Test and Electronics Specialist

The Applied Technologies Group in Reaction Engines Ltd is looking for an enthusiastic Skilled Electric/Electronics applicant to support a key area in the core of our Department. If successful, they will work within a small team that will take blue sky research from our R&D group and validate and optimise it, so that our production team may manufacture the latest tech developments on a pilot scale. We are looking for someone who is highly self-motivated and confident in taking the lead. As a Technical Specialist in this area you will help to provide a high-quality, professional service to staff across your own work area and the wider company - contributing to a range of tasks including diagnosing and solving technical problems, electric/electronic test rig design/assembly including managing safety checks and test measurement. The role will require the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, undertaking work both proactively and reactively across REL.

The role will undertake varied and interesting engineering duties and will:

  • Set up and be autonomous in the electronic design of digital and analogue circuitry.

  • Assist with the build of precision prototype parts.

  • Assist in the design and development, and lead in the maintenance and improvement, of bespoke test equipment.

  • Write Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for test equipment use

  • Run experiments, then collect and collate test data (with training, supervision and assistance)

Skills, knowledge and experience required 

You will have a minimum HNC/HND or equivalent in electronics or other relevant subject or substantial work experience in a similar role.

You will have significant experience of electrical/electronic engineering in a multi-disciplinary laboratory workshop(s) and will have a high level of accuracy, flexibility and dependability. Both University and industrial experience is sought after. You should have a good understanding of health and safety requirements and good communication skills.

  • Confident in an electrical/mechanical workshop; knowledge of electronic/electrical processes and electrical testing

  • Proficient in electro-mechanical assembly, hand PCB fabrication (SMT & through board) and electrical test (AOI & ICT)

  • Soldering including through-hole and SMT

  • Experienced in design, build and installing of test equipment and PLC’s

  • Fault-finding and repair with use of diagnostic equipment including power supplies, signal generators, oscilloscopes, soldering irons and small hand tools

Any experimental testing, logging or Labview experience is desirable, but training will be given. Knowledge of microfluidics, etching, nanotechnology and clean room would be advantageous. Commitment

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with Reaction Engines' core values:

  • Commitment

  • Innovation

  • Trust

  • Quality 

  • Teamwork

Please send your Curriculum Vitae and covering letter to Recruitment@reactionengines.co.uk quoting reference “Test and Electronics Specialist”.

Reward: Competitive salary, excellent company benefits

Contract Type: Permanent Contract

Please state your salary expectation. 

For all successful candidates, Reaction Engines 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.


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