in Aerospace / Defence / Security

Demand for ex-forces engineers set to soar

Posted 8 September 2017 · Add Comment

The rapid rise in the global market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a diverse range of military, civil and commercial applications is being matched by demand for specialist engineers to design, develop and maintain fleets according to engineering and manufacturing recruitment specialist Jonathan Lee Recruitment.



The recruitment consultancy already sources a wide range of professionals for top flight players in the market.

Peter Heap, senior recruitment consultant in the Aerospace and Defence division at Jonathan Lee Recruitment said: “Advances in smart technologies and a rapid rise in applications for UAVs has prompted a significant increase in demand for engineers to support the industry.”

According the Government’s consultation response Unlocking the UK's High Tech Economy: Consultation on the Safe Use of Drones in the UK, published last month, in 2016, Goldman Sachs predicted that the total spend on drones in construction, agriculture insurance and infrastructure inspection between 2016 and 2020 would be almost $20bn. This would be matched by predicted retail and consumer global sales in 2020 of 7.8 million drones, totalling around $3.3bn. PwC estimate that the global drone application market will be worth over £100 billion by 2025.

Heap continued: “One of the key drivers in the market is safety; the desire to remove pilots from hazardous situations but they are proving valuable in a wide range of applications. These include military surveillance, planning search and rescue missions in isolated geographical locations, recording and monitoring coastal erosion, analysing geographical changes to plan flood defences and supporting inspection and predictive maintenance programmes in agriculture, forestry, construction and for energy and transport infrastructure.

“With roles ranging from maintenance technicians, pilots, operators, design engineers, systems engineers and software engineers, the industry is keen to recruit ex-forces professionals with operational experience in hazardous environments or anyone from a military or defence environment, will have the life experience and skill-set needed for these demanding roles.

“For the many HM Forces engineers entering civilian life and indeed, anyone with an aerospace engineering background with an emphasis on technical compliance and safety, prospects in the UAV sector have never been better.”
 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Restrata appoints new head of consultancy

Security, safety and emergency response solutions provider, Restrata, has appointed a new head of consultancy to lead the organisationís continued growth and international expansion.

JJ Churchill reduces machining ops by half

Aerospace engineering firm JJ Churchill today announced that it has reduced its tooling costs by 5% with a 50% reduction in the number of machining operations on a specific critical part, achieved with Blue Photon technology which is

Ultra Long Range A350 XWB completes first flight

The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, MSN 216, has successfully completed its first flight.

Defence Secretary announces £80m Guardian to protect the skies

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will invest up to £80 million in a new computer system to boost the RAFís speed and accuracy in protecting the skies, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.

SEA supplying TLS to navies in South East Asia

Cohort company SEA is supplying its Torpedo Launcher Systems (TLS) to three South East Asian navies that have signed up for a solution based on technology originally developed for the UK Royal Navy.

Bristol Airport and SWRnewstar win Waste2Zero award

SWRnewstar has won the Waste2Zero Best Waste Project Communication & Stakeholder Engagement Award in partnership with its customer Bristol Airport.

Air & Ground SK1704230718
See us at
SMI FAVWSBT1402060618FIL18 BT111017220718SMI HelicopterTBT1402240518