FEMAP. Compile static test plans & reports in accordance with regulations and OEM requirements. Support Certification Engineers in compiling design reports, structural substantiation reports, weight, and balance analysis… Support the company's internal Test Facility with test fixture validation and test witnessing. Key Attributes Self-starter, well organised, used to working under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to work to the highest quality and accuracy to achieve established goals in timely manner. Effective and confident communicator. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Flexible and committed to aiding development of the business in whatever capacity is required (subject to skills and experience). Proficiency in Finite Element Analysis and standard hand calculations required. Understanding of CS-25 & CS-27 requirements and OEM requirements would be an advantage. Knowledge of composite material would be an advantage. Ability to travel as required. Ability to work overtime as required. Education & Experience Degree in Mechanical Engineering Minimum 3-year experience in aviation / aircraft interior industryRead more
- Systems/Electrical Engineer
6 month contract... Project Description: • Working on-site at our client in Filton. The fuel systems test facility is a vital catalyst for engineers studying improvements in fuel modelling and researching emerging technologies • Operational features of the facility are controlled by two discrete monitoring systems: the facility monitoring and control system (FMACS) and the instrumentation monitoring and control system (IMACS). These systems ensure that all fuel, vacuum and other services can be safely delivered to the test rigs, with the option of automatic control that enables test repetition, flight altitude simulation and engine fuel demand profiles. • New concept work for new programme. Essential Skills Key experiences and skills: • Capability to provide Electrical Architecture schematics, Wiring diagrams • Knowledge of Instrumentation + Fluid Mechanical components integration • Experience of working within an ATX environment • Design & test of electrical & electronic closed loop control systems, Digital & Analogue • Interfacing of control systems & instrumentation • Systems integration, test & calibration of control systems Advantageous Skills: PC Skills, Working knowledge of 17th Edition wiring regulations. Get in touch for more info!Read more
- EMC System Engineer
Are you an ambitious Systems Engineer with experience working with Satellite Technology and looking for a role that will truly challenge you? KDC is working with one of the leading European Space Companies that develops state of the art Satellite Technology based in Germany. Our client is looking for an experienced Systems Engineer who can work autonomously and has a real passion for what they do. Your Tasks Support the design and development of the next generation payload architecture including architecture trade-offs and verification planning Contribute to the internal training, knowledge, and tools database Coordinate requirements flow-down and specification writing for subsystems and units (Amplifiers, Antennas, Filters, Signal Generator, etc). Review and assess supplier proposals Model and assess the RF Power, Signal performance, clock frequency stability, and other payload performance parameters. Support test campaigns by analysing measured payload performance and assessing/troubleshooting anomalies/non conformances Analyse any non-conformances for impact and gain approval from customer Review and assess supplier documentation and participate in review meetings (design, qualification, test-readiness, post-test, acceptance, etc.) as customer Assess on-orbit performance and anomaly reports Travel regularly to supplier/customer sites supporting testing and technical meetings as above Your Qualifications Certified Degree Professional experience as a Systems Engineer Self-managed and pro-active working style Working level proficiency in written and spoken English. Our client offers a career where you'll have the opportunity to relocate to Germany and work with the most advanced technologies available within Space. This role is based in Germany and comes with a full relocation package, as well as a competitive salary and benefits.Read more
- Embedded Software Engineer
Are you a driven and ambitious Embedded Software Engineer with experience developing software for safety critical systems? Are you looking for a new opportunity that will truly challenge you? Are you looking for your next move post-lockdown? KDC is working with a futuristic aerospace company in Germany that has assembled a team of world class engineers who are currently working on developing a fully autonomous eVTOL aircraft. They have successfully completed several test flights and have developed state of the art R&D facilities. Our client is currently looking for someone with expertise in developing embedded software for Aerospace. Job Description: As Embedded Software Engineer you will develop software that runs on a state of the art eVTOL. You will design and implement safe software that will change the way everyone travels. • You will be a software engineer experienced in the development of real-time embedded software applications and are also familiar with developing distributed embedded solutions. • Within a multi-disciplinary team, you develop the embedded software for the onboard systems, including flight control sub-systems, networking protocols, health monitoring and cockpit systems. Qualifications • Experience developing software for Aerospace • University Degree • Minimum 3 years of experience in the development of real-time embedded software • Excellent software development skills in the C language • Experience with RTOS, software configuration management tools, continuous integration, test coverage • Experience with digital communication bus standards (e.g. SPI, I²C, UART, etc.) • Understanding of standards like DO-178 • Experience in distributed systems development is preferred Our client offers a career where you'll have the opportunity to relocate to Germany and work with the most advanced technologies available within electric aviation, as well as the opportunity to shape the organizational setup right from the start. This role comes with a full relocation package, as well as a competitive salary and benefits.Read more
Aerospace and Defence
