Design / R&D / FEA

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.

Reputations:

The name of Probe in the marketplace has developed an excellent reputation for quality thus ensuring that our clients come back to us having benefited from our superb service in the past. We also attract the very best engineers, should they be Contract or Permanent, because we have the level of 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 (Contractors):

This service is aimed at providing Contract Engineers at short notice, to work either on or off site to supplement your existing workforce. 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.

The benefit to our Clients is he pure flexibility of being able to take on an engineering resource to complete a given task over a given timeline on a given budget, putting you in control of your project timelines. You can staff up & down to suit your particular workload with engineers who have the relevent skills to complete the tasks required.

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

 

Design Engineer

We are working with a company that are looking to strengthen their Design and Product Team with experienced CAD biased Engineers / Technicians. 

As an organisation they have seen a steady flow of business throughout the last 18 months and are now experiencing a real upturn in new sales from new and existing customers.

The company bespoke design and manufacture a wide range of fabricated and structural products that are supplied to a number of different industry sectors.

To meet this demand and to also fulfil the organisations own expansion plans, new roles now exist for Design Engineers.

Benefits:

  • £26,000 - £30,000
  • Pension 
  • Healthcare 
  • 33 Days Holidays (Inc Bank Holidays)

Purpose of a Design Engineer:

  • Design of products using design software and product manuals in support of the sales force.
  • Project Design: - To meet loads, sizes, applications and timescales.
  • Drawing Support: - To Outline, Quotation, Approval, Installation and Assembly details
  • Bill of materials: - Manufactured material, purchased material/services, installation, MHE and other. Phased to suit order build programme.

Design Engineer Daily Duties:

  • Using computer-aided design (CAD) software to create 2D designs.
  • Liaise with clients to identify their requirements.
  • Assessing the usability, environmental impact, and safety of a design
  • Produce accurate bill of materials for system entry.
  • Liaise with suppliers and internal support functions to obtain quotations for components, Installation and plant.
  • Reduce cost of failure through accurate design.
  • Follow design processes and procedures.
  • Plan effectively to ensure projects are delivered on time, to standard and to budget.

The Design Engineer must have the ability to:

  • To communicate appropriately in a clear, confident and professional manner with internal and external contacts.
  • To achieve targets set and work towards the next levels of competence in the design structure.
  • To help and support the success of the team, primarily the design team, but also extending to help and support associated parts of the business as required.
  • To continuously develop and learn new skills to achieve and exceed the business targets.
  • Take a keen interest in designing solutions and be able to push the boundaries within technical confines to provide the customer with a solution that suits the customers’ requirements.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A formal qualification in a technical subject 
  • Drawing software (AutoCAD packages)
  • Microsoft Office software 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A creative flair and design ability
  • Good visual and spatial awareness
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.

This is a great opportunity to become part of a busy and dynamic team, where projects are varied and will often offer different design challenges. 

Commutable from Wolverhampton, Telford, Birmingham, Stourbridge, Dudley, Stafford, Welshpool, Ludlow

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Design, R&D & Projects Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994

 

With over 40 years of history, client is one of the UK’s leading businesses in the Sheet Piling and Bored Piling industry, providing bespoke design and installation services to the civil engineering and construction industries across the United Kingdom and beyond.

A role of CFA Design Engineer has become available, as part of the company growth plan. 

CFA Design Engineer Role Overview

  • The CFA Design Engineer works within the Estimating team whose principal objective is to identify new business opportunities by preparing design solutions, estimates and tender proposals for the delivery of a variety of piling disciplines that meets the customer’s needs and in accordance with the Company’s Sales and Commercial Strategy.
  • The role is design and estimating. You will need to be proficient in working with design software such as AutoCAD / Wallap / Cads (or similar) and Microsoft Word and Excel and also have an understanding of the estimating process. 
  • You will be expected to work from a bill of quantities, or a set of drawings and any other form of enquiry documents a client will issue and provide piling designs and price estimates for everything from a one-off scheme to ongoing projects which will be completed over several months.
  • You will be required to follow a project through with any design requirements as the project develops or progresses.
  • You will be expected to have combined site experience with quantity surveying skills, commercial acumen and a mind capable of financial analysis.
  • This is a customer focused role that requires you to have the ability to engage with clients to determine their needs and articulate those requirements in order to provide a solution-based proposal.

