- Airworthiness Engineer - Landing Gear & Wing Structure
Airworthiness Engineer - Landing Gear & Wing Structure KDC are currently seeking an Airworthiness Engineer for one of the global leaders in aeronautics, space and defence. You will be working on Landing Gears. As this engineer you will be expected to have a strong experience in Airworthiness, Structure and Systems Engineering and to know Airbus processes for Certification and Configuration. As a successful candidate will have strong experience in Airworthiness & Certification (CS25, EASA/FAA). Key skills and competencies: • Experience in Wing Structure, Systems Installation and Landing Gear Engineering. • Experience in Aircraft Modification. • Experience in Aircraft Configuration Management. The successful candidate would be expected to work a 35-hour week at an hourly rate of £27.63 PAYE. The initial length of this contract is for 12 months. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact me on 01202 596374.Read more
- Innovation & Agile Trainer/Coach
Supply Chain and Quality Business Support KDC are currently seeking an Innovation & Agile Trainer for one of the global leaders in aeronautics, space and defence. This role of Innovation and Agile Support requires an in-depth understanding of Innovation methodologies, Project Management and Agile (Scrum), in a high paced changing industry currently undergoing transformation and culture change. You will possess excellent inter-personal and communication skills and demonstrate the ability to interface and influence people at all levels of the business. Key skills and competencies: • Relevant qualification and knowledge base of Innovation toolsets, Project Management associated tools and techniques, specifically a good understanding of LBIP (Lead Business Improvement) and Agile amongst others, as well as being Scrum master trained. • Strong communication & Stakeholder Management skills within a demanding and fast paced business area. • Empowered to engage and connect at all employee levels in order to drive innovation and a mind-set change. • Strong Idea Creation and Technology Development Skills. • Ability to lead, facilitate and manage groups of people in workshops and consultation sessions, both at management and employee operator levels. • Reasonable understanding of Aerospace Industry/Additional languages would also be an advantage. The successful candidate would be expected to work a 35-hour week at an hourly rate of £26.87 PAYE. The initial length of this contract is for 10 months with an expectation it may be extended. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact me on 01202 596374.Read more
- Development Engineer
KDC are now looking for a number of Development Engineers to join one of our busiest clients based over in Wimborne. This is a great opportunity to continue your career in the Aerospace industry whilst helping complete a massive project. So, if you are looking for a new opportunity this could be the role for you! Their new Development Engineer will be responsible for applying discipline domain expertise to the design, development and delivery of new products processes and technologies. They will typically be part of an Integrated Product Team (IPT) and will contribute to the performance of the IPT to ensure that the performance expectations are met. The lucky candidate will employ the appropriate discipline processes, practices and tools to ensure that responsibilities are completed to meet the required project requirements. Daily Tasks: ·Applying engineering principles to a variety of well-defined problems. ·Keeping to the discipline domain knowledge to the design, development and delivery of new products, processes and technologies on time, within budget and with required quality. ·Continued development of discipline competence and expertise. ·Application of, and compliance with, engineering processes and practices including the engineering framework, LCM and regulatory requirements. ·Identification of opportunities for improvement in discipline processes, practices and tools. ·Collaboration with IPT members to address project requirements. ·Collaboration with discipline peers within the BU and across the enterprise to share and learn best practice. ·Propose new technologies, materials and processes to maintain and grow our technology differentiations. ·Propose and develop new products and contribute to technical proposals. Skills & Experience: ·Strong experience of Qualification Testing within an Aerospace environment ·Aware of RTCA 160 & Mil-Stan 810 Standards ·Knowledge of FAA Regulations ·Previous experience writing Qualification Test Reports ·Airworthiness Regulations ·FAA and Conformity Products / Tests ·Strong knowledge of Endurance Testing & Complex Test activities ·Environmental Test experience Key Words: Development Engineer, Qualification Testing, Environmental Testing, Reports, AerospaceRead more
- Project Coordinator
