Senior Mechanical Engineer

Kite Power Systems Ltd
30 Nov 2017
02 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Company Description Kite Power Systems (KPS) is a UK based developer of disruptive, low-cost, wind energy technology whose main shareholders are E.ON, Schlumberger, Shell Technology Ventures and Scottish Enterprise. The KPS power system has two kites that are flown as high as 1,500 feet (450 m); their tether is attached to a winch system that generates electricity as it spools out. By achieving flight speeds of up to 100 mph (45 m/s) in 20mph (9m/s) winds, the kite’s tether tension causes the line to rapidly spool out from a drum, which drives a generator producing electricity. The company is based in Glasgow with test facilities in the south-west of Scotland. Job Description Kite Power Systems are recruiting a Senior Mechanical Engineer as Head of Ground Systems within the KPS Engineering Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the design and delivery of various systems which make up Ground Systems, including the winch, drivetrain, slewing platform, and electrical generating station. The Head of Ground Systems will bring significant experience of designing industrial platforms, as well as extensive practical knowledge, and will integrate this into a multidisciplinary team. This is a rare opportunity to work on a distinctive R&D project developing a significant new wind energy technology. Role and Responsibilities Management of the KPS Ground Systems team Leading the innovative design and upgrading of all KPS ground systems including the winch, drivetrain, and slewing platform Sign-off responsibility to show legal compliance for ground systems Lead the development of commissioning plans for ground systems Lead structural analysis of design Lead future concept and detailed design processes for Ground Systems Incorporate CDM from the early stages of designs Establish design load cases Lead comparison and selection of materials and build methods for Ground Systems Producing detailed engineering reports Preparation of 3D and 2D drawings Working closely with a multi-disciplinary team Liaising with manufacturers & subcontractors Maintaining parts lists, design records, Bills of Materials etc Required Skills Degree in mechanical engineering (or equivalent experience) Minimum 10 years’ experience working in a relevant field Currently holds Chartered Engineer status Has significant practical experience and can mentor junior members of staff Thorough knowledge of, and experience working under, UK legal requirements including CDM, Machinery Directive, Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) Has previously acted as sign-off on mechanical designs Experience working in SOLIDWORKS or similar package Has designed for manufacture In depth knowledge of mechanical and electrical (LV and MV) systems Experience leading design teams and reporting progress Excellent English communication skills – verbal and written Ability to quickly integrate into a multidisciplinary team Experience liaising with supply chain Desired Skills Experience of establishing design load cases and familiarity with IEC-61400 (or equivalent) codes Experience in design, production, and commissioning of industrial hydraulic systems Recognised competence based qualification in hydraulic engineering, or other relevant hydraulics qualifications and experience Good knowledge of analysis packages including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Experience in innovative product design and production Full driving license Benefits 25 days annual leave per year, plus bank holidays Pensions scheme with up to 10% employer contribution Share Option Scheme