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AIT Lead Engineer

E-Solutions IT Services UK Ltd

Posted on Apr 24, 2023 by E-Solutions IT Services UK Ltd

Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

All phases of planning, control and execution of Payload or Spacecraft level AIT & EVT activities during the mission ground test phase.

Key Purpose of Job

  • Working as part of the spacecraft mission team to progress the Spacecraft or Payload through the in house Assembly, Integration & Test process and external Environmental Test Phase.

Key Tasks

  • Work as a key member of the Core Project team, with the Project manager, AIT Manager and Systems Engineer to deliver fully tested payload and spacecraft.
  • Manage test operators and responsible engineers activities on the payload or spacecraft in line with system level schedules and requirements, deputising these roles when required
  • Provide documentation and present at design, test and project reviews for both internal and external audiences
  • Support upcoming bids and proposals
  • Facilitate and schedule for core AIT support equipments
  • Electrical Ground Support Equipment
  • Mechanical Ground Support Equipment
  • Test equipment definition
  • Spacecraft and payload harness definition
  • Ground Test cable definition
  • Facilitate and schedule all AIT and EVT phase activities
  • AIT Unit Integration and Test
  • AIT System Integration and Test
  • EVT test campaigns and logistics


  • Test Plans flowing down from system level requirements
  • Unit level integration and testing plans at system level
  • System and subsystem level Integration & Testing plans
  • Test procedures flowing down from test plans and traceable to system level requirements
  • Oversee and participate in system level testing
  • Act as an expert spacecraft system operator
  • Ensure SSTL engineering policies and practices are implemented on the project.
  • Oversee and maintain tidiness and safe working practices in the AIT clean room
  • Liase with mission team and external customers
  • Support ground segment commissioning and LEOP activities
  • Support of training programmes for both internal & customer engineers



  • Degree or HND/HNC in engineering or science discipline


  • Working with spaceflight hardware, including integrated system testing at spacecraft level
  • Detailed test planning and scheduling
  • Working with verification/validation of requirements
  • Experience of managing test teams in very dynamic environments
  • Good understanding of Scripting and operation of EGSE systems advantageous
  • Good general electrical & electronics background
  • Knowledge and understanding of material usage in spaceflight environment
  • Hands on knowledge and experience of electronic test equipment usage including RF/communications

Knowledge & Skills

  • Proactive problem solver with drive to chase issues through to their conclusion
  • Practical and proven hands-on abilities for both flight build as well as ground and development test activities
  • Ability to manage larger work packages or projects and associated resourcing, planning and facility negotiations
  • Good team working skills, together with the ability to interface with others at all levels
  • Demonstrable strong attention to detail and ensuring that the finished sub-systems/systems will function as designed
  • Strong judgment skill in order to work independently and effectively in ambiguous situations
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office products, particularly Outlook, Word and Excel along with proficiency in use of Microsoft Project.
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Must be prepared to work irregular hours, weekends and shifts
  • A flexible, pragmatic attitude to work, planning and interactions with others is required along with a well developed sense of humour & irony.
  • Overseas travel is required in this role to support testing in customer premises & test facilities in locations worldwide

Reference: 2539408354


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