Project Coordinator The Project Coordinator is an integral member of the project team responsible for delivering engineering projects of varying size and complexity. The Project Coordinator is responsible for directing, organising and controlling project activities, under the direction of an Operations Manager (OM). Scope of responsibilities: • Attend client meetings and assist with determination of project requirements • Assist the OM/Technical Leads in the creation and release of Project documentation including Proposals, Bid Reviews, Contract Reviews, Progress Reports and Delivery Acceptance Notes. • Attend weekly customer meetings and distribute minutes to all project team members • Maintain and track progress of contractual documentation registers. • Effectively and accurately communicate relevant project information to the client and project teams on a weekly basis. • Ensure clients' needs are met in a timely and cost-effective manner • Track & manage Change Notices • Track the Quality system to ensure that processes are being adhered too • Keep the OM and others informed about project status and issues that may impact client relations • Ensure effective and open communication throughout the team and with stakeholders. Essential Skills/Key experiences and skills: • Good attention to detail and diligent • Strong time keeping and organisation skills • Effective communication skills (both verbal and written) • Adaptable and quick learner • Good analytical skills • Ability to multitask • Very proficient in use of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project) • A baseline understanding of project management techniques Advantageous Skills: Industry familiarity, Financial background, proficiency in MS Project, previous Project Coordination experience.Read more
- Systems Engineers
KDC are now looking for a number of System Engineers to join one of our busiest clients based over in Wimborne. This is a great opportunity to continue your career in the Aerospace industry whilst helping complete a massive project. So, if you are looking for a new opportunity this could be the role for you! The lucky candidate is responsible for applying discipline domain expertise to the design, development and deliver new products processes and technologies. As the new member of the engineering team will typically be part of an Integrated Product Team (IPT) and will contribute to the performance of the IPT to ensure that the performance expectations are met or exceeded. The engineering team member shall employ the appropriate discipline processes, practices and tools to ensure that responsibilities are completed to meet the required project requirements and discipline quality. Daily Tasks: ·Creating and managing the definition and requirements for a system, framework or product. ·Defining processes, system specifications, input/output and integration requirements. ·Application of discipline domain knowledge to the design, development and delivery of new products, processes and technologies on time, within budget and with required quality ·Continued development of discipline competence and expertise ·Application of, and compliance with, engineering processes and practices including the engineering framework, LCM and regulatory requirements ·Identification of opportunities for improvement in discipline processes, practices and tools ·Collaboration with IPT members to address project requirements ·Collaboration with discipline peers within the BU and across the enterprise to share and learn best practice ·Propose new technologies, materials and processes to maintain and grow our technology differentiations ·Propose and develop new products ·Contribute to business winning technical proposals ·Applies standard engineering principles to well defined problems of moderate complexity. ·Works primarily with other technical colleagues within the business unit/functional area/IPT to accomplish objectives. Analyses, develops and recommends design approaches to meet production requirements for new or improved products or processes. Skills and Experience: ·CRADLE is highly desirable. However, if you have used DOORS then our client is happy to train you up. ·Our client is ideally looking for a range of Systems Engineers with a background in: Projects, Mechanical, Electrical and Avionics. Key Words: Systems Engineer, CRADLE, DOORS, Mechanical, Electrical, Projects, Aerospace, Defence.Read more
- Supply Chain and Quality Business Support
Supply Chain and Quality Business Support KDC are currently seeking a Supply Chain support for one of the global leaders in aeronautics, space and defence. This person will be supporting the business operations team and will be responsible for ensuring Aviation Authorities requirements (EN9100) are adopted and supported. You will be having a lot of stakeholder management daily as well as continuous improvement activities and monitoring of department performance. Key skills and competencies: • Supply Chain & Quality Background • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office • Experienced in the use and deployment of Digital solutions/tools • Team work and leadership attributes • Autonomous and pro-active approach • Knowledge of Supply Chain Quality tools, techniques and methodologies The successful candidate would be expected to work a 35 hour week at an hourly rate of £18.42 PAYE. The initial length of this contract is for 12 months with an expectation it may be extended. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, then please apply or contact myself on 01202 596374.Read more
- Head of Independent Systems Monitoring
