Our Design / Research & Development Resource Team are equipped and experienced specialists in searching and sourcing relevant engineers at all levels. This team consists of experienced consultants supported by a specialist sector researcher, covering all aspects of the needs and demands of a modern engineering customer base, from blue sky concept design, research and development, right through to design for product launch.


The name of Probe in the marketplace has developed an excellent reputation for quality thus ensuring that our clients come back tous having benefited from our superb service in the past. We also attract the very best engineers around due to finding the best positions, should they be Contract or Permanent, because we have the vacancies they are looking for.

Having one of the largest databases of Design Engineers in the UK also means that we attract a very large portfolio of companies who regularly tap into our vast resources and professional expertise.

How have we achieved this?

Probe started life in 1994 as a Design House and built up a very strong database of companies requiring a design service and have since gained an enviable reputation for quality and service. This progressed naturally to supplying client companies with designers on site and thus provided us a very natural progression into Recruitment as we fully understand our clients and candidates needs.

Today Probe offers a wide range of options that support all aspects of modern R&D needs that go far beyond just sending a CV and gives a service that is aimed at providing solutions for immediate, medium and long-term customer needs.

Manpower Resource:

This service is aimed at providing contractual and permanent engineers at short notice, to work either on or off site. These engineers have all been interviewed and screened for their qualifications, suitability and experience and many have a strong working history supporting our customers with their project workloads. This service can be either provided on a Contingency (No Win-No Fee), Retained Assignment or Executive Search basis.

The Complete Design Solution - 'Man & Box'

Not only can we find the right staff for our clients but we can also supply the 3D CAD software on site. We appreciate that not all companies have as many seats of CAD as they would like, hence, if the job needs to be done quickly we can provide the complete solution of ‘Man and Box’.

Key Areas of specialism:-

  • 2D & 3D CAD Design, Modelling & Detailing on all the major CAD packages (Product / Mechanical / Styling / Electro-Mechanical)
  • Electrical & Electronic Development / Test & Design
  • Finite Element Analysis , Hand Calculations, Linear, Non-Linear - Dynamic, Static
  • Mathematical and Simulation Software
  • CFD - Thermal, Fluid, Flow Analysis and Dynamics
  • NVH - Noise and Modal Analysis
  • Research and Development / Test Engineering - Durability, Calibration, Test , Control and Feasibility
  • Project Engineering / Management - Concept / Prototype / Process / Value Engineering / Design
  • Senior Department Heads – Engineering / Design / Test / Development

If you would like a confidential discussion surrounding strategic hiring for your organisation or your own career path we would be delighted to hear from you to determine how our services can assist you in finding the right solution so please call us on  0121 321 4311


The Role:

This is an excellent opportunity with a leading manufacturing of advanced process technology company, who have a rich, well-established background. They have sites here in the UK and overseas

The company's strength lies in its process expertise, engineering excellence and the ability to fully support customers worldwide. The service is complete - from design through installation and commissioning to lifetime support.

Role Overview:

  • Develop the product range to ensure competitive position of machines
  • Issue machines and ancillary equipment to contract, produce factory layouts complete with services and installation information
  • Provide assistance to Sales and Customer Services departments on technical offering to ensure smooth contract execution
  • Identify risks and put in place plans to maintain cost and schedule
  • Maintain modular product structure for product range.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Product leadership and ensure specified solution is implemented within the agreed schedule and costs, manage priorities to ensure project schedules are maintained
  • Ensure accurate drawings and parts lists are produced in accordance with company’s standards and quality procedures, to ensure compliance with CAD best practices
  • To be fully competent in the use of Siemens NX and TeamCenter ensuring compliance with best practices
  • Ensure compliance of the equipment with legislation (e.g. EC Directives)
  • Maintain and update drawings and parts lists, and completion of change requests, work with suppliers to ensure applications are fully and reliably implemented.
  • Undertake calculations for design work, both on contracts and development projects, brief field engineers and visit site when necessary

Person Specification:

  • A highly motivated, confident and dedicated professional, currently in a key role within a design team
  • Competent in the use of 3D design and ERP business systems.
  • An innovative engineer with an analytical approach to problem solving
  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent experience level in Engineering
  • Able to work alone or as a member of a design team
  • Good communication skills, good PC literacy skills – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Able to travel both within the UK and throughout the world.

