Graduate Air Traffic Engineer




Gatwick or Edinburgh 

Reports to

Head of Engineering

The Company

Air Navigation Solutions (ANS) Limited is at the forefront of Air Traffic Management. ANS currently provides air traffic control and air traffic engineering services at, what we believe to be the most challenging air traffic environment, London Gatwick, the world’s busiest single runway airport and at Scotland’s busiest and fastest growing airport, Edinburgh. We also believe that we employ some of the very best and most capable people in the industry and together we have ambitious plans to develop a Company that represents the future of Air Traffic Control services.


As a wholly owned subsidiary of the DFS Group ANS combines the reputation, capability and security of a long-standing world-renowned global air traffic service provider with the flexibility, agility and value of a young, dynamic business.


Summary of Role

To assist in project engineering and the maintenance of current ANS air traffic management systems.

Primary Responsibilities

-Project work: assist with capturing requirements, developing test plans and help with installation, testing and transition of new systems and system upgrades.

-Conduct feasibility studies to identify possible solutions to meet requirements using existing or emerging technologies.

-Produce system architecture diagrams and documentation e.g. interface control documents and implement change to engineering processes and procedures.


Data gathering, checks, analysis, restoration, installation, testing

-Support performance checks and maintenance activities on the ATS/CNS equipment, including on-line and off-line reconfigurations and the associated withdrawal and introductions to service of equipment. 

-Analyse the status of operational safety related equipment in order to detect any potential degradation of normal operation.

-Assist in the analysis of system performance and events in support of SATE and GM responsibilities, e.g. system lifecycle analysis, 3rd party supplier performance etc.

-Support in restoring operational equipment to service as soon as practicable. 

-Gather and analyse data to determine user system requirements.

-Identify recommendations to support Asset Management decisions and participation in design reviews.

-Review of 3rd party design documentation.



-Maintain personal equipment type recency and informing the SATE of any lapse. Request electrical services, works services, building repairs, replacement equipment etc from customer departments or third-party contractors on behalf of and as directed by the SATE.

-Maintain technical records to the standards required by ANSL, the airport, CAA and other pertinent authorities. 

-Maintain the Air Traffic Engineering Watch Log and associated registers.

-Monitor technical stores, spares and tools and test equipment informing the SATE of issues in a timely manner.



-Prepare safety assurance and quality documentation.

-Participating in unit hazard identification and risk assessment activities.

-Provide input to engineering related safety investigations. 

-Attend senior management meetings and relevant ad-hoc internal meetings as requested.



-Monitor the compliance of 3rd party suppliers.

-Comply with all applicable international, European and UK CAA Regulatory Requirements, including those related to Safety Management Systems and integrate these with the requirements of the ANSP.

-The post-holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment.  Co-workers, customers and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.

-Comply to ANS UMM and related procedures (ANS Safety, Security and Quality Management Systems).

-Actively promote ANS to internal and external customers, carrying out all duties in an efficient, professional and courteous manner; clearly and effectively communicate with customers and staff.

-Demonstrate the values within the business always.

-Any other reasonable duties as requested by your Manager. 


Personal Specification



Airport or Aviation experience is useful but not essential.

Qualifications and Training

-An engineering or technology related degree or a recognised qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. electronics, computer systems etc.)

-Full UK driving licence

Competencies and Attitude

-Highly competent communicator including written communications (reports, instructions etc.).

-Strong influencing skills – capable of working with and challenging internal and external senior managers and directors. 

-Experience developing stakeholder relationships.

-Pro-active approach - able to identify areas of need and to manage outputs.

-Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail, being able to work under pressure to deadlines and prioritize activities.

-Able to respond to the needs of the business.

-A strong analyst able to quickly identify priorities in complex situations.

-Strong IT skills.

-A passion for providing a service to customers.

-Confident with ability to influence and persuade customers.

-Self-motivated with the ability to take ownership to work autonomously and use own initiative.

-Personal integrity and professionalism.


Internal Relationships

-Senior Management Team

-Operational/technical experts, project, engineering team

-Local Trade Union Representatives

-All employees and business lines

-DFS Group

External Relationships

-Customers, GAL, EAL, airlines, handling agents

-Industry stakeholders, NATS

-Regulatory Authorities, CAA

-Third Party contractors, partners and suppliers

This job description reflects the main functions of the role but from time to time the company may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to meet the needs of the business.