Mechanical Design Engineer

Ref: 599| Posted: 12th Jun 2018

This vacancy is now closed

My client in Southampton is looking to add a Mechanical Design Engineer to their team on a permanent basis.

You will join the team on a full time basis although flexible working is available with core hours between 10am and 3.30 pm. In return, you will receive a salary of £35-45,000 per annum, DOE.

You will report into the Mechanical Engineering Team Leader and will have the following duties and responsibilities;

Product & process design, development and improvement

  • Based on design brief or customer requirement, produce concept designs
  • Carry out detail design for low-volume precision components and assemblies
  • Attend or chair design review meetings
  • Create & structure BoMs for manufacture
  • Carry out proof-of-concept experiments and prototype build
  • Maintain existing/legacy designs and carry out design modifications.
  • Work with NPI engineering to develop processes and tooling
  • Identify and meet all compliance requirements
  • Identify & propose improvements to product design and build processes

Technical Support

  • Provide technical training and support to NPI and production personnel.
  • Liaise with vendors to optimize design viability where necessary
  • Provide support to the Sales, Customer Support and Product Management functions in bid preparation


  • Observe and promote safe working practices at all times
  • Ensure compliance with the company quality management systems
  • Communicate deviations or risks to project plan or goals
  • Protect company IP in line with agreed strategy
  • Perform other tasks as directed.


Skills, Qualifications and Experience required


  • Degree or equivalent in a mechanical engineering discipline, or equivalent vocational training in a relevant industrial environment
  • Solid experience in the detailed design of machined parts
  • Design for manufacture
  • Ability to demonstrate original thinking and an innovative approach to problem solving, from top-level concept to piece-part design.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing techniques appropriate to small batch production
  • Hands-on experience of 2D and 3D CAD systems
  • Problem solving & lateral thinking
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and ability to demonstrate scientific literacy


  • Knowledge of opto-mechanical principles and kinematic techniques
  • (D & P)FMEA analysis
  • Familiarity with ISO 9001
  • Knowledge of engineering workshop theory and practice
  • Knowledge of geometrical tolerancing
  • Experience with ceramic parts design for high-precision, high-stability (mechanical & thermal) assemblies
  • Experience of low-outgassing materials in high vacuum applications
  • Experience of thermal management strategies
  • Experience of finite elements analysis

To apply for this position, please send your CV to or call on 01722 440168

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