Bristows – Unmanned Aircraft (UAV) Engineer / Technician

Bristows – Unmanned Aircraft (UAV) Engineer / Technician

Working closely with our UAS Engineers this is a fantastic opportunity to enter the world of unmanned aircraft engineering and develop your skills within an operational UKSAR environment.  Ideally suited to those from a junior technical and/or engineering background. Full training and ongoing development will be provided. This is a rare opportunity to develop within a UK based unmanned aircraft operation currently delivering essential capability to HM Coastguard. These positions are based at Lydd Airport in Kent

Key Tasks

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The daily scheduled and non-scheduled maintenance of the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter UAS and its supporting systems, sensors and payloads.
  • For aircraft on scheduled maintenance, ensuring that all work called up as part of the maintenance work pack and all mandatory requirements have been car­ried out prior to release of the aircraft for flight.
  • Ensuring availability of tools, equipment, materials and all necessary maintenance data to perform the planned tasks.
  • Ensuring that all required maintenance tasks are car­ried out, or where it is evident that a particular task cannot be carried out to the maintenance instruction, that such problems are reported to the Lead UAS Engineer, UAS Engineering Manager or the Compliance & Safety Manager as appropriate.
  • Manage engineering components of the Bristow Group Safety Management System, including hazard identification, risk management, internal auditing and subcontractor control processes
  • The preparation and implementation of planned main­tenance programmes in co-ordination with opera­tional requirements, liaising with Flight Operations in respect of daily aircraft requirements.
  • Liaison with UAS Lead Engineer on technical queries.
  • Control and maintenance of special tools and test equipment, including calibration.
  • Participate in investigation of engineering incidents and near misses, with a focus on preventive and cor­rective actions.
  • Participating in engineering MOCs to ensure impact across the organisation is fully identified and meets regulatory requirements.
  • Reporting of Engineering events through the BeSAFE system such as GORs, MSRs and ASRs
  • Provide actionable information on Engineering mat­ters to the UAS Engineering Manage
  • Provide Engineering advice during emergency re­sponse activities
  • Participate in Engineering Safety Action Group.
  • Ensure the hangar and working areas are kept clean and tidy.
  • Adhere to the UAS Technical Agreement with Lydd Pt145 SAR Engineering

Person Specification Requirements

  • Previous Civ/Mil Aviation engineering experience (Desirable)
  • Other previous Engineering experience (essential)
  • Knowledge/understanding of regulations na­tionally with the ability to develop and communicate proposed amendments (Desirable)
  • Flexible, hardworking and driven (essential)
  • Understanding of Safety Management Systems (Desirable)
  • customer/client focus in aviation
  • experience with subcontractor control processes
  • To be able to obtain Baseline Personnel Security Standard


  • HND Aeronautical Engineering / Advanced modern engineering apprenticeship
  • Incident/Accident investigation training and experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, teams.

Attributes Demonstrate

  • sound communicator
  • analytical
  • reasoned
  • proactive
  • safety conscious
  • ability to work on own or as part of a team
  • willingness to learn and develop new processes and practices
  • support Company objectives to enable knowledge transfer to others

Roles are based at Lydd Airport in Kent and offered on 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off rotation. Candidates must be willing to relocate within a daily commutable distance of the Lydd SAR base to attend their duty periods.

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