Careers at GDS Instruments

Due to recent expansion GDS has the current vacancies.

  • Electro-mechanical Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Geotechnical Support Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer



Job Title: Electro-mechanical Engineer

Department: Production

Role Type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Hook, Hampshire


Job Description

The role of Electro-mechanical Engineer is wide-ranging and challenging. As part of the Production Team you will be heavily involved in the electro-mechanical aspects of building, repairing, testing, and calibrating of various equipment and control instrumentation within a Production /R & D environment. The role is varied and requires the appointed person to be experienced in electro-mechanical assembly and be organised, methodical, keen to handle multiple tasks and flexible in their approach to work.


Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Build fully tested products within required despatch date limitations and to the highest quality standards.
  • Carry out electro-mechanical assembly – involving sub-assemblies with mechanical parts and wiring into chassis/box builds.
  • Assemble or re-assemble various actuators (electro-mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic, from small to large) to achieve correct operation and carry out required testing.
  • Conduct electronic testing of analogue and digital circuitry according to defined schedules.
  • Fault finding on varied and often complex equipment and systems involving analogue and digital electronics.
  • Calibrating and servicing a broad range of boards, products and systems.
  • Ensure all build procedures are used, followed and updated as required to ensure standards of work are maintained.
  • Provide practical hands-on support in the full life cycle of products, documentation, servicing and repairs.
  • Install and commission equipment on, and occasionally, off site.
  • Carry out QA against company procedures prior to systems going to despatch.
  • Be fully aware of Health and Safety requirements and ensure safe working at all times within team(s).


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Practical wiring and looming experience – in addition 3-phase wiring experience.
  • Experience with linear guides, ballscrews, bearings, belts, pulleys, and similar components.
  • Good precision mechanical assembly skills.
  • Hydraulics knowledge is desirable.
  • Ideally have soldering skills on surface mount (0603) and through hole PCB.
  • The ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, circuit diagrams and schematics.
  • Good understanding and fault finding capabilities to component level would be an advantage. 
  • Ability to identify/offer problem solving solutions – in both production and R&D disciplines.
  • Knowledge of sensors & transducers (pressure / load).
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant experience.
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills.
  • General knowledge of MS office suite and operating systems.
  • Ability to use simple machine tools for minor modifications to components would be an advantage.


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Job Title: Test Engineer

Department: Production Commissioning / QA

Role Type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Hook, Hampshire


Job Description

GDS are looking for a Test Engineer to support the Production and TRP (Technical Resource Pool) teams with the commissioning, testing and calibrating of various computer controlled materials testing systems prior to full inspection. The role is varied and requires the appointed person to be flexible, methodical in approach, hands-on and very well organised.


Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Pre-QA test products within required despatch date limitations and to the highest quality standards.
  • Carry out initial commissioning, testing and full QA sign off.
  • Full system assembly and QA testing for customer orders.
  • Liaise with TRP team to develop testing capabilities for products and provide feedback to production team for possible improvements in manufacturing. 
  • Carry out QA against company procedures prior to systems going to full inspection.
  • Install and commission equipment on site and occasionally off site.
  • Evaluate and conduct repairs on varied equipment and systems - analogue and digital electronics
  • Ensure all build procedures are followed as required to ensure standards of work are maintained – report back to production on any changes which are required for future builds
  • Be fully aware of Health and Safety requirements and ensure safe working at all times within team(s).


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years’ experience within an engineering environment.
  • Good knowledge of MS office suite. 
  • An understanding of fault finding would be an advantage. 
  • Previous experience or general knowledge of sensors, transducers and electro- mechanical systems would be an advantage.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to learn in-house developed software packages.
  • Ability to think logically and problem solve software, mechanical and electrical issues.
  • The ability to independently manage time and prioritise work whilst maintaining agreed deadlines.
  • The ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and understand manuals, schematics, plans and specifications would be an advantage.
  • Forward thinking, with good planning and organisation skills.
  • Must have a high standard of housekeeping, cleanliness and tidiness.


