The team undertakes analysis of data acquired from Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) which are permanently embodied in all helicopters for engineering diagnostic purposes. HUMS Monitored components include gearboxes, drive shafts, rotor systems and engines, with the capability to monitor individual gears and bearings. HUMS data analysis therefore provides a capability for the early detection and identification of wear or mechanical damage within these components. As the rotor systems are the main source of vibration in helicopters, the embodied HUMS is also used for rotor smoothing through Rotor Track and Balance (RTB) activities. Analysis of aircraft usage data from Flight Data Recorders (FDR) enables a range of other benefits including validation of actual fleet usage against the manufacturers Design Usage Spectrum and risk mitigation in the amendment of maintenance schedules.
As part of a diverse Civil Service and Military team of deep technical specialists from multidisciplinary backgrounds, you’ll work with other graduates in delivering dynamic technical projects.
As an Aircraft Vibration Health and Usage Engineer within our team you will be responsible for:
- The analysis of HUMS data for the timely diagnosis and where possible prognosis of mechanical faults or failures.
- The periodic review of fleetwide HUMS vibration data, to assess the validity of current exceedance alerting thresholds and calculating revised thresholds where appropriate.
- The longer-term exploitation of HUMS vibration data fused with relevant technical data from other sources such as maintenance systems.
- The provision of assistance to the Defence Accident Investigation Branch (DAIB) with aviation forensic investigations arising from aircraft incidents or accidents.
Travel opportunities to additional sites, off-site trials, conferences and visits to external partners, and are likely to be a part of your role.
With strong English and Maths skills we're seeking applicants with a degree or three years equivalent practical experience related to Aerospace Engineering. Relevant technical knowledge, strong IT skills and a flexible, adaptable and inquisitive approach to work. experience of vibration analysis would be an advantage but not essential
We'll support you with a Team Leader who'll guide you in your structured training and development within the team.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Communicating and Influencing
Making Effective Decisions
Changing and Improving
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Science and Engineering Framework “Securing, maintaining and developing relevant technical expertise”
Science and Engineering Framework “Applying scientific and technical knowledge”
We will provide a great range of benefits including:
- Excellent learning and development.
- Chartership and accreditation support.
- A competitive salary.
- Onsite gym.
- Onsite parking.
- Generous annual leave.
- Flexible working.
This post presently attracts a Market Skills Allowance of £3000 p.a
This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.
Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.