Mechanical Engineering Design Draughtsperson

£28,200 per annum
15 Apr 2017
15 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Mechanical Engineering Design Draughtsperson (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

Salary -£28,200 per annum

About the Role:

We seek a talented Mechanical Engineering Design Draughtsperson to help drive further innovation, development and commercialisation of our current and future microfluidic sensor technologies and other oceanographic sensing and sampling equipment. Working as a member of the mechanical design office, you will be part of an existing wider team of forty research staff, engineering staff and graduate students equipped with world class fabrication, testing and design facilities together with instrumentation and analytical laboratories and access to sea going and polar research logistics.

You will make full use of your knowledge of engineering materials and their properties along with your skills in classical and computer aided design, analysis and simulation to take a responsible role in ensuring that designs are optimised and fit for purpose in the demanding and hostile marine environment. Your work will encompass the complete design and development cycle from rudimentary concept (prototyping, detail design, production of engineering drawings and parts lists, build and test) through to deployable systems that you may have opportunity to support at sea or at other field locations as part of a commissioning team.

You will work closely with OTEG's Electronics and Software, Multidisciplinary and Analytical Science teams and you will be expected to share your mechanical experience with, and offer support to, these teams to maintain a fully integrated development group. Similarly, you will take full advantage of the wider expertise in the group to enhance your own work through a broader understanding and appreciation of OTEG's wider remit.

This is a fixed term appointment, available for three years offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a Band 6 position and the starting salary will be £28,200 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Please note, we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.

Hours of Work:

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you:

We seek applicants who can demonstrate a track record of innovative, elegant design solutions for a range of applications using the latest research and computer aided design and analysis. You will have a broad spectrum of skills and have a flexible approach, demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex problems and to quickly master new techniques. Competence in the use of Autodesk Inventor 2015 or a very similar 3D solid modelling CAD package with a proven ability to produce accurate and high quality engineering detail drawings is essential. Demonstrable experience in the design of pressure tolerant and corrosion resistant devices for the marine environment would be a distinct advantage. An HNC/HND or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline together with significant relevant work experience is essential.

What we can offer you:

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including an RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK's leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community

You will work within the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG) which has a mission to develop new and innovative technologies in support of marine and environmental science. The group consists of a motivated and vibrant multidisciplinary team of staff and students including mechanical, electronic and system engineers as well as chemists, biologists and analytical specialists. We have an international reputation for sensor development and microfluidics and have a strategic research partnership with the University of Southampton. We are the first group to routinely deploy microfluidic technology in support of environmental science. We are actively commercialising our technologies.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Kevin Saw.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN - a scheme that recognises excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

The NOC is committed to making the NOC 'a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work'. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees' work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC's Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

How to apply:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at Via the 'Apply Now' button quoting reference number IRC240901. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone.

Closing date: 14th May 2017

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place at the beginning if June.