Essential Experience Required:

  • Experienced designer of low volume / bespoke industrial machinery
  • Good 3D CAD design experience using NX, Solidworks, Inventor or similar
  • Modelling machined components, fabricated parts, sheet metal and assemblies.
  • Good drafting experience of machined components, fabrications and assembly drawings
  • Good knowledge of different manufacturing methods, their benefits and limitations
  • Good level of PC Literacy – Windows, MS Office, Outlook etc
  • Willing and able to occasionally travel to customer / supplier sites in the UK and Worldwide
  • Motivated, confident and professional with good communication skills, experience of working on multiple projects concurrently, prioritising tasks accordingly, good attention to detail, cost and quality in particular
  • Able to select suitable materials, with a good appreciation of the benefits and limitations of each


£38,000 - £42,000 plus employee benefits

Commutable from Peterborough, Stamford, Oakham, Wisbech, Corby, Kettering


The Role:

This is an excellent and varied opportunity with an internationally recognised brand, which are part of a group that turns over in excess of 850 million Euro’s per year.

Besides being a key part of the design team, the incumbent will be involved in the whole process, from concept to production, and bringing of products to market through development, including tool design and testing.

Client operates from a fully automated and modern facility, with all manufacturing being done in-house.

There is also a clear and defined progression plan, with real opportunities to develop further.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Respond to commercial briefs for product specifications
  • Developing innovative ideas for new products
  • Developing drawings to obtain design approval
  • Designing new products on 3D CAD
  • Prototyping new products as required
  • Testing new products and using analysis to review / improve product design
  • Testing and evaluating competitors’ products
  • Ensure all processes are adhered to and documentation completed

Person Specification:

  • Degree – Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Engineering
  • Product Design experience
  • Experience of designing with Plastics
  • 2+ years’ experience
  • Background experience of 3D CAD is essential
  • Designing components for plastic injection moulding domestic components is essential
  • Commissioning injection mould tools is preferred but not essential
  • Siemens NX experience would be advantageous
  • Experience liaising with tooling and manufacturing engineers is preferred but not essential

Working Hours:

8:30am – 16:45pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am – 15:45pm Friday

45 minute lunch break


£28,000 - £33,000


  • 25 days holiday + 8 Bank Holidays
  • Company Bonus
  • Group Personal Pension scheme – employer 3% contribution
  • Free Life Insurance – 4 times annual salary
  • Company sick pay (up to 26 weeks dependent on service)
  • Subsidised canteen & vending
  • Free Car-parking
  • Health plan

Commutable from Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Walsall, Tamworth, Sutton Coldfield, Coleshill



This is an excellent opportunity to work for a UK market leader. As part out of the drawing office team, the role holder will be responsible for producing 3D models using Tekla structures.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Utilising core Tekla features as well as bespoke Tekla components to create accurate 3D models of steel frame buildings and transfer structures
  • Producing and checking general arrangements, fabrication drawings and CAM data 
  • Producing erection drawings for site 
  • Ensuring project deadlines are met 
  • Using the Company's in-house works management systems (training will be provided) 
  • Liaising with other colleagues, customers and the design team to help ensure projects are completed accurately and on time 
  • Comply with existing company systems and standards 
  • Any other task commensurate with this post

Person Specification:

  • Experience using Tekla structures is essential
  • A background in steel framing or structural steelwork would be highly desirable
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels
  • Experience in working effectively in teams
  • Pride in own work

Package and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, dependent on experience
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and an additional day for your birthday
  • Company pension scheme, matching up to 5%
  • Company life assurance - three times your annual salary 
  • Workplace nursery scheme, Cycle to work scheme 
  • Mobile and technology loans, Travel season ticket loan 
  • Access to Perkbox - an online discount platform 
  • Free eye tests for VDU users 
  • Friendly, modern working environment

Commutable from Leeds, Bradford, Burnley, Halifax, Huddersfield


The Role:

This is an excellent opportunity and your chance to join a talented, vibrant and creative design team. Client is a recognised market leading supplier, who design, develop and manufacture everything in the UK under one roof, from initial concept and manufacture through to delivery and installation. 

