• Mechanical Test Engineer

    Job Locations UK-Hertfordshire-Hitchin
  • Overview

    Element has an opportunity for a Mechanical Test Engineer  to join our lab in Hitchin.

    The work will involve mechanical tests on polymeric materials and structures (primarily composites but including thermoplastics, elastomers and structural adhesives).

    Full technical and safety training will be provided, as well as necessary PPE.


    • Taking responsibility for test programmes for characterising the material/component mechanical performance including performing the tests.  This will necessitate organising and conducting test programmes, data analysis/interpretation, technical reporting, and interaction with clients
    • Perform mechanical tests on polymeric materials (composites, thermoplastics, elastomers and structural adhesives)
    • Design test fixtures for mechanical tests on coupons and structures
    • Set up and run universal test machines as well as servo-hydraulic test machines
    • Process test data as required by the project manager
    • Manage test projects and liaise with clients regarding samples required, project status etc.
    • Write and contribute to technical proposals for prospective clients (single client and public sector proposals)
    • Participating in technical meetings and presenting to Element clients.
    • Working on a number of projects simultaneously.  The work will involve managing small and medium sized projects, planning and coordinating project work, designing test fixtures, conducting mechanical tests including fatigue tests, data reduction and interpretation of results, and technical reporting

    Skills / Qualifications

    • A good knowledge of polymeric materials and mechanical testing
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft software i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • Excellent Health and Safety standards and practices
    • Project management with budgetary controls and work planning

    Company Overview

    Element is the best and most trusted testing partner in the world providing high value, critical services to the Aerospace, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Fire & Building Products and Infrastructure & Environmental sectors, where failure is not an option.


    Our purpose is a simple one. We make certain that all of the materials, products and devices we test, inspect and certify for our customers are always safe in their end application; are of marketable quality; are compliant with all relevant industry standards and regulations and are ultimately fit for purpose.


    Element’s expanded network of over 6,000 Engaged Experts are trusted by organizations to test and advise on the safety, quality, performance and compliance of their products, systems and operations.

    Diversity Statement

    At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


    All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.


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