Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Test Engineer


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Do you want to work on real-time projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company?

Leonardo’s Graduate Programme develops promising young graduates into engineers and business professionals of the future.

The opportunity:

Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. We are globally renowned and are continually expanding, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of our technology. With the majority of our engineers having chartered status, you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals that are passionate about their work.

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Our 2 year Graduate Programme

On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will unlock a wealth of development opportunities and further learning. You will receive mentoring, coaching and support to achieve your personal goals and accreditation from your professional body.

At Leonardo, we have some of the Industry’s most sophisticated technology at our fingertips, and we rely on having the very best employees to maintain our competitive edge. As one of our graduates, you will be working for a company at the cutting edge of technology, as well as enhancing your skills and business acumen, opening up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your degree can be used.

We have created a programme across our UK sites that value those who continuously ask questions and look to resolve problems through creative and innovative thinking. We will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges.

Job Description

Leonardo are looking for an applicant with energy and enthusiasm to join its team of Test Engineers within its Infrared Detectors business based at Southampton. The Infrared Detectors business develops and manufactures some of the most advanced infrared imaging detectors and single element pyroelectric detectors in the world.

The Test Engineering group and its Engineers are responsible for developing and maintaining test equipment used to characterise and test our infrared detector products in both production and in development phases. As such, Test Engineers play a key role in proving that our products meet the technical specifications required of them.

Key Responsibility Areas

When working as a Graduate Test Engineer, you will be responsible for maintaining some of our production test systems, ensuring that they are operating normally and are available with a high level of reliability. When issues arise with the test equipment, a key responsibility of your role will be to identify the problems and to plan repairs or changes so that the equipment can be made available again. This will involve working with other Engineers in team as required who will have specific experience in disciplines such as the electronics hardware design, firmware, or software.

As well as supporting existing production test equipment, you will also get the opportunity to work as part of a team developing new test solutions for new products. Here you will work with the product design team to understand the requirements on the product itself, and then to work on developing the requirements of the test solution that will be created to test the new product.

Through the role you will be able to develop experience of formal test processes used within the defence and space industry so that product qualification programmes can be planned and executed. This will give you the opportunity to conduct environmental testing (e.g. temperature cycling, mechanical vibration and shock) on new products, and to contribute to the formal design qualification reports for those products.

The role in Test Engineering covers a range of disciplines and so candidates that enjoy both laboratory based work and office based data analysis will find the role rewarding. The role involves a great deal of team working and as such, candidates who enjoy working with others and who have strong written and verbal communication skills will find the role enjoyable. Problem solving is also a key skill within the role, and so if you have proven ability to solve problems, perhaps in final year projects, or in laboratory testing, that will give you a good foundation for the role.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

  • All of our roles require (a) a minimum of an upper Second class Bachelors/Integrated Masters degree, or (b) a higher degree, such as a MSc or PhD. In all cases the subject should be Electronics Engineering, Physics or another relevant discipline.A candidate with experience in working with or developing data acquisition equipment will be well suited to the role. In addition, experience with using or developing Labview is beneficial, although not critical.
  • Any experience in working with vacuum systems or with cryogenics will be an advantage as much of the testing is done using these tools.
  • Some knowledge of infrared physics and electro-optic detectors would be ideal, but a passion for learning about new products and technologies will be a key part to your success in this role on our graduate programme.
  • Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business.

What’s in it for me?

Leonardo values its people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary & welcome bonus


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 000993
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Opportunity Overview

  • March 30th, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Southampton
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Electronic
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Science

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