Sustaining/Component Engineer

Industrious Recruitment
Milton Keynes
14 Apr 2018
20 Apr 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 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 improve quality 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

• 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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