Producing the equipment that prevents aircraft either hitting the ground or hitting each other, Trig Avionics is making big things happen – and they need more hands on deck.
Trig Avionics is where the next generation of avionics technology is being produced, exporting to 42 countries from their base in Edinburgh.
And as they invest in creating the next generation of Trig-educated engineers thanks to a partnership with Heriot-Watt university, they’re on the hunt for the brightest, and most ambitious, lead engineers to help them grow even more.
Trig’s CEO Andy Davis started the firm back in 2004. An entrepreneur and pilot, he set out to produce a solid state and energy efficient Mode S transponder - a radio beacon that identifies an aircraft to ground radar, and to airborne collision avoidance systems – leading them into a business creating products enhance flight safety for pilots and passengers.
Today they export to 42 countries around the world, selling their products through a network of over 600 approved Trig Dealers. Most those are small independent maintenance facilities - scattered around municipal and private airfields across the globe.
Frances Thomson, head of engineering at Trig, said: “One of the great things about Trig is that engineers that come here develop their experience. They get involved in a whole range of different tasks, around product development and design.
“We’ve got a very successful graduate engineering programme which has been fantastic. They are accelerating their experience here at Trig in a way you wouldn’t see in other companies, because of the way we work and the projects they’re involved with.”
There are few companies who are able to design and manufacture the next generation of avionics technology to the tolerances and performance standards required today.
The US government has invested billions of dollars in a network that will eventually replace air traffic ground radar. In the future, pilots will use their transponder to report their position to other aircraft and also have the facility to see other aircraft on a cockpit display. This will allow aircraft to operate more safely in crowded skies.
And when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wanted to test their entire ground infrastructure, they turned to Trig for the equipment and expertise- a point of massive pride for the team.
Trig Avionics were also the first company in the world to certify a transponder to the latest U.S. transponder standard TSO-C166b back in 2013, a Scottish company beating the Americans to the start line.
Andy Davis, Trig CEO, said: “The real growth that we have, as a company, requires us to build up our lead engineering expertise. We’re looking for people to bring transferable skills into engineering, maybe from other allied engineering areas.