Prototype Test and Validation Engineer

Website SubSea Craft Ltd

Advanced Maritime Technology

Prototype Test and Validation Engineer


Position: Prototype Test and Validation Engineer


  • Salary: £37,000-£42,000 DOE
  • Full Time
  • Permanent


Who we are: SubSea Craft is a fast growing, privately-funded, UK-based SME delivering Advanced Maritime Technology. We leverage our team’s defence experience with cross-industry partnerships in the field of advanced naval engineering. Our flagship product, VICTA, is a Diver Delivery Unit – a surface submersible craft designed to operate at speed over range and capable of rapid transition beneath the surface to operate submerged, enabling the discreet delivery and recovery of divers. It is a unique, innovative British product focused primarily on the defence market but with utility beyond.

What we offer:

  • Private Healthcare with optional family cover
  • Life Assurance (4 x salary)
  • Critical Illness Cover
  • Unlimited Paid Holiday
  • Ongoing professional development and training
  • Pension contribution
  • Flexible Working
  • A culture of diversity and innovative thinking


We are looking for an energetic prototype test and validation engineer to drive forward the development of world leading advanced maritime technology. The successful candidate will be driven by innovation and strive to deliver excellence in everything they do.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development and execution of engineering prototype build & test activities.
  • Manage the development of prototype test procedures, ensuring that all test procedures are developed in line with the system requirements
  • Creation and management of comprehensive test documentation to fully capture and communicate all test activities, non‑compliances, results and recommendations, to feed into the design cycle and quality management system
  • Development of bespoke test solutions, in order to validate prototype products meet customer requirements
  • Working flexibly with the engineering and operations teams to ensure test results and documentation is delivered on time
  • Identify and propose solutions to address gaps in prototype testing capabilities
  • Leading the implementation of the highest safety standards for test and evaluation
  • Working collaboratively with established partner organisations to deliver robust integration of test plans within defined timelines


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree level qualification in Mechanical / Electrical Engineering or similar
  • Any additional qualifications or certifications in the areas of safety, lifting, process control, fluid power, technical documentation, pressure systems, environmental testing, high and low voltage electrical assembly / test are all desirable
  • Professional registration (e.g. CEng) or progression towards is advantageous
  • Test and validation experience, both physical test and theoretical analysis
  • Comfortable using hand tools to assemble and test prototype equipment.
  • Demonstrable history of excellent technical communication, both written and verbal
  • Maritime experience is a plus, but whatever your track record, high levels of technical expertise, personal drive and strong communication skills are particularly important.
  • Experience of safe assembly and testing of pressure systems, including fluid power, would be beneficial.
  • Knowledge and experience of data acquisition and instrumentation.
  • Knowledge and experience of PLC installation and programming.
  • Experience in the use of CAD / CAM software and the operation of CNC machines would be beneficial.
  • Good knowledge of statistical data analysis is desirable to draw meaningful conclusions from test data
  • Unafraid to challenge the team and utilise relevant experience to drive towards the highest quality engineering output
  • A proactive individual with strong commitment and self-motivation to be able to lead prototype test and evaluation activities
  • Willingness to embrace innovation and creativity.


Note: Due to the nature of work undertaken at SubSea Craft, the selected candidate must be capable of meeting the security requirements of the position, which would include as a minimum Existing right to live and work in the UK, Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), with Security Check likely for specific projects.*


Values: Our people are our greatest asset, we continually strive to provide an excellent working environment to enable our team to do their best work. We have an agile professional workforce: we are founded on the belief that our people are valued and our business is trusted, inclusive and commercially-adept.


What we expect from you:

  • Teamwork, mutual respect and collaboration
  • Initiative and independent working
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Business and commercial awareness
  • Agility, adaptability and continuous development

We regret that due to the high volume of applications we are unable to acknowledge every application. Please bear in mind that if you are selected for an interview we will aim to contact you within 14 days of your application or the closing date (if stated). However, if we think that your skills and qualifications may be suitable for other similar positions we may hold your details on our database and contact you in the future. Please let us know if you do not wish us to keep your details on file.

*Please note that DBS, Driving Licence and reference checks will be carried out and all offers of employment are subject to meeting our requirements

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