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Systems engineers

We are currently recruiting experienced engineers in both Manchester and Bristol to support our increasing work with a range of high-profile clients in the aviation sector, and beyond.

WEC is a small but dynamic and growing company with a proud heritage firmly rooted in the British aerospace industry; our engineers have helped to shape the systems of some of the world’s most iconic aircraft from Concorde to the A350.

As we enter our second decade, our sights are set on broader horizons. We are looking for talented, flexible and enthusiastic engineers, from a range of sectors and backgrounds, to help us to continue to delight our existing customers, and deliver effective solutions to new ones.

We believe that engineering is a mindset, and that engineering skills are inherently transferable. Whether your experience is rooted in the automotive, wind, nuclear, rail—or of course aerospace—industry, we’re interested in hearing from you.

The role

Successful candidates will be responsible for managing systems integration tasks in line with company and customer quality standards. Candidates must be proactive, organised, and capable of providing both technical management and inputs into effective project management. Activities undertaken may include:

  • Requirements management (Verification & Validation)
  • Systems safety analysis
  • Conducting architecture studies
  • Coordinating and supporting systems testing
  • Certification and qualification activities
  • Providing in-service support
  • Designing and coordinating modifications
  • Conducting root cause investigations
  • Data analysis and systems modelling

Essential knowledge & experience

  • A degree in Engineering or similar education in a relevant field of studies
  • Experience of working in a safety critical industry
  • Experience of working in accordance with ISO9001/AS9100 or equivalent
  • Experience of working for/with an Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • Experience of control & indication, electrical, fluid-mechanical, safety or electrical systems engineering
  • Knowledge of V&V process

Desirable knowledge & experience

  • Chartered Engineer status
  • Experience of using modelling software packages, such as MatLab/Simulink & Flowmaster
  • Experience of using DOORS
  • Experience of system safety analysis & software e.g. Fault Tree
  • Knowledge of industry standards or design requirements
  • Knowledge of fuel, power or energy systems
  • Knowledge of aircraft systems

Salary & benefits

Starting salary of £30,000 – 46,000 DOE

In addition to the usual perks, we pride ourselves in providing a friendly and supportive working environment. In addition to this, we wish to provide our employees with a good work life balance by offering:

  • Flexible start and finish times
  • Time off in lieu of overtime
  • Extremely generous holiday allowance: 29 days’ equivalent plus bank holidays

Graduate programme

September 2020

Our graduate programme extends over two years and is initially based at our South Manchester office. We aim to provide graduates with a broad variety of work, which can be expected to include placements at our Bristol office and possibly at other customers’ sites. There will be some travel within the UK and occasionally abroad.

After an orientation period, our graduates are placed within a team of engineers, and start to contribute to live jobs. This allows the valuable skills learnt in a lecture theatre to be bolstered by an understanding of the practical elements involved in being a systems engineer. We will help you to hone your report writing and presentation skills, and further develop your use of IT. As well as working with standard Microsoft Office packages, graduates will also have the chance to work with specialist software, such as MatLab and Flowmaster.

Once you are comfortable with our ways of working and customer products, training will be largely ‘on the job’, with additional support provided as required. We find that often the most helpful support is often the informal stuff, like asking one of your colleagues to spend some time explaining a tricky concept, or where to find a certain document. At WEC all engineers are encouraged to take time out of their day to help each other; it’s part of what makes us a great team.

In addition to the informal support, your development needs will be identified through regular appraisals, which provide us a forum to provide you with feedback and also enable us to identify longer term goals together and help us to help you to satisfy your aspirations. All employees are encouraged to strive for continuous professional development and we are committed to supporting all staff through the chartership process.

At the end of the two year programme, we aim to place our graduates within one of our engineering teams, where they will find that their career progression is limited only by the rate at which their capabilities develop.

To apply, please fill in our online application form (opens in new tab).

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2020. We cannot guarantee that applications that reach us after this deadline will be considered.


For more information about any of these vacancies, please email recruit@wecuk.com

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