- Mechanical Design Engineer
Are you a Mechanical Design Engineer? Are you interested in a working for a well-established DOA? If so, we may have the right opportunity for you! Our client based across the south are looking for Mechanical Design Engineers to join their team. They are a Part21J approved Design Organisation that provide installations and modifications across a variety of aircraft including small and large, fixed and rotary wing. The successful candidate will be responsible for design, certification and project management activities. Roles and Responsibilities: • Preparation of design documents, design drawings and CAD models • Checking drawings and/or documents • Liaison with customers to address design requirements/delivery dates/queries. • Assisting with customers quotations where requested • Adhering to project timescales/time management of own projects • Represents the DOA to customers and regulatory agencies within the mechanical design area of expertise • Peer group training e.g. mentoring new staff, developing existing staff knowledge • Addressing in-service difficulty reports/design queries after completion of a design The successful candidate will have the following experience: • Create concepts and produce designs schemes for the mechanical design element required to meet the customer requirements. • Produce preliminary and detailed mechanical designs • Compiling / checking substantiation reports • Compiling / checking test plans and report reports • Reviewing equipment approvals, e.g. TSO, ETSO • Compiling / checking weight and balance schedule amendment instructions Keywords: CS23, CS25, CS27, CS29, Mechanical, Design, Mechanical Design, Part 21J, Part21J, Subpart J, DOA, Aerospace, Aviation, Defence Candidates need to have the ability to gain SC clearance. For more information click apply.Read more
- Project Manager – Building & Construction
KDC Resource are working with a leading OEM who are seeking an Project manager to take full & direct responsibility of projects being delivered on time, on cost & on quality and the supervision and spot checks of construction projects. This role is based in Broughton. General Responsibilities ·Project management of suitable projects through application of the Project Management Procedures and tools ·Co-ordinating the detailed design of Buildings and infrastructure for a range of projects including but not limited to major plant construction, replacement and refurbishment works ·Be conversant with the associated maintenance and operation of engineering services ·Application of industry standards of design and software to develop specifications for tender ·Liaising with clients, architects and other design team members to gain the optimum solution for the client's needs and best value ·Develop and maintain excellent client and inter MFT relationships ·Monitoring of installation works on site and observance of technical compliance and Health and Safety team matters ·Audits on process and procedures within the Building and Construction work environment ·Takes responsibilities for overall progress of projects and use the necessary resources to prepare reports and initiates corrective actions where necessary to assure the overall direction and integrity of the projects is achieved ·Full communication of relevant projects to ensure topicality to all project stakeholders and site Communications teams ·Ensure Multi-Functional Teams operate effectively, with regular reviews, and that minutes and actions communicated appropriately ·Prepare the End of Project Report (Project Operation Readiness Review) using all required information and data for this obligation ·Advise the team leader of any deviations from plan and recommend corrective action and help prepare any appropriate customer protection as required ·Identify all project risks and manage the development and delivery of any mitigation plans to protect the customer and other stakeholders through Risk Register management ·Identify and request any support and advice that is required for the management, planning and control of a project ·Maintain effective records and control of documentation using the relevant processes and tools. Ensure the ongoing topicality and relevance of team files or folders in the local community area Specific Responsibilities ·Liaise with the project team members to ensure compliance to SQCDP (Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery, People) Target Conditions ·Ensure all project issues are properly reported via escalations to the Team Leader and reported back through the SQCDP (Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery, People) start of shift ·Engage in the undertaking of building condition and service delivery surveys to support future investment planning that maintains site development and life cycle forecasting ·Be responsible for change / variation process control and liaise with QS and team members to ensure compliance to the approved budget and specification to secure and optimize the commercial position of Airbus ·Develop business cases with full cost benefit analysis to enable an unambiguous request for funding ·Undertake a Lessons Learnt workshop with the team when the project fails to meet the agreed standards or target conditions or when specific needs ariseRead more
- Airworthiness Engineer
KDC are working with a leading Aerospace and Defence company on the South coast who are seeking an Airworthiness Engineer to join their team on a permanent basis. As a key team member of the Airworthiness team, you will liaise with the Integrated Project Teams, Product Design and Production areas to ensure that equipment design is 'fit for operational use in the air'. You will be required to apply Airworthiness governance from the start of the design lifecycle stage through to maintaining continued Airworthiness in-service to ensure that appropriate considerations have been made and that specific customer/legislative requirements have been met. As an Airworthiness Engineer your main responsibilities will involve: • Provide airworthiness assessments to support and guide design development, modification and equipment failure investigation. Assist in the development and delivery of the Engineering Airworthiness capability, including maintenance and update of company control procedures. • Undertake shop floor audits to measure as built hardware standard' against as certified design standard'. • Provide airworthiness support (assessment/author) and DDP certification to support airworthiness of equipment designs. • Generate Occurrence Reports to MAA/CAA/FAA/etc as appropriate • Undertake audit of Quality Management and airworthiness management systems. The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualifications: • Design Certification experience within a Part 21 Aerospace organisation. • Reporting and working to aerospace standards including MAA/CAA/FAA and Part 145. • Professional registration (e.g. CEng/ IEng) or desire to progress to this level of qualification. • Product design background within an Aerospace organisation. • Previous OEM aircraft operations experience. • Aircraft Safety knowledge • Previous Stakeholder managementRead more
