In fast changing markets, customers worldwide rely on Thales. Thales is a business where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defence, security and space, our architects design innovative solutions that make our tomorrow's possible.Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

About the role

This opportunity is for our Thales UK Optronics & Missile Electronics (OME) organisation and directly contribute to the on-going development of the Land, Sea and Air products and systems. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver their full range of defensive systems. From night vision goggles, hand-held thermal imagers and weapon sights to surveillance UAVs and soldier-worn power and data solutions - our teams are endlessly supporting innovation evolution of a whole array of products!

Our employees architect solutions that are relied upon to deliver operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission.

We currently have a number of entry level opportunities across Engineering (Systems, Mechanical and Electronics). For this role, we are keen to hear from candidates who have recently graduated or maybe you have just started out in the Mechanical domain and now looking for a new challenge in an exciting company where you can really develop and build a career.

The successful candidate will be a talented Junior Mechanical Engineer based in Glasgow with interest in working on all product stages from research and development to design and manufacture, through to installation and final commissioning. The goal is to design and fabricate mechanical components of innovation and excellence.

Our teams are at the forefront of technology, creating solutions for the future for our customers.

Key responsibilities

  • Perform a full lifecycle product development (design, develop, test prototypes, manufacture and implement)
  • Design systems and components that meet needs and requirements
  • Produce outline designs
  • Conduct experiments methodically, analyze data and interpret results
  • Test and evaluate theoretical designs
  • Identify, formulate and produce effective solutions to emerging problems
  • Evaluate final product’s overall performance, reliability and safety
  • Alter and modify design to meet requirements and to eliminate malfunctions
  • Estimate budget and scope of project
  • Solicit observations from operators
  • Prepare product reports and documentation
  • Engage in lifelong learning and develop new theories or methods

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in working in the Mechanical domain at Thales UK!

Thales UK is committed to driving innovation and pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Juniors can contribute to groundbreaking research and development efforts, shaping the future of technology in industries critical to national security and infrastructure.

Typical benefits

  • Pension
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Annual Leave
  • 37 hour work week with a half day Friday


In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working.

Thales UK is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process. We will provide reasonable adjustments and support to ensure neuro-diverse applicants or those with a disability or long-term condition can be their best during the recruitment process. To request an adjustment, if you need this job advert in an alternative format or if you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Resourcing Ops for mid to senior roles, or the Early Careers Team for graduate and apprentice roles.

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