KDC Resource has been operating in the aerospace and defence sector since 2002. We work with the world’s leading defence and civil aerospace companies to source and place high quality permanent and contract talent. We understand organisations like these need the finest engineering talent in order to help them develop some of the most sophisticated technologies in the world. We are currently engaged in finding leading technical talent for projects – among others – that are linked to the national defence of the United Kingdom. Our specialist team have successfully supported our clients find leading talent for roles across: Part 21 J, Certification, Cabin Interiors, Design, Avionics Design, Structures, Electrical Design, Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE), Head of Design, Airworthiness and EASA. KDC Resource is actively working on similar roles requiring industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels. Scroll down to learn more. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
The private Space sector is relatively young. The decommissioning of the Space Shuttle Programme was an opportunity for private businesses to support NASA with its operations both in orbit and beyond. Elsewhere in the world organisations are pioneering new satellite technologies, unmanned probes and innovative new ways to combat space junk. KDC Resource are proud to be working with a number of these organisations providing highly skilled technical talent into Flight Dynamics, AOCS, Earth Observation, GNSS, Mission Operations, Ground Segment and Payload. Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels including Systems Engineers, Payload Engineers, AOCS Engineers, Product Assurance Engineers, RF Engineers and Control Engineers. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
The world is always changing and that brings new opportunities and new innovations. At KDC Resource, our emerging and disruptive technologies team works with organisations that upset the status quo. Whether that’s how we travel or how we use technology to revolutionise mundane tasks. We have recruited for roles across the eVTOL, Urban Mobility, Electric Vehicle, Drone, Energy, Battery Technology, Autonomous Systems and Composite Structure markets. Including roles such as Battery Systems Engineers, Flight Control Law Engineers, AI Software Developers, Prototype Engineers, Autonomous System Engineers, and Safety and Reliability Engineers. Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Cyberattacks are becoming increasingly common and businesses of all sizes are struggling to muster a meaningful defence. There are genuine concerns that critical infrastructure could be targeted by hackers or by enemy states in event of a conflict. Which is why finding the best cyber security and technology specialists takes experts. We are proud to work with some of the market leaders in this vital industry to find top tier candidates to fulfil cybersecurity roles at every level. Roles we recruit for include: Penetration Testers, Ethical Hackers, Security Analysts, Cyber Security Architects, Software Engineers, Technical Project Managers, AI Engineers, Sales Managers and Cyber Account Executives. Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
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5 key changes that will make EVs the preferred mode of transport
1 - Heavy promotion on its benefits It is widely accepted that EVs are a cleaner and more sustainable mode of transport, however, some still do not see the urgency in why they should make the switch to Electric. The novel Coronavirus pandemic has helped to highlight the impact that fossil fuels have on our cities and wildlife. There are currently an estimated 4.2 million deaths a year related to air pollution, yet the message still does not get seen. If car manufacturers and local governments would highlight fossil fuel air pollution in a PSA strategy similar to cigarettes being bad for your health, this could help people make the switch faster. 2 - Making EVs more affordable With EV technology still relatively new and companies such as Tesla only starting to make a profit, it is easy to understand why the cost of an EV is typically higher. If manufacturers truly want to make the world cleaner and sustainable then they need to make a commitment. Price of EVs alienate those who cannot afford a £30,000+ price point and, even with government incentives, it does not bring the cost down enough for the average consumer. 3 - Fast Charging Solutions Battery life anxiety plagues most of us when it comes to our mobile phones and is something that the average consumer will think about when contemplating purchasing an electric car. With an average range of 181 miles, electric cars are seen by many as only suitable for short distance driving. This can be easily resolved by increased availability of charging stations, rather than having to plan a charge route for your car on a long journey. Having fast charging stations in the majority of petrol stations coupled with charging speeds close to the speed of refuelling with fossil fuels would eliminate battery life anxiety for most consumers. NIO are looking to offer a battery swap service which would see your battery pack for your NIO EV be swapped in 3 minutes, but this doesn’t appear to be as scalable or cost effective as battery charging. 4 - Wide range of options We are now seeing many manufacturers produce their own EVs, but this has a strong bias towards the SUV and Luxury Vehicle market. If consumers had a wider variety of options to choose from, like fossil fuel cars, then this can also have a massive affect on market share. 5 - Banning use of fossil fuel cars The final way to make EVs the preferred mode of transport is to ban the sale of new fossil fuel cars. Many world and localised governments have already announced plans to phase out diesel and petrol cars, however their targets are not extreme enough, if we want drastic change. Banning the sales of these cars in the next 10 years is a fast track way to switch people to EVs - but perhaps a short term strategy would be to increase tax on Diesel vehicles to the point that they are not appealing to the average consumer. Final Thoughts We are seeing positive change in how people think about the environment and how they can play their part. There are more and more new companies developing sustainable technology and pushing the established manufacturers to do the same. If we can get these 5 important changes right, it won’t be long before electric becomes the preferred mode of transport. Get in touch with us today to discuss your thoughts on the future of transport!
