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Graduate Job Graduate Stress Engineer (Rocket Motor)

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: Roxel
Reference: ROX01
Salary: £23,000 - £25,000  

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An excellent opportunity to work within a Midlands based company operating in an area of cutting edge technology.

Roxel is an Anglo-French Company that designs, develops and manufactures a range of solid propellant rocket motors for use in tactical missiles. Its operations are spread across several sites in the UK and France and it has an annual turnover of about £100M and nearly 700 staff.

The UK operations are based at Summerfield, Kidderminster and have a requirement for a graduate to work as a stress analyst / engineer on a variety of new and existing projects.

Main Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work as an integral part of a team and on all phases of the project life cycle including initial concept design, full scale development, production and in-service customer support.

Specific areas of involvement will include:
• Stress analysis of the rocket motor structure which consists of a pressure vessel containing a propellant charge and related components such as the nozzle.
• The pressure vessel can take several forms ranging from a traditional monolithic metallic structure to a composite structure comprising several metallic and polymeric components adhesively bonded together. The propellant charge comprises a polymeric material with non-linear visco-elastic properties which are characterised in our own laboratories for use in finite element analysis.
• Both traditional analytical and advanced finite elements stressing methods (e.g. Abaqus) are used to determine failure modes, failure loads and safety factors. Implicit within the stress analysis is the thermal analysis to determine the component temperatures.
• Analysis if often verified by structural testing. Static testing is conducted in our own structural test facility where combined pressure, bending and torsional loads are applied across a wide temperature range. Fatigue testing is conducted by external sub-contractors.
• Stress analysis of specialist tooling is also conducted covering all stages of manufacture, assembly and testing.
• All aspects of the stress analysis are documented and form a key part of the certification process. This includes the compilation of a formal structural design record and presentation of the results to our customers and government representatives.

Opportunities will exist to take part in other aspects of rocket motor design and development for candidates who may wish to develop their careers in new directions.

Role Requirements

• Good degree in Mathematics or Engineering
• Good understanding of basic principles of stressing
• Experience of solving practical stressing problems in an engineering environment
• IP or a year in industry would be an advantage but not essential
• Close attention to detail and dedication to maintaining high quality standards
• A highly analytical individual
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team

Discovery Graduates are the retained managing consultants.  All applications will be processed through Discovery.  We regret due to the high volume of applications we receive; only those successful on application will be contacted for interviews.  In the event that you are unsuccessful for this opportunity, we may still be able to help you and we will retain your application and consider you for other opportunities.

Location: West Midlands

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