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Senior Design Engineer - Engines

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/07/2019

Job Description


Responsible for the design of a wide range of complex mechanical components from various sectors (Engines, Vehicles, Transmissions & Hybrids) for example light duty gasoline engines to off highway transmissions.

The Senior Design Engineer will work closely with the Chief Designer or Lead Designer to take ownership of a particular mechanical design system as identified by the Chief Designer or Engineering Manager. Additionally, will assist the Engineering Manager in coaching other Design Engineers to develop design skills and work to the department processes.


Duties and Responsibilities

The mechanical design of components through concept, definitive and detail design phases
To work on a variety of market sectors from passenger cars to industrial and defense markets
Carries out detailed mechanical design work including 3D modelling, basic stress calculations, FMEA’s, 2D layouts, 2D detailing, Tolerance stacks as required. Agreeing the design approach with the project Chief or Lead Designer
Responsible for the following engineering activities:

System and component specifications and that your design meets the requirements
Creation of 2D drawings to allow manufacture or purchase
Creation of assembly drawings and bill of materials
Carry out design change requests as per process and in a timely manner
Fit and function of their responsible parts or system and their interaction with other systems
Layout drawings and standard part libraries are up to date
Checking and validating design engineer’s designs and drawings as required
Guideline ownership if nominated by engineering manager
CAD champion role if nominated by engineering manager
Creation of component or system design plans
Meeting design timing plans on assigned tasks

Work closely with manufacturing and process engineers to ensure products are designed for manufacture & assembly
Responsible for reporting progress of all assigned tasks to the project management teams, chief designer or engineering manager
Creation of technical reports and documentation as required for engineering projects
Highlights all mechanical technical risks to the chief designer or engineering manager
Responsible for preparing and presenting mechanical designs at design reviews
If required, generates minutes from design reviews
Keeps up to date with and dissemination of:

latest manufacturing techniques and drawing standards
latest technology trends
latest developments in design tools

Liaise with suppliers and other Ricardo departments to ensure the required information is available when needed and customer requests are dealt with in a timely manner
Liaise directly with the customer as required
Follows departmental processes relating to management of designs (MDP)
Ensures design files and documentation are kept up to date, and stored in accordance with department procedures
Take responsibility for coaching and mentoring design engineer’s in design techniques and departmental processes
Identify any personal or mechanical design training needs to the engineering manager and help locate suitable courses
Regularly review departmental design processes and identify any updates required
Responsible for at least 2 sub-ordinates, guide their career path and carry out PDR’s if required by the engineering manager
Identify opportunities to innovate and suggest R&D topics for further study
Promote best practice use of Windchill and contribute to its development



Degree (Bachelor or Masters) in mechanical engineering or similar field or with equivalent experience



4 years minimum, typically 5+ years of experience as a Design Engineer

Broad range of mechanical design knowledge preferably with experience in one of the following areas: Engines, Transmission, Vehicle, Hybrids

3D CAD skills with two or more major CAD systems (e,g CREO, CATIA, NX)

Competent user of Windchill PLM System

Familiarity of technical specifications

Leadership of small design teams (2 min)

Ability to understand and produce technical drawings to high standard with GD&T competency

Able to produce designs to specified deadlines and achieves required timescales

Sets an example to other design engineers in the team on best practice performance

Confident proactive character, ability to take the lead in challenging situations

Good communication skills, dealing with other employees, external clients & suppliers


Additional Requirements

Able to communicate effectively in English at all levels


Team player

Effective problem solving capabilities

Committed to undertaking professional development

Ability to work to tight deadlines

Ability to work with minimum supervision