FABRICATOR/PROTOTYPER

Employer
Brompton Bicycle
Location
Greenford, UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
14 Oct 2020

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Sector
Engineering
Contract Type
Permanent
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JOIN BROMPTON BICYCLE IN CREATING URBAN FREEDOM FOR HAPPIER LIVES!
Our purpose is to change the way people live in cities. By providing the means to commute or explore with a bike that you can take anywhere and store anywhere, we can make cities happier places to live. We want to increase people's freedom, improve their health and reduce society's impact on the environment. We make more than just a bicycle, and we are more than just a bicycle company.
We continue to make the Brompton in West London, where we started in 1975. Brompton now offers 16.5 million combinations on the bike, every one of which is still made by hand in London. It is now estimated that there are over 80,000 Brompton bikes in London. Three-time winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise, the company sells over 45,000 bikes in 44 countries around the world every year. Sales have been growing at a fast rate with the help of Brompton Junction retail stores in London, Barcelona, Munich, Beijing, Milan, Hamburg, Shanghai, Chengdu, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Kobe and we don't plan on stopping there.
We are seeking an experienced tool making fabricator to help turn concept developments into ride-able products, quickly.

This means in many cases starting from scratch to make temporary fixtures and tooling that will allow for one off test frames to small and adaptable test runs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • You will be making prototypes which will be tested for reliability and ridden by the development team. They must be first and foremost safe to do so.
  • You will also be making sample jointing methods and test pieces to prove out new methods of manufacture.
  • Work with the design team to turn concepts into test products.
  • Help in the design of adjustable fixtures allowing for differing geometries to be quickly tested
  • Manual wheel building and Prototype finalisation (full bike building) where necessary (Training can be provided).
  • Maintain jig and tooling register where required for modular fixture comportment.
  • Procurement of and stock control of tooling materials
  • Throughout your role you will mainly liaise with:
    • Design and development team
    • Workshop team
Job requirements
SKILLS
  • Proven experience in welding in thin wall Aluminium and steel
  • Experience of heat treatment and hardening an advantage.
  • brazing experience is an advantage, but raining will be provided if necessary,
  • Ability to design and make fixtures for use in rapid prototyping.
  • Ability to accurately set up temporary weld fixtures for complex frameworks and structures.
  • Ability to work Mill and lathe safely.
  • Ability to follow and where necessary create, engineering drawings for jig manufacture.
  • Experience of workshop management, material procurement and tooling control an advantage.
  • Experience of 3D printing is an advantage.
  • A sound understanding of the health and safety aspects of custom fabrication and an ability to enforce them across the team.
  • Painting and finishing skills an advantage.

QUALIFICATIONS

Recognised professional welding qualification.
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