Controlling aircraft is just one part of our business. To ensure we maintain our position as a world leader in the provision of ATC services we look for the very best and talented recruits for our engineering teams.

And while James Dyson might bemoan the lack of good quality UK engineering graduates for his business, our experience is that competition for places on our world class training schemes is always extremely tough, with lots of high quality candidates.

And you don’t have to be a graduate to start on an engineering career with NATS.

We are just beginning the new round of recruitment and careers fairs where we will be casting our net for the best candidates to join one of our recruitment schemes.

We have engineers in a wide range of specialist fields in NATS, including:

  • Systems Engineers responsible for designing, maintaining and upgrading many of our current and future assets.
  • Software Engineers build new solutions based on information provided by Systems Engineers.
  • Test Engineers rigorously check new systems to ensure that they are completely safe before they become operational.
  • Integration Engineers  connect new systems to existing and legacy systems without loss of service.
  • Systems Safety Engineers provide safety management and assurance support to projects.

We are now looking for our next generation of engineers to join our graduate scheme, our engineering technician scheme or our industrial placement programme.

The graduate scheme will give you first-class technical and interpersonal skills, invaluable hands-on experience of an advanced engineering environment, a broad industry exposure and a well-rounded knowledge of Air Traffic Control. We also have an industrial placement scheme for those on a sandwich course looking for a year in industry.

But you don’t have to be a graduate to be an engineer with NATS – we also like to bring new engineers into our business through our engineering technician scheme so we can train them up to be our air traffic control engineers of the future.

Our engineering recruitment process is open now – it runs from October to mid-January. However, we do encourage people to apply as early as possible, because places are limited.

If you want to know more you can find us at the following university careers fairs too (times vary):

  • October 9 – Reading
  • October 10 – Surrey
  • October 11-12 – National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition, London Olympia
  • October 22 – Loughborough
  • October 23 – Bristol
  • November 6 – Portsmouth
  • November 26 – Portsmouth

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