They pride themselves on taking their client’s brief and ‘digging deeper’ to uncover their true needs and requirements. Using their talent for innovation and creativity they develop a bespoke solution that really delivers.

This role sits within the design engineering team and specialises in taking sketches and concepts and get them ready to produce. They look into costings and production efficiencies - making the products come alive.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Study concepts and sketches, interpret and convert them into a manufacturable product
  • Analyse designs and spot opportunities for efficiencies and savings
  • Work with Sales and Design team to ensure that detailed designs and costing meet client requirements
  • Produce technical drawings to production level
  • Define the costs of the product for quote and contract. Ensure maximum efficiencies and performance for their customers and ease of production
  • Liaise with suppliers to gain best price options for product
  • Assist in all aspects of in-house manufacturing from prototypes through to mass production and installation and work closely with various departments within the business to ensure the production process runs smoothly  

Person Specification:

  • Ideally you will have a minimum of 2-3 years design experience, with the ability to multitask and cope with wide variety of projects
  • You will have excellent Solidworks skills
  • Ability to sketch to help you convey your thoughts and to create technical drawings suitable for production and supporting technical documentation (instruction diagrams etc)
  • Ability to use or willingness to learn Illustrator/Photoshop to support projects, with a good understanding of manufacturing process i.e. material requirements, structural limitations and construction methodologies
  • Commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of costing, pricing and operational delivery
  • Experience of working with materials (wood, panel components, structural metal fabrication and sheet metal) and working with plastics
  • You are hands on, happy to build and learn from your own creations, with excellent problem-solving abilities

  Package and Benefits:

  • Salary £25,000 with a host of employee benefits

The Role:

This is a fantastic opportunity with a world leading business in their field, with over 30 experience researching, manufacturing, developing and designing innovative, sustainable, cost effective solutions.

Due to an internal promotion, they have a requirement for an experienced Electrical Project / Process Engineer.

This position would suit someone with a continuous process / continuous loop type background, i.e., paper, pulp or similar.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide team leadership and technical support for client operations and R&D unit for electric and electrical design/control systems of key equipment, and processes.  
  • Through best practice leadership, providing the electrical team with technical advice, assistance and on site/external support on all areas of electrical engineering.

Person Specification:

  • You will be a proven ‘Hands-On’ Engineer, with technical expertise
  • The incumbent must possess good analytical and communicative skills and be able to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to engineer, write, and execute Industrial programming of various controls including PLC, Motor Controls, HMI, etc
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and electronic/electrical skills
  • Electrical AutoCAD ability
  • Capital Project management experience
  • Procedures to be followed – design of equipment and projects to BS EN 60204-1, UL, IEE Wiring Regulations, HASAW, Environmental Acts, Standards, Insurance Requirements, OSHA, NEC and NESC code and other relative legislation


  • Either educated to degree level or a Technician Engineer, apprentice trained and educated to a minimum HNC standard in an electrical and electronic engineering discipline.