CFA Design Engineer Benefits:

  • £31,000 - £36,000
  • Home Working
  • Car Allowance
  • Pension
  • Private Medical
  • Life Assurance

CFA Design Engineer Essential Candidate Requirements

  • BA Engineering / Civil Engineering – or equivalent in relevant experience
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in heavy civil engineering
  • Previous CFA Design Engineer experience

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Technical Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994

 

Due to continued business growth, client is looking to appoint an experienced Digital / Analogue Electronics Engineer to join their established team on a full-time permanent basis. 

This is an important position within the R&D team, the Electronics Engineer will be key in driving the development of new audio products from initial design, through to production and post-production maintenance.

Company Benefits

  • Company performance and individual bonuses
  • 33 days holiday
  • Sick pay
  • Death in service cover
  • Unique, relaxed environment
  • Casual dress code

This Electronics Engineer role is commutable From: Northampton, Wellingborough, Rugby, Kettering, Bedford, Milton Keynes

Electronics Engineer Candidate Requirements

  • Degree qualified in Audio Electronics / Electronics Engineering or similar engineering subject.
  • 2+ years’ commercial experience in electronic design, ideally in audio electronics.
  • Audio experience working with ADC/DAC (Analogue/Digital Converters) and associated components, Op-amps etc.
  • High speed digital electronics experience, working with microcontrollers, DSPs etc.
  • PCB layout experience.
  • You must be a Guitar player.

Key Responsibilities (but not limited to)

  • The Electronics Engineer will be assisting with the design, input and modification of digital & analogue electronic schematics, with guidance from the Chief Engineer and wider team.
  • Undertaking the building and testing of electronic prototypes.
  • Advising and assisting with the sourcing of components for prototype production and testing.
  • Writing and performing new audio product tests, recording and presenting results.
  • Setting up test environments.
  • Brainstorming new product ideas and technical requirements/ specifications. Communicating with UK and overseas teams on project-specific topics.
  • The Electronics Engineer will be assisting other day-to day technical activities of the R&D department. Possible, infrequent overseas travel as required - this is not essential, however can be an exciting opportunity for an engineer to broaden their knowledge and experience

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Design, R&D & Projects Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994

 

Design Engineer Contract – Hydraulic & Pneumatic Valves

We are a well-respected employer within the technology engineering sector and are seeking to recruit proven Contract Design Engineer with strong knowledge of Hydraulic & Pneumatic Valves, to join our Midlands based R&D team. 

Benefits: 

  • The role will be given the freedom to self-manage projects and split the daily function into CAD and hands-on Development Testing how you see fit.
  • £25 - £30 Per Hour Ltd, or via (FCSA) approved umbrella provider. (The project has been defined as being inside IR35)
  • 3 – 6 Months Contract

Duties of a Design Engineer   

  • As a proven Design Engineer you will be required to undertake both the design and test of various hydraulic and pneumatic components. 

Requirements of a Design Engineer    

  • Ideally you will hold formal Apprenticeship, HND or Degree in Mechanical Engineering qualification and a proven background in Hydraulics and Pneumatics Design and R&D (3D Solidworks, Creo, Inventor)  

The Design Engineer role is commutable from Birmingham, Dudley, Kidderminster, Wednesbury, West Bromwich & Stafford, Lichfield, Cannock

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Design, R&D & Projects Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994

 

Junior Design Engineer (Green Energy Products)

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Junior Design Engineer with a minimum of 12 months Post-Graduation Design experience to join a NEW full product development lifecycle team in the Birmingham area.

A well-established product development organisation are looking to expand their product portfolio by moving into the Green Energy Market and are investing heavily in a new team that can design and develop a product that can be brought to market within the next 24 months. 

  • £26,000 - £28,000
  • 33 Days Holidays (Inc Bank Hols)
  • Pension 
  • Full Project Ownership
  • Great Career Development

The role of a Junior Design Engineer is to be part of a small growing team of engineers and will be quickly trained and supported to manage complete turnkey projects within a short period of time.

  • 3D CAD Design, from outlay, concept, and prototype, through to DFM and Design Change activities. 
  • Project Engineering activities of working closely with internal and external parties in relation to testing and certification and product approval. 
  • Test and Prove Electro-Mechanical technology 
  • Create ergonomic and functional products that will be exposed to the outdoor elements. 

