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Principal Design Engineer - Gears

  • Role Type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location
  • Leamington Spa, Any Ricardo office globally

  • Closing Date
  • 31/03/2022

Job Description


Responsible for leading activities in the design, analysis and production of a wide range of complex rotating components focusing on gears, shafts and bearings from various product sectors (Engines, Transmissions, Drivelines & Hybrids).  Gear types will typically range from prototype to production parallel axis helical gear sets, epicyclic gear sets and bevel gear sets.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work on a variety of market sectors including automotive, marine, aerospace, industrial and defence markets.
  • Design and analyse transmission assemblies and components comprising of shafts, bearings and gears such as parallel axis and epicyclic gear sets.
  • Lead geartrain design through typical design phases of concept, definitive and detail design and support through testing and production phases.
  • Understanding and being able to generate duty cycle information from road load data for different components.
  • Familiar with ISO 6336 and DIN 3962.
  • Be familiar with gear manufacturing methods and achievable tolerances for prototype and mass production.
  • In-depth understanding on how the wide range of material choices, production methods, heat treatment methods and finishing processes for gears influence durability and NVH.
  • Work closely with manufacturing and process engineers to ensure products are designed for manufacture and assembly, from prototype to full production projects.
  • Gear macro and micro geometry design and the possible NVH effects.
  • Creation of gear production documentation.
  • Understand the effect of lubricant selection and the effect this may have on gear performance.
  • Aware of the design principles of bevel gears, including straight bevel, spiral bevel and hypoids.
  • Be able to identify failure modes from visual inspection.
  • Checking and validating Design Engineer’s designs and drawings as required.
  • Technical delivery to time, cost and quality targets.
  • Presenting and reporting progress of geartrain deliverables to the customer, project management or Chief Designer.
  • Follow departmental processes relating to management of designs (MDP).
  • Coaching and mentoring Design Engineers in design techniques and departmental processes.
  • Regularly review departmental design processes and identify any updates required.
  • Identify opportunities to innovate and suggest R&D topics for further study.
  • Supports proposal generation and advise on mechanical design content, timing and resource.
  • Keep up to date with and dissemination of:
    • latest manufacturing techniques.
    • latest technology trends.
    • latest developments in design and analysis tools.
    • latest standards relating to gears and bearings.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree (Bachelor or Masters) in Mechanical Engineering or similar field or with equivalent technical experience.
  • CEng or equivalent preferred.
  • Proven experience in Mechanical Engineering of geared systems.
  • Broad range of mechanical design knowledge preferably with experience in one of the following areas: Engines, Transmission, Vehicle, Hybrids.
  • Advanced capabilities in Microsoft Office and applications.
  • Extensive experience in a Gear, Shaft and Bearing analysis software.
  • Leadership of small teams.
  • The ability to understand technical drawings to a high standard with high GD&T competency.
  • Confident proactive character, ability to take the lead in challenging situations.
  • Excellent technical communication skills, dealing with other employees, suppliers and external clients in English.

Personal Attributes

  • Strong presentation, report writing and communication skills in technical English.
  • Self-motivated, creative and adaptive team player.
  • Willingness to take on roles, responsibilities and challenges to achieve company goals and objectives.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Able to prioritize and organize multiple project workloads and tasks working to tight deadlines.
  • Committed to undertaking professional development.
  • Able to travel to support Ricardo’s worldwide client base.