Element Materials Technology is looking to recruit an Engineer with an interest in metallic materials and fracture mechanics in Hydrogen environments. You may be a recent graduate or have a few years of experience after graduating, ideally with a Mechanical Engineering background.

This role requires the successful candidate to be responsible for setting up and carrying out lab work on multiple metallic and non-metallic materials testing projects within the Hydrogen Testing area of the business. Projects will involve research of how metallic and non-metallic materials respond when exposed to Hydrogen gas, measured by characterisation of materials before and after exposure and during exposure.

This is a very hands-on role which involves laboratory testing of both large components and small coupon type samples, contact with customers and other laboratories within Element as well as managing of projects including writing of technical reports.


  • Carrying out exposure tests in high temperature, high pressure Hydrogen environments
  • Fracture mechanics testing (Bolted Compact Tension, Slow Strain Rate testing, Dynamic Fracture Toughness)
  • Developing fatigue and fracture mechanics engineering expertise within Element Hitchin
  • Designing of tests and writing of internal test procedures
  • Preparing technical reports
  • Execution of Fatigue and Fracture Mechanic tests and calculations
  • Assisting in strengthening Element’s competitive position by being the technical face to those customers in need of these advanced technical services
  • Act as a Project Manager on small testing programs.
  • Ensures all work is performed in accordance with company procedures and regulatory agencies’ regulations
  • Responsible for adhering to safety procedures and appropriate regulatory and company standards

Skills & qualifications

  • Minimum BEng/BSc in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science/ Metallurgy
  • Good understanding of metallic materials, in particular failure modes of metals, processing methods and coatings
  • Working knowledge of laboratory safety including ability to follow risk assessments and COSHH assessments
  • Ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels within the business
  • Willingness to pass on knowledge including training of other team members when required
  • Can compile and analyse testing data from the tests performed and form firm conclusions about material changes
  • Good understanding of testing concepts
  • Possess computer skills (Word, Excel etc.)
  • Ability and willingness to stand on feet for long periods of time and carry out physical tasks, including lifting
  • Developed problem solving skills
  • Good observational skills, attention to detail and ability to work accurately and precisely

Company overview

Element is one of the fastest growing testing, inspection and certification businesses in the world. Globally we have more than 9,000 brilliant minds operating from 270 sites across 30 countries. Together we share an ambitious purpose to ‘Make tomorrow safer than today’.

When failure in use is not an option, we help customers make certain that their products, materials, processes and services are safe, compliant and fit for purpose. From early R&D, through complex regulatory approvals and into production, our global laboratory network of scientists, engineers, and technologists support customers to achieve assurance over product quality, sustainable outcomes, and market access.

While we are proud of our global reach, working at Element feels like being part of a smaller company. We empower you to take charge of your career, and reward excellence and integrity with growth and development.

Industries across the world depend on our care, attention to detail and the absolute accuracy of our work. The role we have to play in creating a safer world is much bigger than our organization.

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: age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, race, religion, responsibility of dependents, sexual orientation, or gender identity or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.