Research Engineer: PLM Design Methodology for IoT (KTP)

Cranfield University
19 Mar 2017
18 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Research Engineer: PLM Design Methodology for IoT (KTP)

(2 Year Fixed Term Contract)

£25,000 to £32,000 per annum

Location: Silverstone, Towcester

An exciting opportunity to work as a Research Engineer has arisen as part of a 24-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between Cranfield University and Design Rule Ltd., with a potential to be working as a full PLM consultant in the company thereafter. Design Rule Ltd is a British company located at Silverstone Technology Park which has been providing Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) services to industries throughout the world for over 20 years. This is a real life project that offers the opportunity to take on research challenges in manufacturing to support UK industry. The successful candidates will become one of two KTP Associates involved in the project and they will also enjoy a personal £2,000/annum development budget. You shall also be encouraged to register for a higher qualification at Cranfield University.

As a KTP Associate, you will work in conjunction with the Through-life Engineering Services Centre in the Manufacturing Department at Cranfield University. The mission of the Centre is to develop knowledge, technology and process demonstrators, novel methodologies, techniques and the associated toolsets to allow the concept design of high value engineering systems based on design and manufacturing for through-life engineering services. You will also have the opportunity to utilise the Digital Services Engineering Lab.

Design Rule offer Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) consultancy services and develop Computer Aided Design (CAD) and PLM software. It is strategically placed and keen to continue its company growth pattern by elevating its current offering to accommodate an innovative closed loop PLM for Industry 4.0, obtaining the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data management technologies within a PLM framework.

KTP Project Details:

For a company to transition to selling products as a service it is important to obtain an understanding of how the products are being used and to obtain a proactive notice of possible problems before they actually occur. IoT and Big Data provide excellent platforms to enable this as sensors can be combined with products that are connected to the Internet to stream large quantities of relevant data back to the company.

This raises a number of issues: How do you design your products to make the best use of this new capability and, when they are in service, how do you make sense of the data coming back to enable better design next time around?

The aim of this project is to provide within a PLM framework a fully closed loop lifecycle for IoT enabled products to make sure that:

1) Designing your products to make the most of the possible capabilities of Internet connected products to meet your business needs

2) Using the data coming back from your IoT enabled products you interpret it in a way that allows your engineers to design better products next time around.

To achieve this closed loop aim you will work as part of a tightly integrated 2-person team, with you focusing on the PLM design methodology for IoT enabled devices and the other Associate focusing on big data analysis and visualisation to allow effective IoT product design feedback.

Candidate Requirements:

You will have a background in mechanical, electrical engineering or computer science with some experience in IoT or IoT enabled products. You will hold, at the minimum, a MSc. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one year of industrial experience. Essential for this position is practical engineering methodologies, product design, data analysis experience with knowledge or experience of IoT. You will have the skills necessary to design and conduct experimental studies, be a clear and persuasive communicator (both written and verbally), and have good team working skills. It is important that you are self-motivated, have a confident manner, can cope with high pressure situations, and have a cool, calm and analytical approach.

You will build on a heritage of excellence and become a key team member at Design Rule Ltd. Engagement and working with clients and customers is actively encouraged from the outset. Access to Design Rule Ltd’s prestigious links and Cranfield’s far-reaching influence will place you in an ideal position to launch your ideas and career across a global network. To this end Design Rule Ltd aims to continue the employment of the successful candidate as full PLM consultants on successful competition of the 24-month project.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 9 April 2017