Test Facility Engineer

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/12/2023

Job Description



Role: Test Facility Engineer

Location: Shoreham-by-Sea, UK


Automotive and Industrial is one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units and is a trusted global engineering services partner for clean and efficient integrated propulsion and energy systems. Our experience and history over more than 100 years at the forefront of mobility innovation enables us to deliver solutions to the most complex challenges, allowing our customers across all global transport sectors to achieve a sustainable zero-carbon future.



Ricardo’s A&I Division are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Engineer to join the Test Facilities team. Test Facilities support the entire Testing capability group for vehicle, engine test, fuel cell and test rig facilities.


You will work inside the Test Facilities team, working alongside other mechanical engineers. The Test Facilities team provide expertise in test infrastructure, and are responsible for specifying, designing and implementing test cell and test rig facilities to meet Ricardo’s engine, hydrogen, fuel cell and battery test requirements. As well as providing day-to-day operational support, the group leads a range of projects to investigate and exploit new equipment, systems, and processes to upgrade the existing test facilities and meet the future needs of our customers. We are passionate about working with customers and in-house teams to develop new and to enhance existing capabilities. We love researching and applying the latest technologies in whatever field we find ourselves working.


Key accountabilities:


This role offers a unique mix of analytical and practical engineering to implement cost effective solutions, primarily through design using CAD skills, and with some knowledge of dynamics and vibration, materials selection, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics that are applied to:
Fluid handling & conditioning
Design, specification and implementation of high speed rotating machinery
Design and manufacture of bespoke or application specific test rigs
Engine, motor, fuel cell or battery installation on test bench
Alternative fuel test facilities (methanol, hydrogen, ammonia etc.)
Specification and procurement of components and materials


This role may also include support for Capital Project work including:

Design support
Engineering calculations
Ability to handle and maintain confidential information
Ability to work well with people, in a team environment, and to communicate effectively both written & oral
Ability to excel in a fast-paced, matrix organization
Roles at Ricardo, Inc. are individually tied to Quality, Health and Safety policies and procedures. Further trainings and information will be reviewed upon start.



Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have some combination of the following skills and characteristics:
Application of 3D CAD packages, ideally with PTC Creo 3, for design of precision components, fabricated assemblies and assembly layouts
Application of 2D CAD systems, ideally with AutoCAD or Draftsight, for design of fluid and gaseous system schematics
Interest in an engineering or operational role that involves the implementation of engineering solutions
A practical, solutions orientated engineer, with a record of problem solving
An ability to work on your own initiative
Strong sense of ownership and the ability to deliver practical solutions to technical problems
Drive & determination
A strong focus on customer delivery
Strong team member able to disseminate information and work packages to Technicians and liaise with Test EngineersCAD (PTC Creo 3, ePLAN electric P8)
Communications protocols (CAN, AK, serial).


Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.



Wellbeing and work life balance

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.



Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Once you have submitted your application, if qualified, a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.