Power Systems Engineer

Power Systems Engineer

Job Title: Power Systems Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Harwell
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2019-05-31
Reference: J140659
Contact Name: Paul Lathbury
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Job Published: May 31, 2019 15:48

Job Description

KDC are looking for an experienced and motivated Power Systems Engineer for a role based in Harwell. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic and rapidly growing company seeking to make a positive contribution to the growing problem of orbital debris that endangers mankind's continued use of space as an asset. This role will allow the right candidate to shape solutions for missions. Whilst the candidate will primarily work in the UK, they will interact extensively with a larger team in Japan and may expect to be required to travel to Tokyo as needed in support of projects and operations.

• Lead development and design activities for Power sub-systems on spacecraft:
oderive and maintain sub-system requirements
odefine and develop sub-system architecture
operform trade-off analysis of hardware & software solutions
odeveloping power budgets
odefine FMECA and FDIR processes
• Coordinate with other teams at sub-system and at system level to define ConOps, ICDs, development and verification plans.
• Plan, prepare, and conduct sub-systems and system level verification tests, including environmental testing.
• Interact with partners and suppliers for the provision of power system equipment. Support procurement engineers with specification, trade-off and selection of power system equipment.
• Participate in review of the deliverables in support of the project milestones.

Essential Skills & Experience
• Diploma; bachelor or master's degree in electrical engineering or relevant engineering/science discipline.
• 5+ years of commercial experience of designing and testing power subsystems for satellites.
• Understanding of solar panel specification, manufacturing process, handling and testing.
• Experience sizing, procuring, testing and integrating satellite batteries and an awareness the storage & handling requirements for batteries.
• Experience in constructing grounding philosophies and grounding diagrams for spacecraft architectures.
• Experience of designing and testing EGSE for the purposes of powering the satellite during the AIT phase.
• Good understanding of spacecraft mission lifecycle and milestones (e.g. MDR, PDR, CDR, etc).
• Good understanding of system engineering & managing requirements through the full project lifecycle.

Desired Skills & Experience
• Demonstrable experience of spacecraft design lifecycle at all stages from initial concept to design, test, and operations.
• Operational experience of power systems on spacecraft missions.
• Experience of analysis radiation tolerances and knowledge of radiation hardness assurance for Low Earth Orbit applications.
• Whilst the working language is English, proficiency in spoken and/or written Japanese would be considered an asset.

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