6 Strategies That Will Change the Way You Do Engineering Recruitment
It is widely recognised that Engineers are one of the most looked for after experts these days, and that an organisation's recruitment technique is indispensable to pulling in the best new talent. Use Social Media The conventional method of advertising jobs and applicants submitting their CV is evolving quickly. Today, the likes of social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are underutilised. As a rule, utilising hashtags on every single social medium is unquestionably advantageous as they make online searches simpler and quicker, just by having a select few keywords. Keeping a modern LinkedIn profile is key to boosting credibility, whilst helping to develop your network. You can share your organisation's most recent updates which may hold importance with likely applicants, join related online conversations, or compose articles that will distinguish you as an influencer in your industry. Understand your Clients Applicable to all candidates, not just engineers. Before a Recruiter picks up the phone, they must know the client inside-out. Candidates want to know about the culture and lifestyle they will be moving to, in addition to the financial package. Today, a work-life balance is becoming increasingly attractive. If the client offers flexible working, company discounts, working remote, etc., ensure that you are aware of the benefits so that you can use them when pitching to candidates that will find this important. The best recruiters can paint a picture to a candidate, depending on what motivates the candidate and whether the job will match their aspirations. There are online and public tools that can be used to your advantage, such as the ‘Glassdoor’ website. This however can be a hinderance, as there can be a mixture of positive and negative reviews, which can come from both bias and un-bias sources. Always consider this and do your research before suggesting this method. Tap into your Engineering talent-pool for referrals Checking with your engineering network to see if any colleagues or friends working in the engineering sector are looking for a change, is one of the most effective means of recruitment, which lends itself to the use of all digital social media. Referrals have the highest conversion rate of applicant to hire, with the shortest recruitment process. Quality over quantity is another advantage of using candidate referrals – as people typically recommend someone they trust and who they think can do the job properly. Most candidates are public knowledge by advertising themselves on job boards or social media. However, some Engineers are ‘old-school’; on occasional referrals, you can unearth a gem of a candidate that would have otherwise been unfound, with no online or social media presence. (It’s sometimes not what you know, but who you know!) Candidate Empathy Understanding the engineering sector and its sub-sectors is vital to the recruitment process. Understanding the characteristics of engineers is just as important, as money is not always the only source of motivation. As aforementioned, flexible hours to achieve a better work-life balance, working from home, and career progression paths are just some of the alternatives that candidates consider when choosing their next employer. Get Involved! There are many events and expos within most engineering sectors in both the UK and internationally. Do your research to see which are best suited to your market. Is there someone going to an event that you’ve wanted to speak to but never managed to engage with them? Now is your perfect chance to have a face to face conversation. My advice is to get involved in these, go to meetings and events, support them on social media, and in return, you will constantly grow your professional network. Consider new ideas Because of the ‘skills gap’ in the engineering industry, recruiters need to think outside the box to attract top engineering talent. Try making the process a little challenging by asking them to complete a task or to solve a problem. Get in touch with one of our specialist Engineering Recruiters today to start your journey toward better Recruitment strategies!
5 reasons your CV isn't enough in 2020?
