ARA open day – don’t miss out on a new career

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Looking for a new career? Don’t miss your chance to join us behind the scenes at Bedford’s aerospace champion, ARA Ltd. We are recruiting talented people to join the team, delivering a unique range of services to clients around the world.

From being responsible for the powerful machinery that makes its Transonic Wind Tunnel go, to designing the models which will be tested at speeds so fast they generate shockwaves, there are a fantastic range of world-class careers available with us.

Keep reading to find out more about some of the roles ARA is recruiting for and details of how to book your place at our recruitment event on Wednesday, 18 October.

Read: Bedford aerospace research and development champion is holding a recruitment event this month

“Behind every role is an individual who our business relies on and as a result, we put our people first.”

ARA would not exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort so we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative and inclusive teamwork, and give everyone the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.

Working at ARA will give you the opportunity to work with brilliant colleagues on world-class projects at the cutting edge of aerospace research.

We have several exciting vacancies which we are currently recruiting for and feature a few of them here.

Infrastructure Project Managers

Our Infrastructure Project Managers lead the successful delivery of infrastructure development projects critical to ARA’s future.

Working to understand our business requirements and ensure our projects are well-founded before they begin is a critical part of the role. The Infrastructure PM acts as the prime point of contact with project sponsors and internal client representatives, equipment and service providers, and subcontractors.

This role demands creativity with excellent project management, problem-solving and interpersonal skills and a mature, confident sensibility.

Mechanical and Electrical Technicians

Our Mechanical and Electrical Technicians work as part of our Engineering Services team and are responsible for the maintenance of our plant – much of which is vital to keeping one of the most important wind tunnel facilities in the UK up and running.

The roles include carrying out planned inspections and maintenance of equipment; fault-finding and emergency repairs; operating and monitoring as well as installing and commissioning of plant; and leading continuous improvement projects to make our operations more reliable and efficient. This role requires a positive attitude, flexible thinking and great team-working.

Metal Model Technicians

Our Metal Model Technicians are highly skilled individuals working within our Design and Manufacture team creating high-value components and assemblies which are used in aerospace tests at ARA and around the world.

This is a varied role requiring multiple skills including CNC programming, setting and operating; bench fitting of components and assemblies; and an understanding of complementary skills such as EDM and turning.

This role requires flexibility and effective team-working along with a desire to learn new skills.

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Other vacancies

We also have several more vacancies which we are currently recruiting for including:

  • Senior and Principal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Fitting and Inspection Manager

Vacancy types (role dependent): permanent, full/part-time and shift working; flexible working

Open day – Wednesday 18 October 4pm – 8pm

Come along to our open day on Wednesday 18 October from 4pm to 8pm at the ARA Sports and Social Club at the end of Manton Lane in Bedford (MK41 7PF). You will be able to take a tour of our facilities and have a chance to meet some of our engineers.

To book your place please email us with your CV at and to see all our available roles please visit:
We are looking forward to meeting you.

No agencies or suppliers, please.

This is a paid partnership with ARA