Metallic Materials and Process Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Posted 3 months ago
  • All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Fluent in written and spoken English.

Company Details

Telespazio Vega is the first choice aerospace company for IT and engineering solutions & services. We combine 40 years of experience in high-technology markets, where trust and quality are essential.


An opportunity for an experienced engineer to work onsite at ESTEC for Telespazio VEGA UK, providing expertise with metallic materials.


To provide support to the metallic materials section, inluding project support, laboratory testing and process standardisation and improvement.


The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Act as Project Focal Point with a metallic materials and processes expert role including participation in Project meetings, reviews and audits;
  • Support Materials and Processes reviews, Materials and Processes Control Boards (MPCB’s) and participate as Engineering and/or PA Board Member in ESA Programme review milestones;
  • Review Declared Materials, Parts and Processes Lists (DMLs, DPLs, and DMPLs) as well as RFAs, RFDs/RFWs, ECPs, etc.;
  • Perform laboratory characterisation and verification for space use of a variety of materials (including but not limited to aluminium, titanium, steel, etc.) as well as joining techniques and repair (welding, bonding, brazing, etc.), printed circuit boards and electronic assembly;
  • Perform tasks related to the metallurgical assessment of materials in pristine and processes conditions, including metallurgical laboratory characterisation and verification (covering for example mechanical, corrosion/stress-corrosion and thermal testing, fatigue, cold welding, thermal fatigue, among others), failure investigations and drafting of relevant reports;
  • Support major Non-Conformances Review Board activities, perform failure analysis and failure investigation using a variety of laboratory tools (including acoustic microscopy, optical microscopy, confocal microscopy, XRD, X-Ray, NDI etc.) and drafting of related reports;
  • Contribute to the establishment, issuing and implementation of standards for the development and the procurement of space grade materials;
  • Support the operation and regular updating of the associated management information tools and system databases, including dedicated materials and processes databases;
  • Participate in strategy definition and implementation, while supporting issuing roadmaps and strategic papers;
  • Support the evaluation of proposals for technology R&D activities on their technical merit, consistency and priorities and recommendation for ESA endorsement;
  • Support the coordination of technology R&D activities, monitoring of the procurement implementation, evaluation and reporting of the achieved results and lessons learnt to the relevant ESA Directorates and key Partners;


  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in materials engineering and science, materials physics/metallurgy or another related field
  • Industrial experience preferably covering aerospace hardware and R&D;

Essential Skills

  • Familiarity with ESA Materials and processes related requirements;
  • Understanding of space missions related requirements and capability to propose verification methods including testing, analysis, inspections;
  • Materials laboratory hands-on experience related to metallic materials and manufacturing processes characterisation/verification and failure investigation;
  • Defining and implementing solutions in line with team and individual objectives, as well as project deadlines.


  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proactive and flexible attitude to working
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to work effectively both within a small team and in an autonomous way.


Competitive Package covering salary, generous holiday allowance, training plan and more


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.


Tagged as: manufacturing processes, esa materials/processes, verification methods, laboratory hands-on experience, metallic materials, failure investigation, defining/implementing solutions

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