CAD Technician

Forres, Moray, United Kingdom
Full Time
Entry Level
CAD Technician to support our structures, avionics and propulsion teams in the creation of accurate and detailed 3D models of components and assemblies of both launch vehicle and ground segment equipment.

Orbex is a leading micro-launch company with our Prime vehicle being prepared to launch from our home spaceport, Sutherland Spaceport. We are well placed to be one of the first operational micro-launch companies in Europe with over €85m of project financing secured, a number of customers signed up, our launch licence application submitted, and backing from organisations including UKSA and ESA.
We are a rapidly growing company with staff located between our production and test facilities in Forres, Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Working on cutting-edge advances in rocket fuel technology, Prime’s carbon footprint is up to 96% lower than comparable vehicles, leading to innovations in propulsion and tank structures. A state-of-the-art re-flight system means we can recover and reuse our technology, and innovations in separation mechanisms mean we leave no debris in space.
Having developed in-house production capability, we can 3D print complex engines, produce full-scale carbon composite fuel tanks, and have avionics and software testing labs in both Scotland and Denmark. Based in Forres, you will be right in the heart of this fast-paced cutting-edge company, gaining a unique insight into what it takes to build a new launch vehicle for a buoyant commercial market.
To work with Orbex You must be able to thrive in an international, diverse, and multicultural environment. Orbex is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is working towards a more diverse workforce in the aerospace industry.


  • Following instruction from the engineering teams to create accurate and detailed 3D models of components and assemblies of both launch vehicle and ground segment equipment, including tooling and test fixtures
  • Working closely with the Structures, Avionics and Propulsion teams to help ensure that the launch vehicle master CAD definition available in the Product Data Management system is always up to date
  • Create 2D drawings of components and assemblies to support production and/or procurement
  • Ensure all drawings and models are produced in line with Orbex manufacturing and drawing standards
  • Support in population and maintenance of BOM and Mass track

Qualifications and Skills:

  • HNC or HND in a relevant aerospace/mechanical engineering subject or apprenticeship
  • Proficient in the use of CAD (SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, NX) and in the generation of technical and production drawings in accordance with relevant standards
  • Proficient in file management systems, (PDM, TeamCentre)
  • Ability to read, understand and follow detailed schematics, drawings and instructions
  • Proactive and strong team player with excellent communication skills
  • Adaptable and able to work under pressure to tight timescales
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills (written & verbal), numeracy and IT

Essential Experience:

  • 2+ Years CAD experience in a technical engineering environment

Desirable Experience:

  • Knowledge of BS:8888
  • Understanding of GD&T
  • Demonstrated experience with detail design and verification of mechanical hardware for space systems
  • Familiarity with metallurgy, material selection and material coatings for space applications
  • Knowledge of composite materials and their associated manufacturing processes
  • Experience with mechanical and materials testing
  • Experience with cryogenic fluids
This role is based in Forres at Orbex’s headquarters.
Orbex Forres is located at the foot of the Scottish Highlands, near Inverness. It's close to the spectacular coastline, wild beaches, and amazing wildlife of the Moray Firth, as well as being a short distance from the world-famous Loch Ness, and Aviemore ski resort.
If you enjoy adventurous outdoor pursuits in extraordinary natural environments, the coast and highlands around Forres offer an ideal location.
Mountaineering, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, camping, sailing, surfing, motorbiking, and skiing are all within easy reach of our main UK factory, and many members of our team participate in adventure sports in the vast, beautiful settings of Sutherland.
If you enjoy drone flying, wildlife or landscape photography, some of the most spectacular vistas in the world are directly at your doorstep.
For the right candidate, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes:-
  • Salary of £32,000 - £40,000
  • An equity stake in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful. 
  • Cycle to work Scheme
  • 34 days of vacation per year
    Our roles need to be on-site in Scotland due to the nature of the position, export controls and security, but we are happy to sponsor visas for you and your family and provide relocation assistance as required which includes a relocation allowance and 1 month of temporary accommodation in the local area.
Due to the nature of the role, you will be required to gain BPSS clearance which includes a criminal record check.


Apply for this position

Apply with Indeed
We've received your resume. Click here to update it.
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, or .rtf (limit 5MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

Human Check*