The right applicant for the Junior Design Engineer will be:

  • Degree qualified in either Product or Mechanical Design 
  • Strong 3D CAD skills – (Solidworks or Creo)
  • Good exposure of Design for Manufacture principles 
  • Good exposure of Mechanical and Electrical R&D and Design Practices  
  • Strong Communication skills 
  • Good Project Engineering abilities 
  • 12 Months+ Industry experience 

This is a great opportunity to become part of a busy and dynamic team, where projects are varied and offer different design challenges. 

Commutable from Coventry, Banbury, Birmingham, Warwick, Worcester, Redditch, Dudley

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Design, R&D & Projects Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994

 

Design Engineer – Solidworks

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Design Engineer or Design Engineer with a minimum of 18 months Post-Graduation experience, to join a full Product Development Lifecycle Design Team in the South Staffordshire area. 

The company are currently involved with a wide range of international projects, that require concept design through to final build release for their customers, and current new business demands have given the company confidents to grow and invest in a stronger R&D Team to meet this growth.

Benefits:

  • £26,000 - £33,000
  • 32 Days Holidays (Inc Bank Hols)
  • Pension 
  • Continuation Training 

Project Ownership

  • The role of a Design Engineer is to be part of a small team of 4 Designers and will be quickly trained and supported to manage complete turnkey projects within a short period of time. 
  • 3D CAD with Solidworks, from outlay, concept, and prototype, through to DFM and Design Change activities. 
  • Project Engineering activities of working closely with internal and external parties.

The right applicant for the Design Engineer will be:

  • Degree qualified in either Product or Mechanical Design 
  • Strong 3D CAD skills – (Solidworks)
  • Good exposure of Design for Manufacture principles 
  • Good exposure of Fabrications & Enclosures
  • Strong Communication skills 
  • Good Project Engineering abilities
  • 18 Months+ Industry experience 

This is a great opportunity to become part of a busy and dynamic team, where projects are varied and offer different design challenges. 

Commutable from Tamworth, Lichfield, Birmingham, Derby, Leicester, Burton, Cannock

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Design, R&D & Projects Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994

 

Design Engineer (Fluid Power Applications) 

We are working with a fast-growing R&D facility in the North Birmingham area that are looking to increase their existing product portfolio with the introduction of a new range of fluid powered devices. 

The new product range will include both Hydraulic and Pneumatic powered devices that will need to meet the current UK and European safety and compliance standards.

Benefits:

  • £40,000
  • 33 Days Holidays (Inc Bank Hols)
  • Pension 
  • Healthcare
  • Bonus 
  • Continuation Training 
  • Project Ownership

The Design Engineer role will be split between hands on R&D development duties and project / liaison activities with partners, suppliers and test agencies in the UK and overseas. 

A strong knowledge of fluid power applications is required in both a Design and Test capacity, combined with the ability to collate and present reports and test findings. 

The role will play a key part in the creation and the development of early-stage testing and approval processes, with new product development and design change activities coming also into play within a short period of time after the position has started. 

Working with the existing R&D Teams and overseas partners it will be expected that the role will soon become a lead specialist engineering role within a larger multi-disciplined team, with future responsibilities for leading junior engineers as well.

This is a great opportunity to become part of a busy and dynamic team, where projects are varied and offer different design challenges. 

Design Engineer Requirements

  • Degree Qualification in Mechanical Engineering 
  • Minimum of 3 years Design and Development experience with Fluid Power Applications.
  • Good 3D CAD ability 
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Strong Presentation and Report Writing Skills
  • Willingness to travel at short notice to various UK and European Locations. 
  • Good Project Engineering Skills
  • Ability to lead and Mentor Junior Staff 

The Design Engineer position is part of the organisation’s growth and expansion plans and there will be good opportunities for personal and career development within a short period of time after joining. 

Commutable from Cannock, Lichfield, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Stourbridge, Stafford, Dudley

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Design, R&D & Projects Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994

 

Design Engineer – Mechanical / Hydraulics

This business has over 50 years of heritage, specialising in design, manufacturing, and installation of bespoke steel fabrication projects.

Supporting clients, across the world, in many different industries, their in-house design capabilities cover all mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and software disciplines. 

