Sustaining/Component Engineer

Industrious Recruitment
Milton Keynes
10 Mar 2018
14 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job: Sustaining/Component Engineer

Location: Milton Keynes

Salary: Competitive

My client is looking for an experienced Sustaining/Component Engineer to join their expanding team.

Main Function of the Job

This role is a post-development support position. The primary functions of the Sustaining /Component Engineer are to maintain our clients existing product portfolio by redesigning legacy products where necessary to ensure production continues smoothly as well as maintaining the component database.

Job Specification

·Provide technical support to our manufacturing facilities in China and the UK.

·Work with the Quality department to highlight common faults and redesign the product before failure occurs.

·Redesign legacy products after a failure occurs in the customer’s application.

·Conduct detailed failure analysis.

·Solve complex technical/commercial issues, working closely with all engineering disciplines within the company.

·Put corrective actions in place to improvequality and reliability.

·Write detailed and accurate technical reports.

·Update documentation, drawings and BOM listings as required.

·Conduct application based testing for the customer as required by the Business Development department.

·Redesign the product to reduce manufacturing and materials costs while maintaining product quality.

·Conduct laboratory based testing, working to internal and external standards with a high degree of accuracy.

·Maintain project plans and report on the progress of project work as requested by the section manager.

·Work with the Engineering team to meet the targets outlined.

·Take part in design reviews and be involved in the technical decision making process.

·Work to actively improve the company’s technical capabilities and systems.

·Provide technical support to other departments as required.

·Keep up-to-date status logs of tasks that are in progress. Ensure the systems used for this purpose are maintained and are effective.

·Source suitable alternatives to components where required.

·Redesign and requalify products where an alternative component is required but a suitable equivalent is not available.

·Assess component manufacturer’s PCNs and their impact on the product they are used on, following up with further action where necessary.

·Work with Process Engineer to obtain RoHS compliance data for components.

·Assist design engineers with second sourcing components for new designs.

·Liaise with component manufacturers’ technical departments to obtain further data if required.

Personal Attributes

To effectively perform the duties of a Sustaining Engineer, individuals must be able to demonstrate a number of competencies that are essential to the position, which include:


·Formal qualification equivalent to UK degree level in electronics or related discipline. Candidates with equivalent experience may be considered.

·Three years’ experience in analogue electronics, preferably power electronics.

·Have a sound theoretical understanding of analogue electronics.

·Have experience of conducting laboratory based testing and have an understanding of measurement techniques.

·Be willing to travel worldwide as required.

·Have knowledge of manufacturing methods used in the electronics industry.

·Have experience of working with defined project costs.

·Have the ability to multi-task and cope with a degree of pressure in a professional engineering environment.

·Ability to work accurately to defined timescales.

·IT literate.

·Able to work in a team effectively while being self-motivated.

·Be a proactive and good communicator to drive projects to timely completion.

·Knowledge of active and passive electronic components used in electronic power converters.


·Familiar with modern power conversion design techniques applicable to DC/DC converters up to 100W.

·Three years’ previous experience in a similar role, Sustaining Engineering, post-development support, failure analysis, etc.

·Experience of failure analysis tools and techniques.

·Experience designing electronic components for volume manufacturing.

·Knowledge of UL safety standards.

·Understanding of TQM tools, such as fishbone diagrams, FMEA, fault trees, etc.

·Formal Six-Sigma qualification.

·Knowledge of Automotive qualification standards (AEC) and tin whiskering phenomenon.

·Awareness of latest industry environmental directives such as RoHS, REACH and Halogen free.

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