  • £47,000 plus employee benefits

Commutable from Preston, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Rochdale, Wigan


This is an excellent opportunity to work for a UK market leader. Working within the Design team, the role holder will lead on structural design elements on projects as required, in a client facing engineering role.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Adherence to the Integrated Management System 
  • Undertaking concept designs and planning projects at concept stage on a wide variety of buildings 
  • Responsibility for the production of structural engineering calculations, steel frames and associated hot rolled members and composite floor slabs
  • Delivering excellent project work within agreed deadlines and budgets, interacting and cultivating relations with clients and other project members
  • Keep management informed of important and relevant design decisions to make sure that the objectives of the company and client are achieved 
  • Representing client at meetings with clients and suppliers 
  • Assisting and mentoring of graduate engineers 

Person Specification:

  • Proven Structural Engineer experience
  • Ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current codes of practice
  • Experience of steel design is preferred but not essential as full on the job training will be provided 
  • Comfortable undertaking hand calculations and using spreadsheets as standard, but able to demonstrate ability to use 3D modelling software.  Working knowledge of Trimble design software (Tekla Structural Designer) would be beneficial 
  • Bachelor's degree BEng / BSc or Masters degree MEng / MSc that meets the engineering academic requirements for Chartership
  • Working towards Chartership, CSCS card holder and you will hold a full clean UK driving licence 

Package and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, dependent on experience
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and an additional day for your birthday
  • Company pension scheme, matching up to 5%
  • Company life assurance - three times your annual salary 
  • Workplace nursery scheme, Cycle to work scheme 
  • Mobile and technology loans, Travel season ticket loan 
  • Access to Perkbox - an online discount platform 
  • Free eye tests for VDU users 
  • Friendly, modern working environment

Commutable from Leeds, Bradford, Burnley, Halifax, Huddersfield


The Role:

Our client is looking for an experienced Mechanical Design Engineer to join their team in the designing of products for projects across the world.

With nearly 40 years of experience, this is an established business with a proven track record of delivering high quality engineering solutions to a wide range of customers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Dealing directly with clients around the world via electronic means and face to face
  • Design of machinery and parts for new and existing products
  • Creating bill of materials
  • Problem solving as part of a team, to overcome design challenges
  • Briefing the in-house manufacturing team and working closely with external partners to deliver exceptional engineering solutions
  • Working with and creating documentation for maintenance and ongoing operation as well as normal risk assessments and method statements
  • Overseeing installations on site with clients

Person Specification:

  • You must have Solidworks and AutoCAD experience, backed up with mechanical engineering
  • Ideally qualified to Degree, HND or time served as a mechanical engineer
  • You must work well as part of our talented in-house team and be able to cope under pressure
  • Be flexible and able to smile
  • Willing to travel in the UK and potentially worldwide
  • Be able to write well and explain things clearly

What’s on Offer:

  • Salary is negotiable, client will create the right package for someone with the right experience
  • Hours, Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm but flexibility required
  • Opportunity for progression and ongoing training

Commutable from Derby, Nottingham, Heanor, Ilkeston, Hucknall, Long Eaton, Sutton in Ashfield, Loughborough


The Role:

This vacancy, reporting to the Development Manager has arisen in this businesses R&D department for an experienced Approvals Engineer, with an engineering bias. 

This is a great opportunity within clients centre of excellence, which is privately owned, with operations in 20 countries.

They currently have a number of patents and world first and are committed to continuous product development on a concurrent engineering basis.

Key Responsibilities:

Preparation of documentation, testing and project management of all electrical approvals with various international agencies including:

  • Hazardous area approvals e.g. ATEX, IECEx, cFMus (hazardous area approvals experience is not essential)
  • Electrical approvals e.g. LVD

Work in cooperation with Electrical Approvals Engineers within the rest of the group as required for joint development projects.

Wide ranging support to the R&D department in the research, testing and development of client’s products.

Person Specification:

  • A Degree would be preferable but is not essential
  • Experience in the hazardous area approvals process for electrical equipment according to ATEX, FM, CSA, IECEx and NEPSI requirements is desirable – though experience in other areas of electrical standards compliance will be applicable
  • Good working knowledge of the relevant standards
  • Relevant industry knowledge advantageous
  • Knowledge of EMC approvals process would be advantageous
  • EU passport and willingness to travel occasionally

Personal Characteristics:

  • High degree of self-motivation and ability to work in a highly organized and logical manner under minimum supervision within a multi-disciplined team
  • Strong attention to detail - especially in documentation, standards and testing
  • Willingness to take responsibility for approvals and their content
  • Ability to multi-task and manage approval projects

Salary / Package:

  • Negotiable dependent on experience
  • Bonus £5,000 per year
  • Free life assurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Possible relocation assistance

Commutable from Milton Keynes, Leicester, Peterborough, Rugby, Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Banbury, Market Harborough, St Neots


The Company:

This is a well-established, specialist in their field, who are globally recognised business with over 50 years’ experience behind them.

