Military engineering group seeking to recruit 100 staff

DSB deployed in conflict zone

Stockport-based engineering group, WFEL, could recruit more than 100 staff this year linked to global instability and increased defence spending.

It said many militaries worldwide are enhancing their defence equipment capabilities as the war in Ukraine continues.

An increase in orders for military equipment manufactured by WFEL means that the company is now expanding its Mechanical Engineering Team and looking for talented and experienced professionals to join the company, to work on a variety of projects for military customers, both in the UK and worldwide.

WFEL is renowned as a key worldwide supplier of its rapidly deployed Military Bridging Systems and is also a partner in the manufacture of new BOXER Armoured Vehicles for supply to the UK MoD.

In the first instance, the company said there are four posts being recruited, including a senior post in the first tranche in the Mechanical Design Engineering Team, adding: “There will be potentially more than 100 this year in various different departments”.

WFEL, which traces its roots as a defence engineering business back to 1915, has supplied more than 600 tactical military bridge systems to 42 Armed Forces across the world for in excess of four decades, including North and Latin America, Africa, Australasia, Europe and the Far East.

Already held in inventory by the US, Australian, Turkish and Swiss Armed Forces, WFEL’s DSB Dry Support Bridge is the longest non-reinforced bridge of its class anywhere in the world. Using an innovative launching mechanism, the system is versatile and can be adapted to fit to a variety of host vehicles commonly used by Armed Forces.

ARTEC – a joint venture between two German companies, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall – has contracted to deliver more than 600 Boxer vehicles to the British Army.

These will be manufactured in the UK and WFEL has been selected as the KMW UK footprint for the Boxer programme and will deliver local content from its dedicated Boxer Armoured Vehicle manufacturing facility in Stockport.