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Senior rocket test-site technician

Job type: Permanent, full- or part-time

Salary: £33k - £43k per annum depending on experience

About us

Airborne Engineering (AEL) is a small company specialising in rocket engine testing for the commercial space sector. We are proud to operate one of the only commercial rocket engine test facilities in Europe, where our constantly expanding capabilities and customer base enables us to take on a wide variety of projects at the cutting edge of aerospace research.

At our Westcott facility near Aylesbury and Bicester we have two state-of-the-art rocket test cells, with a variety of infrastructure including propellant supply systems and instrumentation, supported by our on-site mechanical workshop and offices. We take pride in achieving a high technical output from our small team of engineers, technicians and support staff, whilst maintaining a flexible and relaxed working environment and providing opportunities for learning and creative thinking.

The role

We are looking for a senior technician to join our team, working in person at our test facility at Westcott Venture Park. This role is permanent and can be full time or part-time. Flexible working will be considered. You will be responsible for installation and testing of high-pressure fluid systems, light fabrication and assembly of mechanical components, and general maintenance of the test facility and workshop. There is also opportunity to be involved with test operations and mechanical design.

We expect that candidates will be comfortable manufacturing and operating high pressure fluid systems, familiar with using common hydraulic and pneumatic fittings such as Swagelok, NPT, and BSP, and able to perform general mechanical workshop tasks using standard hand and power tools. You must be able to work independently using technical drawings or following a technical brief, as well as collaborating with our engineering team when required.

Essential requirements

We expect candidates will have experience with:

  • Manufacturing and operating high pressure fluid systems
  • Common hydraulic and pneumatic fittings (Swagelok, NPT, etc)
  • General mechanical workshop tasks with hand tools and measuring equipment
  • Following technical drawings

Desirable experience

The ideal candidate will additionally have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Tube bending
  • Sheet metal work
  • Operating manual lathes and mills
  • Operating forklifts
  • TIG welding
  • Pressure testing components
  • Selecting pipework components for pressurised systems
  • Viewing designs in CAD software (especially SOLIDWORKS)
  • Handling fuels and oxidisers
  • Cryogenic systems
  • Precision cleaning of components (e.g. for oxygen service)
  • Servicing common fluid components (valves, pumps etc.)
  • Typical office software and computer use


  • Starting salary £33-43k depending on experience
  • Flexible working hours
  • 30 days annual leave plus public holidays (7 leave days to be taken during Christmas shutdown)
  • Work on varied projects at the cutting edge of aerospace research
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Access to company funded training

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to jobs@ael.co.uk.