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Test Engineer (Seat Test)

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About us 

Martin-Baker is the world's leading manufacturer of ejection seats and related equipment.

It is the only company that can offer a fully integrated escape system that satisfies the very latest in pilot operational capability and safety standards. Martin-Baker offers a complete 'end-to-end service’, from helping the customer to establish operational safety and escape requirements, including design, development and qualification, to on-going support throughout the entire service life of the aircraft.

Job description 

We have a vacancy for a Test Engineer working in the Seat Test department at our Denham site. The role holder will be required to work on various development and qualification test programmes, including the preparation and conduct of tests and the subsequent data reduction, analysis and reporting. The successful candidate will be based at Denham but will be required to attend tests at both Chalgrove and Langford Lodge. Attendance at other external test sites may also be necessary.

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An overview of our engineering expertise at Martin-Baker.

Area of responsibility

  • Preparation of ejection seat Programme Plans, Test Plans, Test Instructions, Test Check Lists and assistance with Seat Arming Schedules.
  • Coordinate and supervise ejection seat tests, delivering briefing to all parties.
  • Evaluate post Test data, through reduction analysis and interpretation of seat instrumentation data and develop simple analysis tools.
  • Evaluate post Test data, through reduction analysis and interpretation of photographic data and develop simple analysis tools.
  • Prepare and issue Flash Reports for review by customer(s) and MBA.
  • Prepare and issue full Test Report for review by customer(s) and MBA.
  • Develop theoretical study into seat performance.
  • Conduct detailed analysis of any failure encountered during Test.
  • Advise internal and external customers/suppliers/partners etc. on Test queries.
  • Advise customers, government authorities (US Government, MOD etc.) and suppliers on technical matters related to Testing.
  • Develop Test Programme Plan.

Education & Qualifications

  • Degree in Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering or equivalent.


  • Highly developed communication skills: able to communicate verbally, in presentation format and in writing at senior level; able to develop links with other technical specialists within the business.
  • Data analysis skills.
  • Advanced Excel, standard Word and Powerpoint. User knowledge of SAP and Access. Basic macro writing skills.

Person Specification:

  • Attention to Detail – thorough, accurate and concern for all the areas involved.
  • Drive to achieve results - sets own standards, checks own work, and demonstrates a positive approach
  • Judgement and decision making - evaluates key decision making criteria
  • Planning and organising - organises work of self and others
  • Analysis and problem solving - sees basic relationships and reacts positively
  • Working collaboratively - actively contributes to achieve organisational objectives
  • Professional/Technical Expertise - uses technical and professional knowledge, skills and judgment effectively.
  • Initiative - acts on various methods and strategies for solving problems and meeting objectives before being asked or required to do so.
  • Valuing Diversity - creates an atmosphere of valuing and accepting others
  • Change - responds positively to change
  • Managing People - develops and uses effective strategies, change management and interpersonal skills to influence others toward the accomplishment of identified objectives.

Knowledge & Experience 

The ideal applicant will have:

  • Experience in developing and managing test programmes.
  • Experience of conducting successful seat tests, and producing reports and technical data.
  • In depth knowledge and use of Test and Measurement Instrumentation, and associated test equipment.
  • Thorough grounding in Health and Safety relating to test environment.
  • Some familiarity with people management.

For all successful candidates, Martin-Baker will undertake background security checks. As part of this, we will need to confirm your identity, employment history and address history to cover the past five years as well as your nationality, immigration status and criminal record. For positions that require Security Clearance, the successful candidate must hold or be willing to obtain security clearance up to the relevant level for the role.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: SETEEN0819

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Denham, Middlesex
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aeronautics
  • Mechanical

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