Is implementing and monitoring quality processes at the heart of what you do? Are you experienced in setting up or monitoring design organisations adhering to Aerospace Certification standards? 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 looking for a Head of Independent Systems Monitoring to monitor compliance in accordance with the Design Assurance System. You will reporting directly to the Head of Design Organisation. Your Day to Day: You will be responsible for delivering the overall programme ensuring that the company is adhering to the design assurance system implemented by the company's design organisation. You will develop and implement monitoring methods, such as: structured experience exchange regular quality meetings brainstorming or lessons-learned-sessions project reviews at critical phases of company development preparation and update of this VDH, as required planned and unplanned audits You will make sure the outcome of monitoring activities is documented and finding are classified to derive the respective actions. You will follow-up and participate in the closing of findings. Experience: Good communication skills Thorough knowledge of the applicable requirements to Design Organizations and to the Type Certification of products (previous involvement in setting up or monitoring Design Organizations, or previous active involvement in EASA Type Certification processes, or confirmed by interview / assessment through HDO or HoA) Thorough knowledge of EASA Part-21 and the related AMC (dedicated training, job experience in equivalent positions, assessment through HDO or HoA) Good experience in auditing techniques (dedicated training or job experience) Good experience in aviation development and certification processes (dedicated training or job experience) You are a real team player 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. This role is based in Germany and comes with a full relocation package, as well as a competitive salary and benefits. Please apply within if you are interested to learn more!Read more
- Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
KDC are now recruiting for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to join our busy client in Southampton. If you are looking for a new role and have a vast background in the Aerospace industry, then this could be the next move you've been looking for! The purpose of this role is to provide design leadership and/ or work as a part of a team on allocated jobs with focus on both detail and installation design. Role Description: •Preparation of schemes, details and assembly drawings etc aircraft modifications or projects arising from Customer specifications or approved Research and Development tasks •Liaison with other technical specialisations with the Design Office in order to produce coherent and comprehensive design solutions and packages. •To assist in the training of junior personnel within the department, as requested. •Deal with engineering problems and provide acceptable solutions, in accordance with Design Office procedures. •To analyse and decide on courses of action for DQFs, NCRs, Production Permits and Concessions relating to mechanical engineering. •Inform equipment suppliers by means of Design Specifications or correspondence of new equipment requirements. •To work in close co-operation with Production Engineering and Production Departments to ensure smooth implementation of design requirements. •To provide technical support to the buying department by providing buying lists and approving alternative parts. •To represent mechanical design at meetings as required by the Head of Technical Projects. •To undertake any special tasks as directed by the Head of Technical Projects or Technical Director. •Supervision of specific projects, designers and sub-contractors. •To ensure they do not endanger themselves or others using unsafe working practices. •To undertake training as appropriate in order to fulfil the requirements of the role. Key Skills: •CAD- 2D •CAD - 3D Solid Works •Ability to communicate effectively and clearly to a wide range of people at all levels within the business •Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines •Able to remain flexible to meet the wider demands of an expanding business •Design check signatory - either capable of becoming a Design Check Signatory Education and Qualifications: •Degree / HND / HNC in related engineering subject •Engineering apprenticeship in aircraft or similar allied industries •CAD Training Key Words: Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Islanders, Defenders, Signatory, CAD 2D/ 3DRead more
- Design Engineer
Are you a Mechanical Design Engineer looking for a more challenging role which will require you to come up with your own innovative designs? KDC are searching for a Design Engineer for a very exciting and engaging role. We are working closely with a global client who are renowned for their innovative products. You will be focussed on the design of all-new electro-mechanical machinery and sub-assemblies and actively generating brand new products and IP. This opportunity will give the chance to advance your career with an abundance of opportunity to progress and join a well-rewarded family, achieving a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. This company prides itself in employing ingenious engineers to work in a fast paced environment, so we are looking for Mechanical Design Engineers who are delivery focused. You will get the opportunity to use your Mechanical Engineering skills gained at University on your degree course or through a HND at College. You will be able to utilise your 2D and 3D CAD skills gained across one of the major packages. On top of this we are looking for someone who has experience in a machine design or manufacturing environment, and someone who is able to use their own initiative to solve problems that arise during manufacture or out on a customer's site. You will develop your skills in producing concepts and then develop these into full detailed designs. You will work closely with the production team as your product becomes a reality and is eventually delivered to the client. To find out more, 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
- 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
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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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.
