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If you’d like to make a real difference where it counts, BAE Systems is the place for you.

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As part of our Air team, you could be working at the edge of what is technologically possible, shaping the future to ensure our customers are ready to face challenges we cannot even imagine today. You could be developing and evolving the technologies that will defend the UK for generations to come and supporting our customers around the globe.

Join us and you’ll be encouraged and rewarded to excel in this important work. Apply your talent where it counts. 

Materials Engineer – Mechanical Testing

Would you like to be part of our Materials Engineering team to work on complex, innovative and world-leading projects such as Tempest, Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II? We currently have a vacancy for a Materials Engineer in Mechanical Testing at our site in Samlesbury.

As a Materials Engineer – Mechanical Testing, you will be carrying out materials testing and evaluation activities across a broad range of programmes, whilst also supporting materials qualification projects, production support and in-service support activities.

This role will provide you with opportunities to develop your career and experiences, and learn new technologies in a dynamic, World Class technical environment. Over time, there will be opportunities for further career advancement and to work across different teams. Join us and you will be working alongside other functions to deliver products that will be in service for 40+ years and being continually upgraded to maintain our customer’s Air Defence capabilities.

Your main responsibilities as a Materials Engineer – Mechanical Testing will involve:

  • Materials testing and evaluation support to a broad range of programmes with respect to materials and processing activities
  • Delivering fit for purpose materials and process solutions to these programmes, supporting materials qualification projects, production support and in-service support
  • Developing improvements to existing products, techniques, technology, services or operating procedures
  • Product and supply assurance, developing materials and process standards and technical and legislative data gathering
  • You will be required to write technical reports, make technical decisions based on the available data with integrity, and provide a first-rate customer service to our internal and external customers.
  • Using known mechanical testing techniques such as tensile testing, proof loading, peel testing and fatigue testing.

Your skills and qualifications:


  • Degree or HNC/HND or an equivalent qualification/ experience in a STEM-related subject e.g. Materials Science, Chemistry, Metallurgy, Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics.
  • Competent in Mathematics
  • Understanding of mechanical testing principles and experience in mechanical testing techniques
  • Experience of subject areas such as aerospace materials, materials evaluation, or materials selection within industry
  • A basic understanding of the main phases of an airframe design product lifecycle
  • An awareness of the importance of operational governance in achieving product integrity
  • Experience in writing technical test plans, technical reports and test reports
  • Working to defined standards and processes


  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary environment, understanding the integration of materials engineering with areas such as airframe engineering, design engineering, manufacturing engineering, quality, and procurement.
  • Experience in both static and fatigue methods.
  • Chartered Status or willingness to achieve.

What we are looking for in you:

We are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals who will enjoy working in a practical ‘hands on’ testing role. You will be proactive and dynamic and suggest and implement improvements to current techniques and operating procedures. You will be a quick learner and able to contribute to the team activities quickly, with a proven ability of working within a small team. Your excellent communication skills will give you the ability to translate information to a range of stakeholders.

Location: Samlesbury

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

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