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Operations Engineer

Operations Engineer

Job Title: Operations Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Hampshire
Salary: £35-45k + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: DW4801
Contact Name: David Watts
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 11, 2019 09:14

Job Description

I’m working with a client who is looking for an Operations Engineer to join a growing company and help them move to the next phase with their development plans.  This company is working very closely with the CAA and are pioneering commercial applications for their UAV & drone technology.
It’s a small company, 8 in total, and so they are looking for people who are practical, hands on, able to solve complex problems and have a positive can do attitude.
The position will involve setting up & championing a world class flight and RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft system) maintenance operation. They are looking to bring processes and consistency to flight testing, operations and applications for permissions with the regulator. Part of your responsibilities will be to oversee the safety of flight operations which will require time spent away from the office for a few days at a time, this is typically in Scotland (all expenses paid).
For this role they want someone who can:
Put aircraft maintenance processes in place and ensure these are followed by all staff
Ensure their systems, staff and procedures are capable of completing 500 hours of flying a year
Make sure an asset management system is in place for all RPAS and components
Take responsibility for creating a polished process with regards to all applications with the CAA for airspace and exemptions 
Manage version control systems for all the software on their aircraft
We are looking for someone who is very organised and has experience of working within an engineering based operation would be an advantage. You should be able to drive change, motivate others and monitor progress.
You’ll be someone who pays attention to the detail and if you have a background in software this would be great, being able to modify autopilot code (C# and /or C++) would be amazing but is definintely not expected as this is not a software development position.
If you have an interest in and knowledge of UAVs and UAV autopilots or experience of aviation or some other safety critical industry then this would be a definite advantage.
This would suit either an Engineer who is interested in developing a varied skill set, has a practical outlook and a detailed approach. Equally it could appeal to a Technical Administrator who is used to working in an engineering environment and would like to take a lead role within a growing business.