The Design Engineer Role

Client is looking for an engineer with an innovative mechanical background, a passion for engineering excellence and proven experience to draw on. This is a varied job with varying degrees of responsibility, differing types of tasks ranging from initial design to machine commissioning, perhaps project management or customer visits but with practical design remaining central to the job.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience in structural steel fabrication design
  • Effective in carrying out detailed structural strength calculations for both structural and mechanical components
  • Display a high degree of computing literacy on engineering design packages
  • Hydraulic exposure would be useful
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Highly Organised

Software – AutoCAD, Inventor, Vault, ANSYS, MS Office

Design Engineer Key Responsibilities (but not limited to)

  • Generation of documentation within the production design office including, but not limited to, drawings, parts lists, Drawing Office Purchase Requisitions’ and Drawing Office Issue Note’s to ensure project deadlines set both internally and externally are met. Management of Bills of Material and detail manufacturing drawing.
  • Produce conceptual designs from functional specifications. Layout design of mechanical/hydraulic machinery.
  • To work in multi-discipline project teams on specific aspects of the machine design. Undertake component stress calculations and compile documented calculation packages for third party verification in order to comply to varying international codes and standards.
  • Produce equipment test specifications for use in house. Liaison with other Design Engineers to ensure design specifications are met.
  • Bid support, travel for technical input, customer liaison, input to sales proposals. Attendance at technical meetings (UK and Overseas)

Design Engineer Salary and Hours 

  • £30,000 - £40,000, dependant on experience
  • 37 hours per week, 08:00am - 17:00pm Monday to Thursday and 08:00am – 12:00pm Friday. (flexibility, due to workloads would be required)

This Design Engineer role is commutable From: Shrewsbury, Stoke on Trent, Stafford, Wolverhampton, Walsall

 

Product Support & Test Technician – Electronics

Based within a small engineering business that is part of a larger European Group, the role will be part of the Test and Development Team that is primary responsible for the development of electronic component parts of the organisation’s product range. 

The company has a proud history for always being an innovative leader and for being in recent times, the first to introduce specialist technology to market.

The Product Support Technician will form a key role in this business and an important part of product development process.

Product Support & Test Technician Benefits:

  • £25,000 - £35,000
  • Pension – Contributions
  • 33 Days Holidays 
  • Bonus
  • Career Development  

The primary duties of the Product Support & Test Technician will be:

  • To maintain technical data systems relating to product design and manufacture.
  • To define and introduce new products.
  • To provide technical support to other departments within the company.
  • To maintain company product and materials specification systems.
  • To maintain product data via ERP item master, bill of material and routing files.
  • To maintain libraries of technical data relating to products, materials and components.
  • To maintain technical equipment and perform product testing.
  • Organise manufacture of new product samples.           

The Primary Requirements for the Product Support Technician:

  • A formal qualification in engineering ONC (NVQ level 3) or above (including basic electronics knowledge).
  • Be Self-motivation and have good attention to detail.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with all levels (both internally and externally)
  • Good PC skills, particularly MS Word and MS Excel.
  • Experience of basic electronics hand-assembly.

This Product Support & Test Technician role is commutable from: Stowmarket, Thetford, Bury St Edmunds, Braintree, Newmarket

 

Technical Support Technician – AutoCAD

We are working with an organisation that provides technology and state-of-the-art products to the Building Services industry, who are seeing a fast return to pre-pandemic levels of orders and requirements for their products from their European customer base. 

Supporting the Technical Estimating and Technical Sales Teams a Technical Support Technician is required to assist in the design scope out and planning for the quote phases of new projects and support all of the document and CAD related requirements that will ensure the correct installation of products on to a customer’s site. 

Technical Support Technician Salary Package:

  • £24,000 - £25,000
  • Pension 
  • Healthcare
  • 26 Days Holidays + Bank Holidays
  • Flexible Working including Remote Working 

The role will be CAD centric with the ability to detail drawings for specific project installations, carry out and configure size and area dimensions and get directly involve in collating relevant information and test solutions documentation.

  • Producing Sales Quotes for customers from information provided by the internal Estimating and Technical Sales teams.
  • Support the quote and planning phases of projects by dealing with and answering customers queries, via telephone and email.
  • Support the estimating and sales teams with the rollout of new project initiatives to partners and customers. 
  • All CAD work will be carried out in 2D.

