Payload Mechanical & Thermal Systems Engineer

Publish Date
14 Mar 2018
Airbus Defence and Space
Portsmouth GBR
Reference Code
10387056 AJ EN EXT 2
Interest Group
Professional staff - engineer
Functional Area
Mechanics & Mechatronics
Contract Type
Permanent contract
Working Time
Full time
Work Experience
Not specified

Payload Mechanical & Thermal Systems Engineer

Airbus Defence and Space Portsmouth

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Description of the job

A vacancy for a Payload Mechanical & Thermal Systems Engineer has arisen within Airbus Defence & Space in Portsmouth.

An experienced mechanical systems engineer is required to undertake the mechanical /thermal systems engineering tasks on communications payloads, encompassing mechanical configuration, structural design and analysis, specification and definition of hardware, support to payload integration, test and validation and liaison with customer representatives.

Suitable candidates will have:

  • A methodical approach to work, with sufficient commitment and drive complete tasks, even where adverse conditions are encountered
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience of working directly with customers and with the ability to present ideas and concepts to the customer with authority.
  • Ability to efficiently organise and co-ordinate their work.
  • Ability to generate innovative solutions and to communicate them.
  • A willingness to travel overseas
  • Experience of/familiarity with PDM and MRP/ERP systems
  • Team player, well organised, communicative and determined, with the ability to work on their own initiative

Tasks & accountabilities

Your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

Specific tasks in the mechanical engineering domain are likely to include:

  • Participation in communication payload proposals/studies
  • Communications system/payload requirements analysis
  • Support trade-offs of payload architectures and interfaces
  • Present design solutions to peers and manager.
  • Influence and justify design as appropriate Communications payload mechanical system configuration
  • Analysis and structural design/verification of payload hardware sub systems or assemblies
  • Support to equipment specification development
  • Design review of payload equipment designs and interfaces
  • Support to validation and test strategy development and specification
  • Support to payload integration/test Liaison with customer representatives and participation in design reviews and meetings.
  • Endorse all aspects of payload mechanical and thermal design.

Required skills

We are looking for candidates with the following skills and experience:

Qualifications and/or Skills

  • Engineering / Mechanical Engineering degree or equivalent


  • A proven track record and solid experience in mechanical engineering within the aerospace, defence or avionics industries
  • Experience in a complex systems environment
  • Ideally experience in spacecraft or payload mechanical/thermal systems engineering or similar
  • Knowledge or experience in Telecom Payload AIT activities (mechanical aspects) or design
  • Knowledge or experience in either mechanical or thermal analysis


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