MAIT Engineer | Delft



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Aerospace plays a crucial role in the daily lives of everyone on Earth. Communication, navigation and observation satellites as well as their innovative information systems, terminals and high-tech instruments are becoming a unique part of our planet's infrastructure. In your role as MAIT/AIV (Manufacturing Assembly Integration and Testing / Alignment Integration Verification) Engineer you will be responsable for activities like the purchase, production and inspection of components, the assembly and integration of instruments and the testing of assemblies and finished products. You will be a member of the project team, reporting to the MAIT Manager and working together with other MAIT Engineering colleagues. Next to that you will be working with leading international partners and customers such as ESA, ESO, Airbus DS and many others. The projects are multidisciplinary and involve TNO specialists in the fields of optics, mechanics, mechatronics and production. Projects range from €500k to €5Mln and run for several years.

In the role of MAIT Engineer you are working in complex projects for developing and creating optomechanical instruments for aerospace and scientific applications. Within the projects, you will help develop, assemble and integrate components of these instruments in a cleanroom or laboratory environment. Because you and your colleagues are constantly trying to make the seemingly impossible possible, it takes a lot of your creativity to create a pragmatic and precise procedure for things that have never been done or developed before. Meaning you will be trying to solve complex puzzles on a daily basis. Due to this, you can put your personal mark on the projects and really make a difference.

You will be involved with the project from start to finish. Starting with involvement in design, looking at manufacturability and testability followed by procurement and inspection of materials and parts until delivery of the product to the customer. Since you are fairly new to the position, you will be teamed up with a more experienced MAIT Engineer – and/or Manager to get acquainted with the position and the ways of working within TNO. In these aspects of the job, you can also put your own signature on the projects. We value colleagues that show initiative in thinking outside the box in order to come up with new solutions, ways of working or pragmatic processes.

What do we require of you?

Because we are working on cutting edge technology in a high demanding environment, we are always pushing the limits of technology. We are looking for a driven and passionate colleague to join our team. Furthermore you recognise yourself in most of the points stated below.

You have: 
  • A technical background in, for instance: manufacturing, aerospace - electrical or mechanical engineering;
  • relevant experience as an MAIT/ AIV Engineer or instrument manufacturer;
  • common sense and straight forward approach when looking at technical challenges;
  • experience with working in cleanrooms and perception of cleanliness levels for optomechanical parts;
  • experience with testing of assemblies and or instruments (preferably);
  • experience in working with CAD (preferably);
  • understanding of the English and Dutch language.

What can you expect of your work situation?

The Space Systems Engineering department within TNO develops and supplies optomechatronic instruments and systems for aerospace, ground-based astronomy and scientific research. The demands placed on these systems are generally challenging the limits of technology. Creating such instruments therefore calls for a thorough project organisation, in which experts in the fields of optics, mechatronics, manufacturing and testing work together in a multidisciplinary setting to achieve the desired result. As MAIT / AIV engineer you are part of this department.

What can TNO offer you?

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes.
TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career.

Application process

The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Paul Verschoor
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-29236794

Hiring manager: Ton Maree
Phone number: 08886 61239

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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