- Airworthiness Design Engineer
Do you have a background in Airworthiness Design? Would you like to work for a well established DOA? Then this could be for you! KDC are working with a Part 21J approved Design Organisation based in the South that provide installations and modifications across a variety of aircraft including small and large, fixed and rotary wing. They are currently seeking an Airworthiness Design Engineer to join their team to be responsible for airworthiness and certification activities. Main Responsibilities: • Preparation of design certification documents • Liaison with customers to address design requirements/delivery dates/queries • Checking design certification documents • Maintaining an awareness of current aeronautical practices/issues • Ensuring that all design procedures are adhered to • Participating with Regulatory audits as required • Assist in the developing internal procedures and processes • Assist in the approval of external testing facilities • Peer group training, e.g. mentoring new staff, developing existing staff knowledge • Liaison with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) or tasked National Aviation Authority (NAA) Detailed requirements for the position: • Reviewing and defining aircraft certification basis • Compiling / checking certification documents e.g Compliance Checklist and Compliance Checklist • Compiling / checking test plans, witness testing and compiling test reports • Reviewing equipment approvals, e.g. TSO, ETSO • Compiling / checking Equipment Approval Reports Keywords: Airworthiness, Design, Aerospace, Aviation, Defence, Part 21J, EASA, Part 21 J, Subpart J, CertificationRead more
- Avionics Design Engineer
Do you have a background in Avionics? Would you like to work for a well established DOA? Then this could be for you! KDC are working with a Part 21J approved Design Organisation based in the South that provide installations and modifications across a variety of aircraft including small and large, fixed and rotary wing. They are currently seeking an Avionics/Electrical Design Engineer to join their team to be responsible for design and certification activities. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Preparation of design documents & design drawings • Checking drawings and/or documents • Liaison with customers to address design requirements/delivery dates/queries • Assisting with customer quotations where requested • Adhering to project timescales/time management of own projects • Represents the DOA to customers and regulatory agencies within the avionics/electrical area of expertise • Peer group training, e.g. mentoring new staff, developing existing staff knowledge • Addressing in-service difficulty reports/design queries after completion of a design The successful candidate will have the following experience: • Create concepts and produce design schemes for the Avionic / Electrical systems required to meet the customer requirements • Produce Avionics / electrical design and documentation, including but not limited to: • Assist in the creation of certification documentation • Compiling / checking electrical load analysis • Reviewing equipment approvals, e.g. TSO, ETSO • Compiling / checking EMC/ HIRF testing/ documentationRead more
- Structural Design Engineer
Do you have a background in Aerospace Structural Design? Would you like to work for a well established DOA? Then this could be for you! KDC are working with a Part 21J approved Design Organisation based in the South that provide installations and modifications across a variety of aircraft including small and large, fixed and rotary wing. They are currently seeking a Structural Design Engineer to join their team to be responsible for design, certification and project management activities. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to: Preparation of structural documents (e.g. substantiation reports) Adhering to project timescales/time management of own projects Addressing in-service difficulty reports/design queries after completion of a design Providing on-site assistance to aircraft surveys or aircraft maintenance staff Maintaining an awareness of current aeronautical practices/issues Continued professional development: attending training courses, seminars, etc. Peer group training, e.g. mentoring new staff, developing existing staff knowledge The successful candidate will have the following experience: Compiling / checking substantiation reports (including stress analysis) Compiling / checking test plans and reports Reviewing equipment approvals, e.g. TSO, ETSO Compiling / checking weight and balance schedule amendment instructions Competent user of Office programs, e.g. Word, Excel Knowledge of stress corrosion and SCC Knowledge of design assurance requirements of EASA Part 21J Knowledge of airworthiness requirements, e.g. CS/Part-25 Knowledge or use of calculation program, e.g. MathcadRead more
- Project manager
Project Manager based in Seville, Spain, Airbus FAL facilities. He/she will be responsible for managing the Cobham Area in the customer FAL. The role will report directly to the IPT management. Main tasks: - Organize and optimize the reserved area o perform 5S in the area o planning the best way to organize the available space o Planning directly on site with the customer for meeting short, medium and long term needs in term of incoming/outgoing items in/out the area - Consumable and Spare stock management o Manage both Airbus and Cobham stocks in place: stock levels, replacements etc. o Constantly in collaboration with the customer, at Program Mgt. level, participating to shop floor panels, meetings etc. for implementing plans based on customer needs. o Reporting customer needs on regular basis internally in Cobham to the IPT. - Management of the entire logistical flow including ordering, dispatch, pick up and expedition of the damaged parts. - Tooling management: o Coordinate the assignment of tooling and AGEs to FAL and FTC (Flight Test Centre), taking responsibility for the shipping and return of the means. o Maintenance of tooling in good state for the use in the FTC and FAL. Secure calibration, labelling and availability for interventions, including looking for alternative solutions in case of clash. o Local endorsement, correction of quality issue or working party: release COC post intervention and issue any copy of quality documentation as COC, log Cards or Yellow Tag having access to Cobham's Quality System from Seville. - Candidate profile: o Spanish national (preferred) o Fluent in English o Aerospace background o Permanent full time equivalent (FTE) - Timescale: o Initial 3 year support period with a possible extension for a further 3 years. - Travel & Subsistence: o Cost for candidate to come to Wimborne for 1 week for induction training. o Annual cost for candidate to come to Wimborne each year for 1 week for training. - Project manager cover: o Cost for additional cover for when PM is away training or annual leave.Read more
- 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
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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.