How Hiring has Changed
A few years ago, finding great people to join an organisation relied on a few simple tactics. Post ads in the local or national newspapers, as well as any industry magazines. Then call through the list of candidates that you’ve already spoken to a dozen times before. Occasionally it would yield results but more often than not you’d either have to put up with a subpar candidate – because no one else applied – or coaxing someone away from a role they were happy in for more money. Then the internet happened. Websites and job boards sprang up and suddenly recruitment became a little more inbound. Candidates were coming to recruiters and hiring managers and that allowed databases to be established and to consistently grow. This opened businesses to a much wider talent pool which meant better quality hires. But it wasn’t without its problems. CVs were (and are) static documents which meant they quickly fell out of date and recruiters had no way of knowing who was still on the market or who had found a new position. Or who had sold up and gone to live in a cabin in the woods. But the internet was just the beginning. The Internet of Things The proliferation of the internet resulted in tools and platforms for candidates and recruiters alike to use in order to advertise and apply for roles faster and more effectively than ever before. Websites like Jobsite allows candidates to set up profile that showcases their experience and personality and allows recruiters to find them and make swift contact. LinkedIn upped the ante by giving users a global network of businesses and professionals that they otherwise wouldn’t know existed. The job market effectively became international with opportunities coming from all over the world. It also allowed recruiters and hiring managers to find candidates who were both actively looking for a new role and who’s work experience was up to date. And often appended with additional qualifications, certifications, recommendations and endorsements. It serves as a living record and – to an extent. A verification method that the individual can do what they say they can. The downside is it’s very easy for LinkedIn users to ignore recruiters. As is their right, but it’s a little frustrating when there’s a great role they could be perfect for on offer. The other downside is that it’s staggeringly easy to get friends to endorse you for all your claimed abilities. Equally modern job boards serve as gateways to an almost unlimited supply of candidates. Providing you know how to leverage the host of features; businesses can be put in touch with their perfect candidate in a matter of days and complete the process in weeks. Instead of months of painful and often fruitless advertising. Technology Mobile technology transformed the recruitment business. Emails on phones, job board apps and LinkedIn mean that recruiters went can get a response in a couple of hours. Instead of waiting a day or more in the past. Candidates can respond to or apply for opportunities faster than ever before. And thanks to the advent of cloud storage, they now often have their CV within easy reach too, meaning recruiters can progress applications the same day. The downside for the recruiter is the candidate expects the same kind of response. Which is difficult because they are often the middle link in the chain, trying to get two separate parties to align. Even internal recruiters struggle with this issue. On average, 82% of candidates expect to hear back about a role they have applied for but only 29% ever do. But as the internet has became more ubiquitous, the technology underpinning it has improved, providing even more tools to make the hiring process less complicated. Faster connection speeds and more powerful computers means that it’s also much easier to arrange interviews – or at least first stage interviews – over video calls. Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts all allow businesses and candidates to have a conversation, wherever they are in the world. There are obvious huge cost savings if the candidate lives in another country - or even the other end of the country. Plus, there’s inevitably an awkward conversation to be had if someone you flew out for a first interview doesn’t make the cut. Video calls avoid all those problems. Of course, there are drawbacks. Poor internet connection can render the technology useless. And there really is no substitute for meeting the person in real life. As a first interview tool, video calls are effective, providing you keep it focused to can they – at a basic level – do the job and are they pleasant to talk to. If the answer to both those questions is yes, then that’s when you get them on a plane. Culture For all the technological leaps that make it easier and faster to find candidates and move them through the process, the biggest shift has been the emphasis on culture. Turning up and doing the job day after day holds very little interest for the modern workforce. Jobs aren’t for life anymore. Especially if the individual doesn’t feel valued or like they’re making any meaningful contribution. Employers are starting to think along the same lines too. They don’t want clock watchers or people who see their organisation as a steppingstone. They want people who are motivated, passionate and committed to the cause. To make the difference