Date Posted
02 Jul 2019

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity are looking for a Principal Mechanical Engineer  In this role the successful Principal Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for the design and development of Antenna System products for use in demanding air, land and sea environments.


In this role you will be expected to be creative and innovative in the generation of concepts and detailed designs using 3D CAD and FEA simulation tools. Your responsibilities will include the generation of drawings and ERP data for both internal and external customers using approved procedures and processes. You will provide expert technical guidance to the mechanical design team and support the Chief Mechanical Engineer in maintaining a high quality technical output on time and to cost.


This role is based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire   

Our technology

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity design and manufacture active and passive avionics antennas and electronic control systems for military and civil communications, navigation and search and rescue applications.  We pioneered frequency agile VHF tuneable antennas and continue to be a key supplier to major avionics companies.  Our GPS anti-jam technology utilises state of the art DSP algorithms with an active antenna to eliminate both narrow-band and wide-band jamming signals.  We have world leading technology in Ground Penetrating Radar and RF interference mitigation. Both military and civil users rely on our direction finding systems for search and rescue operations. 

As a Principal Mechanical Engineer your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering (alternatives considered)
  • Chartered Engineer
  • An understanding of most aspects of mechanical engineering, especially structural analysis.
  • A broad understanding of materials, treatments and finishes, and their environmental implications
  • Knowledge of composite design and production techniques (ideally GFRP)
  • Experience of the airborne environment
  • A proven ability to support change within an organisation
  • Experience in all aspects of engineering product life cycle and development phases.
  • Experience of using 3D CAD packages, use of Solidworks would be an advantage
  • Experience working within the Aerospace Sector or similar regulated industry
  • Experience of leading technical teams
  • Able to work both as part of a team and as an individual.
  • Excellent communication skills written and verbal. Confident in front of the customer
  • Able to determine their own priorities
  • Ability to work with minimum of supervision
  • Adaptable to changes in priorities and willingness to resolve queries from all levels of staff

As a Principal Mechanical Engineer your main responsibilities will involve:

  • Produce concept and detailed designs using 3D CAD ensuring that solutions are fit for purpose and cost effective.
  • Undertake development and leadership of an assigned group of Engineers.
  • Act as Lead Engineer on projects and bids when required
  • Use FEA and CFD tools supported by hand calculations to simulate mechanical behaviour
  • Generate and amend drawings and documentation to appropriate standards including BS8888.
  • Undertake tolerance analysis of designs including Geometric Dimensioning and tolerancing.
  • Investigate and define answers to design problems via NCR’s from manufacturing.
  • Continuous improvement of processes and tools including support to corporate change initiatives
  • Provide Focus for Customer technical queries (both external and internal
About Cobham Aerospace Connectivity
Cobham Aerospace Connectivity develop and manufacture high specification sector and multi-sector, directional, omni-directional, ultra-wideband (UWB) and MIMO antennas.

A wide range of products are available for customers, small and large, worldwide in Commercial, Military, Satellite and Security markets. 

About Cobham plc

Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the greatest challenges, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.


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