It takes more than a great CV to find the right role in the current market. Candidates know that using a recruitment agency to find a new role can save you time and help the whole process run smoothly and effectively, compared to applying for a role directly. There are key advantages to partnering with recruiters who are specialists in your field - and much of these are down to the sector knowledge and niche expertise consultants bring, along with any relationships or networks they already might have established. Why is working with a recruiter who fully understands what matters to you in your career is so important? 1: Specialist Recruiters only work with talent like you A generalist agency will aim to cater to everyone, working with a wide spectrum of candidates and clients. (Think more volume than niche.) But clearly not all industries are the same. That is why choosing a specialist who can focus on particular industries makes sense. At KDC we work with clients in a few chosen sectors: Aerospace (Civil & military), Defence, and Emerging Technologies. We take on only technical professional candidates with the skills, experience, and key characteristics that we know these clients are looking for to steer their business to the next level. 2: Specialist Recruiters understand your technical skills Your CV is packed with impressive accomplishments and technical skills built up over time. But will a general recruitment agency know the job titles and functions you’ve held, or the tools and software packages you have used? Will they fully understand what you do? The jury’s out on all these questions. A specialist consultant, on the other hand, understands your career history, terminology and can represent you credibly to clients, as they know who hires high performers and specialist skill sets like you. Technical professional roles are becoming increasingly specialised, calling for very specific skills and precise knowledge. 3: Specialist Recruiters have extra intel A job advert may give you the basics about the role but learning more can help you decide if the company is the right fit for you. That is where specialist recruitment agencies come in. Sector knowledge allows them to fill in the gaps about a potential employer - their current key projects and what is in the pipeline. They’ll probably already have successfully placed candidates in that business, so will have a good idea about company culture and working environment too. Being connected to a large industry network also gives them knowledge on what’s going on in the market in general, the projects other companies are working on, who might be moving and where the best technical talent is heading to. 4: Specialist Recruiters get the best terms Specialist recruiters guide you through all stages of the recruitment process if you need it - from an initial application to attending the interviews, to negotiating terms and conditions at the job offer stage. And when it comes to salary benchmarking, they have a firm grasp on what typical market rates and earnings, so can offer advice on pushing for the best package. 5: Specialist Recruiters keep you in the loop long term At KDC we build up relationships with technical professionals who are actively looking for their next role. But we also keep in close touch with passive candidates - people who aren’t looking right now but might be interested if the right opportunity comes up. Even if you’re not proactively job hunting, a specialist consultant will be on your side for the long term, keeping you in the loop about what’s emerging in your sector for when the time’s right to move. What you can gain from us? Partnering with a team of recruitment consultants who know the intricacies of your field and getting the right support - whatever stage of your job hunt - is crucial for hitting your future career objectives. KDC Resource is a dedicated technical and engineering recruiter into the emerging and disruptive technology space. If you are looking for an exciting role with organisations like these upload your CV today. Or, if you’re searching for skilled professionals to join your team, get in touch, and a member of the team will be happy to discuss your requirements in more detail.
Is Black Nano Gold the answer to Climate Change?