they so desperately want to make. We’ve seen incredible candidates on paper get turned down by some of our most prestigious and exciting clients because they weren’t a good cultural fit. It’s a hard thing to tell a candidate. That they didn’t get their dream job because – basically – the hiring manager didn't like them very much. Obviously, we’re more diplomatic than that when providing feedback but that’s what it boils down to. Recognising that the culture of a company is what holds the company together – not an alpha leader type or huge profits while driving down the cost to operate – is a seismic change. As recruiters we now must consider the type of person we’re speaking to on the phone, not just whether they can do the job. The reality is the industry is changing all the time. As the new generation of recruiters and candidates come of age, the methods used to communicate will change too. Some of the most successful recruiters in the industry never pick up their phones. Simply because they don’t need to. They have worked out where their candidates hang out and how they like to be communicated with. As a result, they do all their recruitment through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and forums. It’s unconventional but it works. It’s unlikely that some of more accepted approaches – like a good old-fashioned phone call or email – will ever truly disappear. It will just evolve. But as company culture changes – and employees feel greater freedom to take a phone call from a recruiter, rather than guilty, it will get easier to reach out to them about opportunities, not harder. KDC Resource are expert technical recruiters in to the Aerospace & Defence, Space, Emerging Technologies and Cyber Security sectors. If you’re looking for a new role upload your CV today. Alternatively, if you have requirements you need supporting in filling, contact us and a member of the team will be in touch.
Ransomware are attacks on the Rise – what can be done?
A casual Google search for ransomware attacks will throw up a deluge of news stories, all of them from over the last few weeks (at time of writing). At the start of June 2019, the UK based Eurofins Scientific were forced to pay out after a ransomware attack crippled the business. It was so serious the Police suspended working with them until their systems had been brought under control and secured. Eurofins have declined to specify the amount they paid but presumably it was worth it compared to the potential loss of revenue caused by the various Police forces suspending their contracts. At the end of June, the Florida town of Lake City paid $500,000 to hackers after a ransomware attack disabled public services. Two weeks prior the town of Riviera Beach dolled out $600,000 in a similar attack. A court in the state of Georgia also fell foul of a similar attack, locking out access to online records. Servers were disconnected to quarantine the affected files. The court states that no personal information was affected. In Baltimore, Ohio and Indiana all had to suspend public services due to a ransomware attack. For Baltimore it was the second attack using the RobbinHood ransomware in a 3-month period. The first attack cost the Baltimore City $18.2 million in losses and more than a week to get things back up and running. And today news broke that the UK based first aid charity, St John’s Ambulance was the victim of a ransomware attack. Data relating to course bookings was locked out for the organisation and included names, contact details, payment information and even driving license details. Stand and Deliver This sharp rise in ransomware attacks is being facilitated by developers releasing SDKs faster than public services and private businesses can react to keep their networks safe. Coupled with the high proportion of breaches caused by human error and it makes the conditions favourable for hackers. And it’s costing the economy a fortune. Some affected businesses claim it’s costing tens of thousands a day in lost revenue. Even more for larger organisations. It has effectively become the modern form of highway robbery with businesses or individuals vulnerable to attack at any time of the day or night. Once a vulnerability is identified hackers don’t need to ask for large sums of money. Few businesses will cough up millions – or even hundreds of thousands – preferring to spend that money on someone to recover the data. However, a few thousand here or there? It’s cheaper than risking the loss of data or the loss of revenue. As a result, hackers are cleaning up and effectively declaring open hunting season on private and public organisations alike. Although there is an obvious trend of targeting organisations that: Are big enough to have enough employees that a reasonable IT infrastructure will exist. Can reasonably be assumed to have a sufficent funds to pay the ransom. Won’t necessarily have the most robust cyber security in place. Put all these things together and you’ve got an organisation ripe for the taking. But for some it’s not about the money. As the quote goes – ‘some [people] just want to watch the world burn’. In 2017 the Petya ransomware was released and decimated some of the world’s biggest companies. It was assumed that those behind it were out to make big money, like any other ransomware attack. Petya works like most other ransomware, but