Graduate Opportunity

Flight Simulator Operator

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Thales people architect solutions that are relied upon to deliver operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defensive systems for land, sea, and air. From early warning, to threat neutralisation, our platforms cover all levels from very short-range systems, to extended protection across the entire battle-space including Air Traffic Management, Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Missile Defence, Optronics, and Radar.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our Land and Air Systems (LAS) Aquila Air Traffic Management Services (ATMS) business unit as an Aquila Flight Simulator Operator.

Located at the Defence College of Air and Space Operations at RAF Shawbury the AQUILA Flight Simulator Operator supports the School of Air Operations Control in delivering quality Air Traffic Controllers for the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Foreign and Commonwealth personnel. Within Air Traffic simulators the Flight Simulator Operator (FSO) creates realistic Air Traffic Management scenarios through effective operation of PC based simulators.

Thales - Who are We?

Together, we clarify the confoundingly complicated problems our customers face across the realms of engineering and technology. So whether you’re a graduate or undergraduate, join us. Because together, we are Thales.

Key responsibilities and tasks:

  • Create realistic Air Traffic scenarios in the simulator environment.
  • Follow instructions and accurately input data as requested by trainee Air Traffic Controllers.
  • Maintain effective communications with FSO staff and the School of Air Operations Control staff.
  • Work as part of a team with a high dependency on effective liaison and planning.
  • Ensure disciplinary matters are brought to the attention of the Flight Simulator Operator Manager.

Skills, experience & qualifications

  • Be an articulate and effective communicator in the English language (the international Air Traffic language).
  • Ability to multi task.
  • Able to use initiative and solve problems in a timely manner.
  • Enthusiastic with a willingness and aptitude to learn.
  • Willingness to undergo Security Clearance.
  • Computer literate.
  • Reliable with excellent time-management skills.
  • Strong customer and delivery focus with dedication to the teamwork whilst following instructions accurately.

Air Traffic Management knowledge will be delivered to the successful candidate over a 16-week training course. Successful completion of this period is required to confirm continued employment in the FSO role. Please note this isn’t a technical position.

This vacancy also requires the individual to be able to obtain full Security Clearance (SC).

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Shropshire (West Midlands)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Avionics
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Software
  • Systems

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