Graduate Mechanical Engineer – RAL Space (IRC241061)


STFC’s award winning graduate scheme offers structured training, a real job with real responsibilities from day one and a direct route to professional accreditation. It will allow you to use your degree in a dynamic, creative and collaborative culture.

RAL Space Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory develops space instruments and ground-based astronomy instruments for agencies including ESA, NASA and ESO and other commercial customers. The Mechanical Engineering Group (MEG) within the Department requires a graduate mechanical engineer to join the team of engineers working on a number of different projects.

Summary of key duties

The role of a mechanical engineer within RAL Space involves:

  • Design of space and ground-based hardware plus associated test equipment from concept through to production, testing and delivery
  • Supervision of the mechanical aspects of assembly, integration and testing, taking a hands-on approach where appropriate
  • Contribution to the creation of proposals for new projects with conceptual CAD models, analyses, cost, mass and schedule estimates.

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As a Graduate Mechanical Engineer you will be enrolled on the IMechE MPDS, with the aim of achieving C.Eng. status. You will be given technical and non-technical training appropriate to your previous experience, the requirements of the work and of the MPDS.


The responsibilities of a Graduate Mechanical Engineer will rapidly increase as your experience grows. Depending on the projects you are involved with, these responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring that the mechanical designs meet the requirements, through analysis and test
  • Generating documentation to demonstrate compliance with requirements and presentation of designs and results at project reviews
  • Producing accurate detailed drawings for parts and assemblies to enable manufacture and assembly
  • Supervising the procurement of mechanical parts
  • Management of the mechanical tasks to ensure the work meets the technical requirements and is completed within schedule and budget constraints.

Experience, knowledge, skills required:

  • Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering (or similar subject) – predicted 2:1 or above. A degree which includes aspects of space, vacuum or cryogenic engineering would be desirable
  • Degree course(s) accredited by IMechE as acceptable for C.Eng. status without further study
  • A-level (or equivalent) Mathematics and Physics at Grade B or above
  • Practical design and analysis experience, ideally resulting in the manufacture and test of your design
  • Use of 2D- and 3D-CAD and FEA tools (SolidEdge and ANSYS preferred).

Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: May 29, 2017
  • Salary: £26,297
  • Minimum Degree: 2:1
  • Type of Degree: Masters
  • Location: Didcot
  • Region: London and South East
  • Type: Graduate Programme

Disciplines accepted...

  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Science

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