Graduate Quality Engineer

Type: Graduate
Region: South West

HQW Aerospace is a world-renowned manufacturer of super precision bearings, pushing the boundaries of innovation and precision engineering for over 75 years. 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 Description:

Reporting into the Quality team, the Graduate Quality Engineering role is an exciting opportunity for an Engineer at the start of their career to gain experience with multiple Quality, Engineering and Production processes in an AS9100 environment whilst actively contributing to the companys goals.Working on products for multiple Aerospace, Space and Defence markets, with customers such as you will support customers such as Rolls Royce, MBDA, Safran, NASA and Thales

Key Responsibilities:

Leverage your academic foundation to tackle real-world quality issues in complex projects.

Be a problem-solver with a curious mind, actively identifying and implementing solutions for deviations from quality specifications.

Partner with shop floor production to identify and drive continuous improvement, ensuring processes align with established quality specifications.

Develop and define measurable quality specifications for product design, collaborating with design & manufacturing teams.

Assist with internal and external audits, including supplier audits, verifying adherence to quality specifications across the supply chain.

Develop metrology approaches for parts and analyze results to ensure conformance to quality specifications.

Champion best practices and implement them across the company, promoting a culture of quality throughout the organization.


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


Effective communication, both verbal and written, is essential for conveying ideas clearly, building relationships, and resolving conflicts.

Problem Solving – the ability to analyse complex situations, identify issues, and develop practical solutions.

Critical thinking – being able to evaluate information objectively, make reasoned judgments, and consider different perspectives.

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.

Creativity/Innovation – generating novel ideas, thinking outside the box, and finding unconventional solutions highlight both aptitude in creativity and a forward-thinking attitude.

Tech-Savviness – proficiency with technology tools and platforms.

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.

Join Our Team:

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.

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