Test Engineer – Drivetrains (3 Vacancies)

Test & Validation - Blyth

Ref: 354 Date Posted: 24 November 2021

Test Engineer – Drivetrains (3 Vacancies)

Test & Validation Directorate

Location: Blyth

Competitive Salary + Pay Enhancements for Overtime, 28 Days Holiday + 10 Days Bank Holiday, Company Pension Scheme, Annual Discretionary Bonus


Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is excited to be recruiting for 3 Test Engineers to be based within our Test & Validation directorate reporting into the Drivetrain Test Manager .

Our Test & Validation site, based in Blyth, offers the most comprehensive open access and independent test and research facilities anywhere in the world to enable the scale-up of offshore renewable energy technologies.

The position of Test Engineer will support the business in executing complex test plans across our assets based in Drivetrains. Our Drivetrain assets include testing for Prototypes, Tidal, Wind Turbines and Bearings. The nature of our testing programmes can, at times, require our colleagues to have a degree of flexibility with working patterns.

There is the opportunity for overtime, which is paid at the enhanced rate of 1.5x Rate of Pay for Weekdays & Saturdays and 2x Rate of Pay for Sundays & Bank Holidays. As a responsible employer, work-life balance continues to be an important focus for ORE Catapult and its employees.  

The preferred candidate for this position will possess one or all of the following; experience working in a testing environment, related qualifications, or equivalent practical experience in a suitable engineering discipline.

Our wider Test Facilities are equipped to provide Test & Validation activities for Turbine Blades; Powertrains; Subsea, Foundations & Structures; Resource Assessment; Electrical Infrastructure and Robotics & Autonomous Systems. Our capabilities also include Technology Demonstration and Resource Assessment Facilities.

Tell me more about the position?

Demand for sustainable energy continues to grow; to support this Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is one of the most quickly evolving, pioneering organisations. Our work closely contributes to the continued transition to a sustainable energy future.  

The Test Engineer will support the execution of complex test plans under the supervision and guidance of the Drivetrain Test Manager. You will work to set procedures when supervising equipment, continually reviewing your own work and supporting our Quality Assurance manager in ensuring we meet our standards.

Our projects produce high volumes of information from which we’re often tasked with creating technical test reports. You will have some experience of recording data and supporting the construction of reports which are presentable to our clients and colleagues .

Your strong communication skills will enable you to highlight any issues which arise in a clear effective manner, escalating instances to your manager (Test Engineer) where intervention and / or further support is required. We have a strong Health & Safety oriented culture and are always searching for ways to continually improve our ways of working. We often working on ‘first of a kind’ projects, which will require the Test Engineer to be solution oriented and possess good troubleshooting skills. You will be highly motivated and accustomed to working with a wider team of multi-disciplined colleagues.

This is a rare chance to be part of a revolutionary journey with a high performing team at the cutting edge of renewable energy technology.

What do I need to qualify for this role?

  • Relevant experience of testing, qualifications or equivalent in a suitable engineering discipline;
  • Ability to work flexibly around the testing requirements
  • Extensive experience principally in the areas of either electrical/electronics, mechanical, hydraulic/structural loadings, instrumentation/data collection and control systems;
  • Highly computer literate – ability to use Microsoft packages
  • Ability to deal with customer expectations and aspirations on test delivery:
  • Good oral and written communication skills – must be capable of writing detailed technical reports;
  • Good data analysis skills;
  • Good team player;
  • Good communication and time management skills;
  • Use initiative and judgement to analyse and make decisions to solve technical and/or engineering problems as they arise;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • Capable of working within exacting timescales and budgets.

Who are we?

The offshore wind, wave and tidal sectors are amongst the fast-growing, most innovative and exciting industries in the UK and are at the forefront of supporting our transition to a low-carbon economy and our fight against the climate emergency.

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult), is a leading technology innovation and research centre delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy.  With locations across the UK and in China, ORE Catapult works  with industry and academia to identify, develop, prove and de-risk promising new technologies and bring them to market. It is helping to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.

Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development. In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

How do I apply?

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful in this role, please take the opportunity to review the attached job description and apply using an updated CV which showcases the skills and experience you have relevant to the role.

Thank you for your interest in Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.


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We understand that some candidates, including women and other marginalised folks tend to apply only when they check every box of the criteria stated on an advert. You may still have the skills and experience we are looking for. So, if you think you have what it takes to be of success in this position, but don't necessarily meet every single point on this advert, please still go ahead and make an application.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

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We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

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