Environmentalists and scientists have been urging countries around the world to reverse the extreme levels of denaturalisation and deforestation occurring in developed and developing nations alike. It has been proven that aggressive reforestation programmes will be one of the most effective methods of reducing CO2 emission and combatting climate change. China is taking reforestation so seriously that in 2018 they drafted in 60,000 soldiers to plant 32,400 square miles of trees around the Beijing area in order to combat the choking levels of pollution. It is China’s intention to increase forest coverage from 21% of total land mass to 23% by 2020. With China’s landmass sitting at over 3.7 million square miles, a 2% increase would grow coverage from 778,138 square miles to 852,247 square miles. Which is roughly three times the size of Texas. The problem is growing trees takes time and parts of China are so heavily polluted that solar farms are no longer working. However, a team at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai believe they may have found a solution that works just as well in a fraction of the time. Black Nano Gold According to the team at TIFR, the Black Gold is created by altering the gold nanoparticles and changing the distance between them. This transformation builds on yellow gold’s heat absorbing properties to also absorb water and CO2 as well, effectively turning them into artificial trees. However, whereas a real tree turns water and CO2 into food, the Black Nano Gold turns water and CO2 into a clean burning fuel. At least that’s the claim. It also has the added benefit of desalinating sea water as a possible method to combat drought. It’s worth noting that – at this point – the process only produces a very small amount of fuel, but the technology is still in its early stages. TIFR are confident that they can improve the conversion rate in the coming years. As businesses across the world can expect to be taxed on their emissions, it also represents an opportunity. Black Gold could be used to either eliminate or offset their carbon footprint. Black Gold lattices could be placed in exhaust stacks or businesses could pay for the growing of Black Gold ‘forests’ in order to absorb the equivalent emissions they produce. While the carbon capture element is highly appealing, and much needed, it’s questionable if we want to replace one type of combustible fuel for another. Especially as it’s not clear what the by-products of burning that fuel in vast quantities would be. Carbon Capture Alternatives Black Gold is an interesting proposition. It serves as carbon capture and fuel. It’s not clear how much Black Gold would be needed to absorb a meaningful amount of CO2 – compared to a mature tree, for example. There are also the questions of how long it would take to produce and how much it will cost. If the cost is low and requires little in the way of maintenance, then it could be a strong contender in the emerging carbon capture market. However, considering it requires manipulating gold the chances aren’t great. Moreover, other carbon capture solutions are already in place and receiving state funding in order to expand their operations. The UK alone has put £26 million into carbon capture technologies in order to meet its emissions targets. Companies like Swiss-based Climeworks have developed technology that extracts CO2 from the air. The CO2 captured can then be reused in farming or even to carbonate fizzy drinks. The big challenge for Climeworks is that carbon capture is expensive. Between $94 and $230 per metric tonne. The cost to capture the 37 billion metric tonnes of CO2 produced by burning fossil fuels each year, would be at least $3.47 trillion. As the technology becomes more common and efficient the cost per tonne should reduce. Although even if the cost per metric tonne plummeted, the bill would still likely sit at in excess of a trillion dollars a year. An alternative is seawater capture. This is theoretically cheaper, but the infrastructure will likely cost more. There’s also fewer places it can be safely used. But the carbon capture element is just part of Black Gold’s offering. Fuel Replacement A viable, sustainable and cost-effective replacement to fossil fuels is fast becoming one of the most pressing matters of the 21st Century. Our ability to successfully migrate away from fossil fuels in the next 30 years will likely dictate the course of the hundred years that follow. So, replacing one fuel for another will undoubtedly raise concerns. Especially as eventually the carbon levels will reach normal levels. At which point we’ll be using more carbon than we have spare. The Dearman nitrogen engine is an interesting alternative as nitrogen is abundant in the atmosphere and in outer space. Also, a by-product of burning nitrogen is a small amount of nitrogen, making them highly efficient. Currently, however, electric vehicles – including eVTOL aircraft – seem to be the most likely alternative to the combustion engine. Considering Hyperdrive – the UK’s leading producer of Lithium-Ion batteries – has just opened a new 21,000 square feet facility, they are betting big that electric is the future. The new location will allow Hyperdrive to develop new products and new technologies. The improved capacity will also allow the production of around 30,000 battery packs a year. The timing couldn’t be better for Hyperdrive as Jaguar Land Rover has recently announced its intention to heavily invest in electric vehicle production. Considering the EASA’s new framework for eVTOL aircraft and it’s safe to assume that demand for high capacity power cells is about to increase significantly. But they’re going to have some competition. Swiss-based Innolith have developed a power cell based on inorganic electrolytes. Because the cells are inorganic, they’re non-combustible which makes them far safer to use. They’re also claiming that the cells hold a greater charge that will last longer and more environmentally friendly to manufacture. It’s too early to tell whether the battery market can sustain two distinctive offerings. Lithium Ion has the benefit of mass adoption. But assuming the alternative is universally compatible and comparable with Lithium Ion in performance and cost, then it’s anyone’s race. It almost seems irrelevant which solution proves the most successful in terms of reducing CO2 emissions and replacing fossil fuels, providing it happens. However, with so many organisations striving hard to devise those solutions, we may just be in with a chance of succeeding. KDC Resource is a dedicated technical and engineering recruiter into the emerging and disruptive technology space. If you are looking for an exciting role with organisations like these upload your CV today. Or, if you’re searching for skilled professionals to join your team, get in touch, and a member of the team will be happy to discuss your requirements in more detail.