PFD Operator

Magellan Aerospace
Date advertised:
Job details:

Magellan Aerospace has an exciting opportunity for a PFD Operator in Wrexham on a full-time permanent basis. This role will be based on a 24/7 shift pattern – 12-hour days and nights.

The job requires standard PPE to be worn at all times while on site.

Essential responsibilities:

  • The job holder will be responsible to the NDT Level 2 for technical/NDT inspection matters only
  • The job holder is not responsible for subordinates but will assist in the training and development of PFD Operators as required
  • The job requires the job holder to work on their own initiative with respect to work issued and requires little supervision unless instructed
  • The PFD Operator is responsible for the NDT testing of aircraft parts to customer specifications. This involves the interpretation and operation of test methods and calibration of equipment in order to achieve accurate results to certify the parts. Failure to do so may result in defected parts entering service, which may cause disruption and lead to aircraft failure, as well as financial loss to the business
  • The PFD Operator has responsibility for cross-checking that all of the prior operations have been completed (signed off/stamped) prior to any NDT testing. If this is not the case, the job holder is responsible for escalating the issue to the Line Manager
  • The job holder is responsible for identifying any failures with parts, completion of non-conformance reports (NCRs) and escalating to the Line Manager for rectification work
  • The job requires a high degree of concentration in order to interpret test results and to evaluate discontinuities correctly.



  • A basic level of education, with a minimum of two years’ experience gained on the job, and training in NDT equipment within the aerospace industry.

Professional accreditations:

  • Qualified to Level 2 in penetrant testing and/or magnetic testing in the aerospace sector.


  • Sufficient knowledge of the scope and limitations of the test methods being undertaken
  • The ability to apply detailed techniques to products within the limits of their qualifications
  • IT skills to access specifications from a dedicated computer system.

Key competencies:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good decision-making skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • The ability to multitask.

Other skills/abilities:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good hand-to-eye coordination
  • Good reporting skills
  • A high degree of concentration and judgement in determining and interpreting results to specifications
  • Good decision-making skills with respect to defective parts and the ability to be able to identify and evaluate discontinuities
  • The ability to carry out limited manual handling of heavy parts without the use of mechanical aids
  • The ability to work either days or nights on a regular basis, with the possibility of being required to work shifts. The job does not require out-of-hours working or working away from home.

Personal attributes:

  • Good communication skills are essential. The job requires the job holder to communicate both verbally and in writing in a clear and precise manner. Communication is required with the Line Manager and other departmental staff. There will be infrequent communication with customers who request information as to why parts have been rejected.


  • A company culture that promotes work-life balance
  • Access to mental health support
  • A business performance-related bonus
  • Career development opportunities
  • Commitment to continued learning and development
  • Perkbox, which includes monthly treats and discounts from selected restaurants, cinemas, shops, etc
  • Long-service awards
  • Enhanced holiday entitlement based on length of service
  • Free parking.


Contact details:

Recruitment Team, Magellan Aerospace, Rackery Lane, Llay, Wrexham LL12 0PB
T / +44 (0)1978 852101
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