Environmental Test Engineer


If you are looking for a new challenge with a global market leader which designs and manufactures aerospace search and rescue equipment, HR Smith Group of Companies is the one for you.  We have over 5 decades of experience and are dedicated to finding the perfect solutions for our customers.  We have a positive, professional and welcoming environment; you will have the opportunity to work within a fully integrated multidisciplinary business. Currently we are looking for an Environmental Test Engineer to work within an experienced Aerospace Environmental Test Department in a brand new facility.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carry out qualification testing in accordance with relevant test standards and internally-produced procedures. Testing will include use of climatic chambers, shakers, material testing, acceleration tests, vacuum tests etc.
  • Produce technical documentation including qualification & development testing reports.
  • Be a key part of failure investigations – generating failure reports and working with several engineering disciplines to solve problems.
  • Organise and oversee the creation of one-off test jigs to fully exercise products that are due to perform environmental tests.
Essential Skills:
  • Ability to interpret technical documents and follow specifications.
  • Self-starter attitude with good initiative and willingness to learn new skills.
  • Proficient at using Microsoft Word & Excel.
  • Good interpersonal skills – Required to work in a multi-disciplinary environment to achieve common goals.
  • Experience or knowledge of logging data (eg: voltage, pressure and temperature) and then able to process within Excel to convey the data.
Desirable Attributes:
  • Knowledge of Aviation test standards, namely MIL-STD-810, RTCA DO-160.
  • Basic understanding of product certification & regulation within the aviation industry.
  • Previous experience within a test lab environment.
  • Knowledge of documentation control and its importance within the aviation industry.
  • Basic use of network & spectrum analysers.
  • Basic use of practical electronics.
Full time position.Salary commensurate with experience.
Free onsite car parking. Free refreshments (tea and coffee) Casual dress.
Hours are based on a 40 hour week, Monday to Friday 07:45 to 16:15 with half an hour each day for lunch.

Ben Reynolds, 20


An engineering apprenticeship was the obvious choice for me, after studying engineering for two years at college I felt an apprenticeship would offer me the best opportunity to make a career. As apprenticeships are so widely accepted and appreciated in industry I decided that university would not have been so beneficial long-term, as the opportunity to gain real experience is limited as well as the opportunity to earn whilst building large debts. HR Smith offer a great apprenticeship programme through HGTA and encourage you to build your own future. At HR Smith there is always something different everyday and you gain a full understanding of the processes involved in the company product design and manufacturing. You get satisfaction in understanding what the final outcome your job is for, I know I made the right choice.

Scott Bradley, 22

Electronic Test Development Engineer

I finished my electronic apprenticeship at HR Smith two years ago and now work in Research and Design. Part of my job also involves helping to look after apprentices when they are in my department.

I was fortunate enough to do my work experience at HR Smith during high school. This definitely made the idea of an apprenticeship more appealing to me, especially after finding an apprenticeship with HR Smith was an option through HWGTA.I did my apprenticeship straight from school, and I can remember how unsure I was about whether college or an apprenticeship was the right decision. Now both options are valid but I would recommend an apprenticeship, the practical experience alongside learning is a fantastic way to move from education into the working world, plus an important factor for me was avoiding the huge cost of higher education.And for anyone thinking that an apprenticeship won’t allow you to study at higher education, I am currently studying part time to obtain my HND, whilst other colleagues and ex-apprentices have completed Bachelors and Master Degrees through the company. So the higher education qualifications are still obtainable through an apprenticeship scheme, provided that you prove you’re worth it.

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