Ultrasonic Sciences is a small, privately owned and UK registered company. Our staff are dedicated and experienced people with a wide range of skills and disciplines. Many of them have been with USL for more than 10 years. We have mechanical designers, electrical and electronics designers, assembly engineers and technicians, software developers and service engineers. One thing we do not have is a top heavy administration. We expect and encourage staff to be adaptable and multi-disciplinary, to the best of their ability.

The environment at USL is very rare in that our staff see the development of a complete testing machine from its inception and design, through fabrication, assembly, commissioning, delivery and installation through to long term support. Bare metal and basic parts come in to the receiving bay (not that we have such a thing!) and a complete machine exits the factory for delivery to the end user.

Systems based on robotic mechanisms are one exception to this. If a robot based system is applicable to a project and can be economically applied then we use a standard "off-the-shelf" robot mechanism. Having said that the complete system integration is done by us. Also the robotic motion control is developed by USL, because the standard controllers are not suitable for high speed scanning.

USL systems are installed around the world, so there is plenty of opportunity for travel.

Careers at Ultrasonic Sciences

Careers at Ultrasonic Sciences

Careers at Ultrasonic Sciences

Careers at Ultrasonic Sciences


Light Electrical Prototype Wireman

A Vacancy has arisen in our electrical department for an experienced Wireman. Based in Aldershot, Hampshire; Ultrasonic Sciences Ltd design and build a wide range of bespoke automated testing machines which use ultrasound to test advanced engineering components for example wing panels, engine cowlings and turbine blades for aircraft.

Machines vary in size from desktop systems to over 30 metres long and are supplied to customers all over the world. Our machines operate for long periods with minimal downtime and maintenance and as such are built to a very high standard.

The Job

The work involves wiring of sub-assemblies, racks and complete machines. This includes some light mechanical assembly. All work is carried out indoors in our manufacturing facility in Aldershot.

  • Preparation of wires and cables ranging from low voltage, fine gauge co-axial cables e.g. RG178 up to medium voltage higher current multi-core robotic grade cables e.g. 440V AC, 10 Amps, 10 cores at 2.5mm cross-section. Preparation includes cutting to length, removing outer jacket etc. and stripping individual wires in preparation for crimping.
  • Termination of wires using crimping, soldering, screw terminations etc.
  • Installation of wires and cables. This involves fitting cables into place, making necessary connections and securing down.
  • Testing - Installed wiring must be checked against wiring schedule so need to be familiar with continuity testing would be helpful.
Skills & Capabilities Required

Ability to follow documentation such as wiring lists, wiring drawings and sketches. Information will not always be complete so problem solving skills are essential along with requesting assistance from colleagues.

Use of light hand tools - screwdrivers, spanners, hacksaws, files and vices.

Must be able to work safely at heights of up to 5 metres from platforms and ladders. Some physical strength, agility and good physical stamina are necessary. Good colour vision is essential.

Reasonable command of English including technical language associated with this area of work.

Must be able to work efficiently to high quality standards without the need of close supervision.

This role requires you to be flexible and assist with other work if occasion necessitates.

No specific qualifications required although having completed a recognised apprenticeship would be an advantage.

Terms of Employment

37.5 hours per week.

Flexible and/or overtime possible subject to prior agreement.

20 days paid holiday plus public holidays

3 month probation period

Annual discretionary bonus


Applicants should send their CV and a covering note to

Software Engineer

We have a vacancy for a software engineer to support the existing programs on our current machines and to write software for new projects. Candidates should be proficient in C++ and have experience in one or more of the following:

  • Control of multi axis DC servo mechanisms
  • Robotic control
  • Imaging and image processing
  • General machine control

In addition, some practical electronics and electrical experience will be useful as will exposure to the non-destructive testing industry. The position will involve international travel, mainly in Europe, Asia, Pacific Rim and USA - sometimes this will be at short notice. You will be involved in installation and commissioning of new machines and then training of operators and support staff at our customer sites. You must be a fluent English speaker and moderate fluency in another language would be an advantage. Education to Degree level and some post graduate experience in a scientific or engineering discipline is beneficial but is not essential given the right candidate.

At USL you will be given reasonable autonomy working within general guidelines and you will be able to see your work result in a real working machine. The salary is negotiable according to qualiifications and experience up to £35/40k.

Applicants should send their CV and a covering note to