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Job Title: Geotechnical Support Engineer

Department: TRP (Technical Resource Pool)

Role Type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Hook, Hampshire


Job Description

The role of TRP Engineer is a vital customer facing role where the engineer will be an ambassador for GDS working in the office and in customer laboratories internationally.  In addition to having a good understanding of GDS equipment and its operation the role demands a high standard of personal presentation and excellent communication skills.  The role is varied and requires the appointee to be organised, methodical, keen to handle multiple tasks and flexible in their approach to work.


Main Duties are, but are not limited to:

  • Preparation and maintenance of product manuals.
  • System assembly and QA testing for customer orders ready for shipment.
  • In-house testing and calibration of products and systems.
  • Preparation, maintenance and implementation of internal testing procedures.
  • De-bug and problem solve issues with customer systems and products both at GDS and from the field via phone/email support.
  • Recording and updating of documentation associated with QA and customer orders.
  • Supporting non-technical staff at GDS.
  • Installation of GDS equipment and the provision of any associated training at customers’ premises both internationally and in the UK.


Person Specifications:

  • Minimum graduate level Civil/Geotechnical Engineer or similar, ideally with some experience in lab testing.  Experience of writing papers or other technical literature an advantage.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills in English, both oral and written.
  • Ability to quickly learn in-house developed software packages.
  • A basic understanding and confidence to work with electronic/electrical components and systems.
  • Ability to think logically and problem solve software, mechanical and electrical issues.
  • The capability to independently manage time and prioritise work whilst maintaining agreed deadlines. 
  • A flexible approach to work and be prepared to work with any member of the team.
  • The desire to learn new ideas and concepts.
  • Experience of Microsoft office for report writing and scientific data interpretation.

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Job Title: Geotechnical Engineer

Department: Sales & Marketing

Role Type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Hook, Hampshire


Job Description

The role of Geotechnical Engineer is a vital customer-facing role where the person appointed will be an ambassador for GDS. In addition to having a good understanding of Geotechnics, laboratory testing of soils and rocks, GDS equipment and its’ operation the role demands a high standard of personal presentation and excellent communication skills. The primary focus of the role is to provide technical and geotechnical support the GDS Sales team, agent and customers. The role will be as part of our Sales team, reporting to the Sales Director, but not target driven.


Main Duties are, but are not limited to:

  • Efficiently and effectively deal with technical sales enquiries and provide technical/Geotechnical advice to the customer and the sales team where necessary.
  • Assess and understand customer requirements and propose equipment solutions to satisfy their needs.
  • Support the sales team in raising quotations to satisfy customer requirements.
  • Maximise sales of GDS equipment using a high standard of geotechnical knowledge and acquired product knowledge.
  • Support the Marketing Manager by providing up-to-date detailed technical information and relevant geotechnical content on new and existing GDS products.
  • Assist in the production of sales presentations and technical support videos.
  • Provide Geotechnical/equipment advice and support for agents through written and verbal communication.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge and experience of GDS equipment and relevant technologies and use this knowledge to convert business issues into customer solutions.
  • Maintain and improve the current GDS internal technical sales documentation.
  • Support the Sales Director from a technical perspective by attending global exhibitions and conferences.
  • Visits to customers worldwide as and when necessary.


Person specification:

  • Minimum graduate level Civil/Geotechnical Engineer or similar, ideally with some experience in lab testing preferably using GDS equipment (such as an experience Lab technician)
  • Have a good understanding and experience (practical and theoretical) of laboratory testing of soils. 
  • Highly developed communication skills – able to listen, analyse and act upon customer needs and translate those needs to colleagues
  • Be professional in your approach with the ability to liaise at all levels
  • Ability to communicate effectively and accurately in written format
  • Good generic IT skills
  • Highly motivated, self sufficient and capable of working without supervision


If you are interested in applying for any of these roles please email Denise Rogers at denise@gdsinstruments.com. NO AGENCIES.