Requirements for a Technical Support Technician

  • A formal qualification in a Civil or Engineering subject.
  • Have a good proven working knowledge of Design and CAD (AutoCAD)
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Minimum of 2-year experience of working in a Technical Support or Estimating type of role. 
  • Excellent Administration skills (IT / MS Office)
  • A good understanding of the Building Services industry sectors)

This Technical Support Technician role is commutable from: Birmingham, Tamworth, Derby, Lichfield, Leicester, Burton, Coventry, Stone

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Design, R&D & Projects Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994

 

Electronic Engineer

We are working with a fast paced and dynamic organisation that has seen continued growth since the middle of 2020 and are on track to see one of their busiest years in their company’s history for 2021.  The company design and develop a range of safety products that are used in the process and manufacturing sectors and support and work with some of the biggest names in the engineering sectors.

As an Electronic Engineer, you will support the continuing growth of the design department and the role will also involve leading a team of electronic engineers, working alongside other engineering disciplines, designing hardware and embedded software to extend the organisations range of products, whilst still be involved in hands-on design.

The salary and benefits package for an Electronic Engineer

  • Competitive salary - £30,000 - £40,000
  • 28 days annual leave including bank holidays.
  • Life Insurance cover
  • Pension Scheme with company contribution
  • Share Scheme with Annual Allocation
  • Bonus Scheme
  • Long Service Recognition
  • Free On-Site Parking

The duties and responsibilities of an Electronic Engineer 

  • Line management of the Electronics Design team
  • Planning and allocation of resource within their team to meet company goals and deadlines.
  • Be the electronics technical lead for the company.
  • Implementing tools and processes for the efficient running of the team and department
  • Design and maintenance of hardware and embedded software for use within the company
  • Layout and tracking of PCB designs.
  • Prototyping and testing of designs and products
  • Assessment and documentation of products against specifications and standards

Requirements and Qualifications 

  • Degree or similar qualification in Electronics Engineering or comparable subject
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience working in Electronics Design.
  • Experience in electronics hardware design, development, and testing; including schematic design and PCB layout.
  • Experience in embedded firmware design, development, and testing
  • Electronics design in a highly regulated industry
  • Experience in firmware design for STM32 microcontrollers
  • EMC design and test experience
  • Experience of firmware unit testing; preferably using Tessy.

This is a great opportunity to join a fast growing organisation, where R&D and New Product Innovation sit central to the organisation’s growth and expansion plans for the business going forward. 

Electronics Engineers who are seeking that next step on the ladder, to combine leadership and hands-on development and design duties at the same time, would be a perfect match for this position. 

This Electronic Engineer role is commutable from Birmingham, Worcester, Wolverhampton, Telford, Stafford, Lichfield, Coventry, Redditch and Stone. 

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Design, R&D & Projects Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994

 

Probe Recruitment is looking to appoint Trainee Recruitment Consultants to join our growing and successful team.   

Ideally you will be driven, a quick learner, hardworking and resilient, as these traits will enable a Trainee Recruitment Consultant to quickly build a successful patch and grow their earnings.

Some of the features that a Trainee Recruitment Consultant can expect from working for Probe include:

  • An Outstanding Commission Scheme – You could earn up to 30% on the fees that you generate, and you can earn commission on 100% of your billings.
  • Highly Competitive Basic Salaries – Commensurate with experience.  
  • A Structured Career Development Pathway – To Team Manager or Principal level.
  • A Highly Knowledgeable Team - You will work with some highly experienced and successful Consultants, some of whom have worked here for over 21 years.
  • Reduce Your Daily Commute - If you live in North Birmingham, you could cut the time and cost of going into the city each day.
  • Free Car Parking Provided 
  • Pension & Healthcare Provided – After a short qualifying period.
  • An Excellent Working Environment – This is a very friendly office culture, and we adopt a mature approach to KPI management.
  • Incentives - We run a regular individual and team-based incentives, where you can win prizes and Michelin Star meals.  We also value and reward longevity with long service awards.

If you are a driven individual, ideally with some sales experience, and would like to be become a Trainee Recruitment Consultant, I’d be very keen to discuss this opportunity with you in greater detail.  

You can initiate that conversation by applying via this advertisement, or you can call or contact me directly – andy.davies@probejobs.co.uk / 0121 321 4311.

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Technical Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994