Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Tiger Resourcing Solutions Limited
Reading, UK
26 Jul 2019
08 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Our client is seeking a Senior Mechanical Engineer with proven history in the mechanical design & development of components, sub-systems and complete products from concept through to release for manufacture. This includes supporting products in manufacture and deployment. Main components typically include injection moulded and pressure diecast, sheet metal housings, electronic enclosures, PCBA packaging, custom cables, labels and fittings.Experience in the design and analysis of static and dynamic equipment, deployed within exposed and harsh environments would be a distinct advantage.

Reporting into the Director of Mechanical Engineering the Senior Mechanical Engineer is expected to manage their own day to day work schedule, mentor and support junior members of the department and to act as a mechanical advisor to other disciplines within the organisation.

The Senior Mechanical Design Engineer is expected to bring a high degree of creativity and problem-solving capability, to think outside the box for innovative solutions to questions in the design, characterization, and mass production of cost-effective Satcom terminals.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage all mechanical aspects within development projects
  • Manage Mechanical project time scales and plans
  • Manage and control mechanical development and product costs
  • Ensure selection of appropriate methods and technology for product design
  • Identify Risks & mitigation plans, actively following through on mitigation actions
  • Ensure the mechanical design will deliver the correct level of functionality & performance in a cost-effective manner.
  • Work to ensure the design is robust, manufacturable and meets cost targets
  • Ensure that rigorous mechanical design verification processes are employed
  • Test strategy à Test Plan à Prototype testing à AOD design verification testing à ATS testing
  • Ensure that the development follows suitable design procedures as defined by the PRP and ensure all necessary deliverables are in place to pass through the various control gates.
  • Support other areas of product development as necessary
  • Provide timely responses to questions & issues raised
  • Visit design & manufacturing sites on an "as-needs" basis
  • Negotiate & obtain the support of other Systems resources to assist as required.
  • Participate in preparing the specifications relating to a given product
  • Maintain strong departmental and inter-departmental communications and ensure that appropriate people are aware of the impact of mechanical design issues
  • Maintain personal mechanical knowledge base
  • Keep in touch with emerging technologies, materials, technical obsolescence, changes in design practices and tools
  • Be aware of main competitor's products & features and how the mechanics have been designed to offer the various features
  • Actively pursue Total Quality Management at the personal and departmental level
  • Assist Director of Mechanical Engineering to constantly improve mechanical design processes, with resource management of department, to manage sub-contract mechanical design resource (Internal/3rd Party)
  • To provide mentoring to junior members of the department
  • Auditing of suppliers to offer engineering input as part of Supply Chain Supplier Selection Process
  • Deputise for Director of Mechanical Engineering when required
  • Assist CAD System Manager with administration of SolidWorks CAD & PDM System
  • Documentation of Processes and Ways of Working
  • Organise teams of Mechanical Engineers in projects if required (Internal/3rd Party)
  • Review and sign off the work of Mechanical Engineers in the team if required.
  • Communicate with suppliers and EMS providers

Skills and/or Experience Needed:
  • HND/Degree qualified with extensive experience in Mechanical Design Engineering
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience of which at least 5 years should be within the design environment.
  • Engineering Materials and their properties
  • Plastic Injection moulding and tooling
  • Aluminium die casting and tooling
  • Electronics packaging
  • 3D CAD tools and PDM systems (SolidWorks preferred)
  • Dynamics and Structural analyses using hand calculations and Finite Element Analysis methods
  • Thermal management at both PCBA and Product levels
  • Prototype Modelling Techniques
  • Design for manufacture & assembly & Lean Manufacturing Techniques
  • Failure Mode & Effect Analysis
  • Experience of tooling & component cost estimation
  • Experience of vendor / EMS discussions
  • Experience of ECO & drawing control systems
  • BS8888 drawing standards
  • Tolerance analysis and application of GD&T
  • Excellent communication and listening skills, team player
  • Presenting own and others work at design and program reviews
  • Strong drive to close issues & to achieving the best combined solution

Other Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate calmly in a well thought out response, verbal and written
  • Must have substantial problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to effectively present information in team meetings and design reviews as needed
  • Ability for international travel on request (occasional).

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