Graduate Project Engineers

Type: Graduate
Region: South West

Job Title: Graduate Project Engineer

Location: Plymouth (PL6 7LH), onsite role with occasional UK and International travel.

Work Pattern: Monday Friday, 0815-1615, with flexible working.

Job Type: Full time, Permanent

At HQW Aerospace UK, we’re committed to nurturing talent. Situated in the vibrant city of Plymouth, surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of Cornwall, we offer not only a stimulating work environment but also a lifestyle that blends work with leisure seamlessly. With stunning beaches, vibrant culinary scenes, and a plethora of social and sporting activities, Plymouth and its surroundings provide an exceptional backdrop for both personal and professional growth.

We foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence. If you’re an Engineering Graduate ready to embark on an exciting career journey in precision engineering, we want to hear from you!

Why Join Us:

– Competitive Salary

– 25 days of paid holiday, plus bank holidays.

– Professional Development Investment from Day 1.

– Subsidised Canteen.

– Engagement and Rewards platform, with access to discounts at over 100 retailers.

– Free Parking, with electric charging points available.

Please Note:

– HQW Aerospace currently does not hold a sponsorship license. Therefore, all candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

– Due to the nature of our business, security clearance may be required.

Job Summary:

We are seeking Graduates to join our team as project engineers. You will own all aspects of a series of new product introduction projects, tracking and coordinating all aspects, from enquiry stage through to completion. The successful candidate will be highly organized, have a desire to learn in a project management role, and be able to work in a multidisciplinary team to ensure project success.

Key Responsibilities:

Develop project plans, including scope, costs, schedule, and resource allocation.

Communicate project status and updates to customers & stakeholders, including senior management.

Take ownership of project activities with cross-functional teams, including Product Engineering / Applications Managers, Manufacturing Engineers, Production, Purchasing, Quality, and Sales.

Manage project risks and develop contingency plans.

Ensure projects are completed within scope, on time, and within budget.

Identify and resolve project issues and conflicts ownership / responsibility.

Manage project documentation and maintain accurate records.


Masters/Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related subject accredited by IMechE.

Desirable Experience/Skills:

Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify and mitigate risks and issues.

Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build relationships and promote collaboration.

Proficiency in project management tools and software, including MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, CAD experience in software such as Solidworks would be desirable.

Familiarity with quality management systems, such as ISO 9001 or AS9100, is desired.

Passionate about engineering and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Adaptability/Flexibility – being open to change, quickly adjusting to new circumstances, and being able to thrive in dynamic environments.

Resilience -The capacity to bounce back from setbacks, persevere in the face of obstacles, and maintain a positive outlook.

Teamwork/Collaboration -working effectively with others, contributing ideas, and supporting team goals.

Time Management/Organisation – efficiently managing tasks, prioritising responsibilities, and meeting deadlines.

Attention to Detail – being meticulous in tasks, maintaining accuracy, and ensuring quality output.

Self-Motivation/Initiative – taking ownership of tasks, seeking out opportunities for improvement, and being proactive in pursuing goals.

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation – being able to navigate conflicts constructively, find mutually beneficial solutions, and resolve disputes.

Day to day tasks:

Liaising with functional teams to determine project lead time estimates for special projects at the enquiry stage prior to quotation.

Generating and updating project plans, identifying, and communicating critical path. Managing risk mitigation plans.

Providing frequent and regular status updates to stakeholders to ensure adherence to the project plan and where necessary timely feedback to the end customer.

Facilitating meetings with cross-functional teams.

Tracking of true project costs to feedback into the costing process, capture of the unexpected costs not originally anticipated.

Project close out reports.

Join us today and become a part of our mission to redefine the future of high-precision aerospace engineering. Apply now to embark on an extraordinary career journey with HQW Aerospace.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

At HQW Aerospace UK, we are committed to fostering a workplace that values and respects the diversity of all individuals. We believe that embracing equality, diversity, and inclusion is not only the right thing to do but also essential for driving innovation, creativity, and success in our future endeavours.


We are dedicated to promoting equality in every aspect of our operations. Regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or any other characteristic, every member of our team at HQW Aerospace UK deserves equal opportunities for advancement, recognition, and success. We are committed to creating a level playing field where merit and talent are the sole determinants of success.


We celebrate the rich tapestry of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences that each individual brings to HQW Aerospace UK. Our strength lies in our diversity, and we recognise that embracing diverse viewpoints is critical for driving innovation and problem-solving in our industry. We actively seek to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and the customers we support.


Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at HQW Aerospace. We strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their best work. We are committed to providing a supportive and welcoming workplace culture that fosters collaboration, open communication, and mutual respect. We actively challenge biases, address inequities, and champion inclusive practices at all levels of our organisation.

Our Commitment:

– We will continue to invest in ED&I training and education for all employees at HQW Aerospace UK to promote awareness, understanding, and empathy.

– We will regularly review our policies, procedures, and practices to ensure they are inclusive and free from bias.

– We will actively seek feedback from our employees and stakeholders at HQW Aerospace UK to identify areas for improvement and measure our progress.

– We will hold ourselves accountable for creating a workplace where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Together, we are committed to building a company culture at HQW Aerospace UK that embraces equality, celebrates diversity, and fosters inclusion. By working together with respect, empathy, and openness, we will drive positive change both within our organisation and across our industry.

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