for one key difference. It doesn’t let you pay the ransom. According to Microsoft the malware hit 64 countries and according to security researchers the people behind the attacks wouldn’t have been able to unlock the encrypted files even if their victims could pay the ransom. The indiscriminate nature of Petya (and spin offs like Bad Rabbit) is unusual but not unheard of. Ransomware puts businesses and government bodies at major risk, facing either losing data – and their ability to operate – or a fortune in heard earned revenue. Either way it spells disaster for organisations with vulnerable networks. Marshalling Defences According to The Register, the most common causes of data breaches effecting Fortune 500 companies are system glitches, malicious attack or human errors. Although that last one is often following a malicious attack. And as soon as one attack is successful further attacks follow, making it harder and harder for an organisation to maintain its security with any kind of efficacy. The more data that gets encrypted and rendered useless, or sold on the dark web, the more the business will suffer and slip further towards collapse. Traditional counter measures are built around the old cyber kill chain of reconnaissance, exploitation and exfiltration. However now attacks focus more on opportunity, exploration, arbitrary action. Hackers no longer need to get in and get out with their ill-gotten gains. They can sit there for days or weeks, waiting for the right time to strike. This means cyber security needs to be active, not passive. If an active agent is on your network, lurking, then traditional measures will likely ignore it. Threats will evolve as privacy laws change and will inevitable move towards artificial intelligences like Google’s search engines. Data integrity attacks – in which data is manipulated and altered – before it reaches its recipient will destroy reputations, wiping billions off a company’s value. The same effect as ransomware but without the company knowing they’re a victim until it’s too late. In reality, if a hacker really wants to break into your network then they will. Unless it becomes too expensive, verses the reward, then they’ll go elsewhere. But assuming a concerted attack on any given network is likely, businesses need to be doing all they can to deter an attack and minimise the damage in the event of its success. So – using the 3-2-1 rule for backs ups will help protect key systems and records. Training team members to be sufficiently aware of suspicious emails, URL or questionable looking attachments, all of which can be used to deliver ransomware. And limiting access to certain administrative tools so only authorised personnel can access key areas. The principle of least privilege may frustrate the more tech savvy employees, but a little grumbling is worth the extra protection it affords. Especially – as we’ve noted already – half of data breaches are down to human error. Network segmentation can also help to keep those business-critical drives and files safe from an attack. Although we’re confident that artificial intelligence will overtake convention network security software in the coming years, it’s important that organisations make sure they are doing all they can to protect themselves now. All the indications are that ransomware and other attacks will continue to grow, especially as more and more organisations are choosing to pay the money. Despite law enforcement’s attempts to convince people otherwise. Although when faced with a choice of a few thousand in ransom or the potential loss of your entire organisation’s data, it’s easy to see why those organisations mentioned above made the decisions they did. Which paves the way for much bolder, more devastating attacks in the future. KDC Resource are expert recruiters of technical and engineering talent into the Cyber Security sector. If you are looking for a new role click here to view our vacancies or upload your CV today. 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Air Efficiency Concepts
The Flying V – that we wrote about here – is a dramatic design intended to tackle the major issues facing the aerospace industry. The need for high capacity aircraft, with low operational costs, that consume less fuel and reduce emissions. This is especially challenging when you consider that – usually – when you make something bigger, in order to carry more people or cargo, it gets heavier. Which uses more fuel and increases emissions. So, essentially the airlines are asking the impossible. But when has the impossible ever stopped an engineer? Aerospace companies around the world are working hard to devise new aircraft that can meet those needs and fit within the existing infrastructure of airports. Here are some of our favourites: Aurora Flight Sciences D8 You’d be forgiven for thinking Aurora Flight’s D8 is some kind of seafaring creature, or more at home in a cult science fiction franchise set in a galaxy far far away. The ‘double bubble’ fuselage is quite alien compared to the more traditional craft. However, the wider fuselage allows a smaller, lower drag wing and tail. Developed in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the D8 has boundary-layer-ingestion (BLI) propulsion. This new technology could reduce fuel burn by 8.5% and works by positioning the engines closer to the