Experimental Mechanics Test Support Graduate 10372716
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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of
around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European
leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest
space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide. Our people work with passion and
determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other’s expertise and
experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary – on the ground, in the sky and in
Description of the job
At Airbus in Filton, the Test Centre is responsible for structural testing a wide range of aircraft parts from small components to
full scale complete aircrafts covering research, certification and in-service support. Structures Test defines and performs the
structural tests which provide the proofs to integrate and qualify the physical aircraft as required for 1st flight, certification and
continued airworthiness. The technical added value of Structures Test consists:
¤ Of providing an optimised test plan (for the complete test pyramid solution) answering customer needs
¤ Of providing validated, reliable and robust test data to its customers
¤ In validation of stress analysis hypothesis through testing
¤ Of providing to the Authorities, the proofs needed for certification and allow to secure certification by applying the same
Structures Test process across Airbus and Extended Enterprise
The main mission of the Experimental Mechanics group is to provide complex measurement solutions for structural testing and
for the validations of numerical simulations. This group is also leading Research & Technology projects with innovative solutions
to complex and challenging future test requirements.
In the context of supporting structural tests, the successful candidate will be exposed to organisational and practical aspects of
testing, which provide ample opportunities for development of technical and theoretical knowledge about structures and their
functioning, as well as awareness of Airbus processes and internal procedures. Working with a team of professionals to deliver
test results on time, cost and quality will aid the development of communication skills and ability to work under pressure. The
tangible outputs associated with testing provide an immediate feedback loop which enhances the learning experience. Moreover
during the validation phase of test and simulation results, the candidate will develop various analytical and data processing skills.
By supporting the development of innovative experimental mechanics techniques, the candidate will develop multiple niche
technical skills, including but not limited to performing various types of measurements. During the development phase the
candidate will also interact with scientific communities and will have the opportunity to implement the theoretical knowledge into
practice. Most importantly, the candidate will learn the importance of driving innovation and how to overcome any associated
Furthermore by providing support to ongoing Research & Technology projects the candidate will develop project management
skills and gain insight to the State of the Art in many different fields.
¤ Support structural tests with complex experimental mechanics measurement solutions for the validation of numerical
simulations. In this context, the candidate will interact with customers from the design and stress community, with suppliers of
high-quality scientific measurement equipment, and with the test leaders, test engineers and test operators who are part of the
structure test team.
¤ Actively participate in the improvement of innovative measurement technologies, based on visual, high-speed, thermal or sonic
imaging technology. In addition, the candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of processes which
enable experimental data evaluation and comparison with simulation predictions.
¤ Provide support to ongoing Research & Technology projects in the field of Structures Test, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
and Non Destructive Testing (NDT).
You must be an undergraduate for the full duration of the placement studying towards a degree in the following:
Aerospace, Aeronautical or Mechanical
As the successful candidate you will be able to demonstrate the following skills
¤ Good experimental, data analysis, problem solving and mathematical skills
¤ Mechanical testing, FE and CAD experiences are beneficial
¤ Ability to generate innovative solutions and then communicate them effectively
¤ Knowledge/experience in optics and photography is advantageous
Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments to allow you to access and participate fully in the recruitment
process. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; additional time for written exercises; auxiliary
aids; room layout; dietary requirements etc.
Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications
irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.
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