They employ over 1,000 people across the group, with access to reliable partners in many countries across the globe.

Role Function:

To work closely with the Project Controller and field teams to clarify all aspects of designs and fitting details to create customer drawings and production orders (Bills of materials).

This role would suit someone who could be looking to step into a Trainee Project Manager role, or someone with 2-5 years design experience and wanting to progress.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To ensure the final design for the customer meets all requirements and specifications
  • Ensure that product pricing is correct and highlight areas to reduce costs or offer alternative solutions to the customer
  • Create and maintain production bills of material (BOM) and costs for their directly manufactured products
  • Create accurate drawings in line with company standards
  • Provide technical support to the business
  • Ensure all variations are tracked and costed
  • Minimise waste; reduce risk to reduce repetitive errors.
  • Take appropriate remedial action to resolve customer disputes with minimal cost to the business
  • Responsibility for personal growth and development

Person Specification:

  • A good level of all-round industry knowledge within architectural, metalwork fabrications and steel etc would be advantageous
  • IT skills, in particular CAD to support accurate drawings, fulfilment with continuous development and learning
  • Understanding and interpretation of construction and engineering drawings
  • Experience of regular interaction with customers
  • CAD / SAP technical experience
  • Technical knowledge in terms of building construction, engineering management, business systems
  • Broad range of experience in mechanical engineering- production / architectural design applications

Salary and Hours:

  • £23,000 - £28,000 dependant on experience
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday, 4pm finish on Friday

Commutable from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Derby, Nottingham, Burton Upon Trent


The Company:

Based in Northamptonshire, our client is a leading-edge engineering SME company that specialises in the manufacture of materials processing equipment and energy from waste power generation.  As a highly innovative and progressive design and manufacturing company, it prides itself on developing advanced engineering solutions within the sustainable energy, energy from waste and the design and manufacture of waste materials processing equipment.

Founded over 35 years ago and still privately owned, our client’s engineering innovation has always been a fundamental part of their business.  This has helped it to establish itself as a major player in its areas of expertise, namely:

o          Design and manufacture of equipment for the food and rendering industry

o          Processing waste into energy

o          Renewable energy production

The Role:

The Mechanical Design Engineer is a key role and will be accountable for ensuring the design and implementation of client projects for specialised processing and management of waste equipment, as well as providing engineering support to the on-site power plant equipment.

You will operate within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the successful implementation of detailed designs meets the highest standards of safety and regulatory compliance.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Design and development of new project designs for external clients from conception through to successful completion.  Additionally, contributing to internal projects for optimising waste energy performance relating to the on-site energy from waste power plant.
  • Excellent design analysis, with the ability to work from first principles, translating design concepts into 3D CAD models (AutoCAD Inventor), ensuring full alignment with customer requirements.
  • Liaising with design draughtsman for 2D drawing production, and equally producing 2D drawings when required.
  • Working proactively with senior colleagues and liaising with manufacturing to ensure strict compliance to quality and design standards.
  • Good communication with all stakeholders ensuring full compliance to designs and budgets.
  • Identify and provide solutions that meet the highest levels of Health & Safety, Quality and Regulatory standards.

 Person Specification:

We are looking for a proactive and experienced mechanical engineer with a good knowledge of design of mechanical machinery and a good appreciation of:

  • Mechanical equipment
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Pressure containing equipment
  • Piping layouts
  • General steel structures.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate experience in these key areas.