fuselage to take in the slower moving boundary-layer of air that flows around the aircraft. Using slower air means the engine doesn’t have to work, allowing a lower fuel burn. The engines are embedded in the top of the aft fuselage where they ingest the boundary layer and reenergize the wake to reduce drag. But wake-filling propulsion requires distortion-tolerant fans to cope with the turbulent air entering the engines. The non-circular, dual lobe cabin, will provide a twin-aisle layout but the fuselage cross-section requires a unique composite structure which could make it expensive to produce. It’s also not clear if Aurora is still developing the craft as NASA’s funding for the project stopped at the end of 2018 and the D8 page has been removed from Aurora’s site. Whether or not the plane has been scrapped, the design is one worth pursuing. Onera Nova Onera clearly agrees as their own experimental aircraft – the Nova – is inspired by the D8’s distinctive design. With a more pronounced nose, it has the profile of a mink whale and has a similar wide lifting fuselage and BLI propulsion. Whereas the D8’s engines are mounted on the aft of the plane, the Nova’s are embedded inside the rear fuselage, with inlets on the sides rather than the top, where they ingest 40% of the fuselage boundary layer. The aircraft is being designed to carry 180 passengers over 3,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 – or 652 miles per hour. Almost 100 miles an hour faster than current designs, it also has a comparable range to the Boeing 737-800. With far lower fuel consumption. Unlike the D8 it has downward facing winglets for improved stability and a standard T-tail over the weight reducing pi tail. Airbus Nautilius The Nautilius concept is almost an evolution of the Nova and the D8. Airbus’ concept is significantly larger with the fuselage narrowing to two stings on which the nacelles are mounted. The intention being is to maximize ingestion of the fuselage boundary layer while minimizing azimuthal distortion of flow into the fans. Driven by gas turbines or electric motors installed upstream of these propulsors, the fans ingest 100% of the fuselage boundary layer with minimum distortion, maximizing the drag saving. Airbus have been experimenting with some fairly cutting-edge designs for years. In 2010 they raised eyebrows with a concept with peculiar shaped wings and engines that were fully integrated into the fuselage. They also patented a design of plane in which the passenger compartment was a separate entity to the plane itself. The idea being the passenger compartment could be lifted out and ‘docked’ with the terminal, allowing the plane to be moved to the next, ready for a fresh compartment to be lowered into place. The compartment could also be ejected in the event of critical system failure or hijacking. It’s unlikely that these features will make it into an aircraft any time soon, however. Wright Electric M-Star Representing the electric future of commercial flight, Wright Electric is developing a 180-seat electric airliner for short routes such as London-Paris. The distinctive M shaped wing assembly – upon which is mounted arrays of electric fans gives it a distinctive and ‘near-future’ look that will appeal to airlines and passengers alike. It also sports a V-tail with a third bank of electric fans situated between for additional thrust and boundary layer ingestion to reduce drag. Wright Electric is working exclusively with budget UK airline EasyJet currently but – if the aircraft is successful – it’s hard to see that exclusivity lasting long. Even if Wright Electric produce a variant for general sale. The current range of the M-Star sits around 310 miles making it ideal for use across Europe. EasyJet expect the M-Star to start flying their London to Amsterdam service. As their second busiest route this would make a huge difference in terms of reducing emissions. What isn’t clear is how long the M-Star would take to recharge and what adverse weather could do to the range. Onera Dragon The Dragon concept – according to Onera – is an answer to the standards imposed by Europe and to meet the challenges associated with fuel consumption and emissions. Under Europe’s Clean Sky 2 aeronautics research program, Onera has developed the Dragon concept which features distributed hybrid-electric propulsion. By using 20 electric ducted fans under each wing, the Dragon can carry 150 passengers at Mach 0.8. The positioning of the fans along the trailing edge avoids interference with airflow over the wing and increasing transonic drag. The fans are powered by two turbo-generators mounted on the rear fuselage, burning kerosene to generate the electricity needed to power the fans. Blowing the fan exhaust over small wing trailing-edge flaps provides high lift for take-off and landing. This hybrid design would reduce fuel consumption by 25% for an 870-mile flight. So – if this design could be scaled up – on long distance flights the fuel, emission and cost reductions would be significant. It’s reasonable to assume that not all these designs will make it into production. At least not in their current forms. But, whether it’s the Flying-V, the D8 or the Dragon – or all of them – the next few years could see some incredibly designed aircraft taking to the skies. 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