As important is the ability to be a quick learner and the ability to analysis problems using engineering principals to perform basic calculations.  Furthermore, you must have the ability to communicate initial design ideas and interpret engineering drawings to a high standard. A professionally qualified Mechanical Engineering Degree or Higher National Diploma would be advantageous coupled with five years’ experience in a related field.

The following key attributes are also essential:

  • Proven experience in creating and maintaining CAD models and files (AutoCAD, Inventor)
  • A hands-on approach, with the ability to liaise with workshop personnel in a manufacturing environment.
  • A solid technical understanding of common computer operating systems and proficient use of MS Office applications
  • A strong desire to work within a dynamic environment with exposure to a wide variety of projects and the chance to develop your career and broaden your skills and knowledge.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.


£27,000 - £38,000 dependant on experience

Commutable from Northampton, Wellingborough, Kettering, Bedford, Milton Keynes


The Company:

This is a fantastic senior level opportunity, for an experienced Electrical Designer with a business that is the UK's leading manufacturer in their specialist field. Their products enjoy a global reputation for quality & performance with more than half of sales derived from Export markets. All design and manufacturing take place at their purpose-built facility near Sheffield.

Applicants are sought to work within a small team of committed and multi-disciplined engineers responsible for the design development and support of special bespoke products.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work as one of the primary electrical designers within the business
  • Create electrical detailed designs of systems and sub-systems from defined client specification, this will include designing control panels (including layouts), schematics, and creation of associated documentation including BOM’s, manufacturing drawings etc
  • You are expected to work within the agreed time scales and costs, liaise with the customer and all other departments in the Company at all levels
  • Knowledge and experience of design change control and release procedures MRP and or ERP systems
  • To support the manufacturing process, resolving and clarifying electrical and wiring issues in products

Person Specification:

  • The successful candidate will have a depth of experience as an electrical design draughtsperson using Electrical CAD Software
  • Practical experience in an Electrical manufacturing environment is necessary and we would anticipate a minimum qualification in an appropriate subject at HND level
  • Experience in the use of applicable directives, norms and standards used in light industrial applications are essential (Low Voltage Directive (LVD) or M/C Directive)
  • The successful applicant will need to have good communication skills as the duties will include liaising with internal departments, have the ability to work on their own initiative with minimum supervision, prioritise workload and the skills to be a good team player
  • Temperature controller configuration
  • PLC programming experience would be an advantage
  • You will be self-motivated, flexible, with a hands-on approach to working within a project team or individually and Computer literate
  • Valid passport holder and clean driving licence required for occasional travel.


  • Salary circa £40,000 based on experience
  • Company Incentive scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Plan with 7.5% employer contributions and a death in service policy
  • 22 days holiday, plus statutory days

Commutable From: Sheffield, Chesterfield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Glossop


The Company:

The business is an SME, with 150 employees and 60 years of manufacturing heritage. They have a global supply chain and export over 30% of their product to a world-wide network of customers. The operation consists of a fabrication facility, assembly area, large yard, logistics area and finished goods stores with the majority of product designed and manufactured by the company at their UK site.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Preparation of drawings, bills of materials and design calculations for both new products and modifications to existing products.
  • To work closely with the company’s production and manufacturing engineering functions to ensure designs are as effective as possible for the wider business.
  • Support of the company’s sales and marketing functions.
  • Liaison with other departments within the company to help achieve common goals.
  • Creation and development of conceptual design schemes.
  • Attendance of site visits, meetings and surveys as required by the projects.
  • Any further related tasks as defined by the Engineering Manager

Person Specification:

  • Degree or HND held in either Civil or Mechanical Engineering (or related discipline)
  • You will have experience of fabrications, fabricated steel components or steel structures
  • Structural Engineering / Structural Design experience would be advantageous
  • Experience with SAP ERP or similar is desirable as is weld fatigue experience
  • A good appreciation of the importance of Design for Manufacture / Assembly principles
  • Practical manufacturing or installation experience will be seen as beneficial
  • High capability in written and spoken English


  • £40,000 - £45,000 - negotiable dependent on level of experience

Commutable from Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Worksop, Newark on Trent