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 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:

Our client is looking to recruit a presales technical support & CAD operator to join their busy projects team. They are an established market leading manufacturer and distributor, based in North West Leicestershire. The successful individual will be responsible for liaising with trade customers, architects and main contractors.

The successful individual will ideally be an experienced technical based CAD Operator.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Offering pre-sales technical support to customers phone calls and emails supporting all of their products
  • Generating and issuing CAD drawings as required to support their trade customers
  • Issuing CAD sections to architects to assist in their drawings
  • Issuing product drawing layouts and chasing for approvals
  • Occasionally attending client meetings off site to support their area sales team (pool car will be provided)

Person Specification:

  • CAD experienced
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic, able to work alone and also as a team
  • A strong, clear communicator both verbally and electronically
  • Organised yet flexible with an ability to adapt to changes in workload
  • Able to demonstrate good working IT skills (Microsoft Outlook, Word & Excel essential) with the ability to learn in house systems
  • Produce and issue CAD drawings from templates where available
  • Able to demonstrate a technical ability to read drawings and understand the product

The Benefits:

  • £22,000 - £25,000
  • Competitive pension package after qualifying period
  • Standard hours of 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday
  • Free car parking on a first come first served basis
  • Up to 25 days holiday pro-rata, plus bank holidays
  • Canteen facilities with cold drink & snack vending, microwave and fridges
  • BIM/Revit and product training to support the role

Commutable from Leicester, Loughborough, Ashby De La Zouch, Swadlincote, Burton upon Trent

 

The Role:

This Contract is for an initial 12-months work, supporting a team of nine Engineers, to assist in the clearing of a backlog, whilst focusing on keeping the facility running smoothly.  You will need to be experienced in working with Customers; whether internal or external from design through to install and commissioning.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • The role sits within the Global Test Technology Team, supporting turbo testing facilities to ensure equipment is suitably maintained and upgraded to meet ever changing business requirements.
  • The role will support daily customer requests for pipe connection adapter and rig designs along with individual aspects of major test cell up fits and overhauls. The role will also support daily requirements of the lab to ensure operational efficiency and safety.
  • The individual must have strong communication skills, working with product engineers and manufacturers to define scope of works/specifications, design solutions, procure components and assemble/test in alignment with business needs.
  • Working within a highly experienced team of Mechanical Engineers the successful candidate must cooperate and take guidance from those around them whilst challenging capabilities to ensure continuous improvement.
  • The working environment is fast paced with the need to manage multiple projects of varying priority and complexity, there is therefore a requirement to prioritise own work while acting cohesively within the team to ensure success.

Person Specification:

  • Experienced Mechanical Engineer (5 years plus industrial experience) with an in-depth knowledge of engineering design/manufacturing, project management and facility change management. Previous experience of working in a Test environment (specifically turbocharger/rotating machine testing) would be advantageous although is not essential.
  • Test equipment specification and design (use of CREO or similar design software required), experience in material selection and manufacturing methods.
  • Project Management - Establishes and maintains the "Balanced Triangle" of Scope, Schedule and Resources for a temporary effort (a "project"), with use of quality tools to ensure high quality decision making - Measurement systems analysis, structured problem solving, fault tree analysis, risk assessment and process hazard analysis.
  • A working knowledge of data acquisition and mechatronics is desirable, with previous experience of interpreting test procedures and methods.
  • Working knowledge of HSE standards to ensure safe working practices (e.g. lifting equipment, ergonomics, hot working and working at heights), decision quality - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Effective communication - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences, building networks - effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.
  • Resourcefulness - Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently, managing complexity - Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.

Qualifications:

  • A College or University Degree in Engineering Technology or equivalent, is required.
  • Mechanical or Chemical Engineering Bachelor’s / Master’s Degree is highly desirable.

Rate:

  • £31.00 - £32.00 per hour
 

The Role:

Our client is looking for an experienced Design Engineer to join the existing team to support with much of the Electrical AutoCAD work, alongside four other team members. 

You will be supporting a specific project for a new test facility, for which allowance has been made up to January 2020.  The bulk of the CAD work will be carried out by another employee; however, this contractor will need to be more of a decision maker, someone who can make suitable suggestions and add more to the design philosophy behind the project.  

Key Responsibilities :

  • The role is primarily focused on working as part of a small team of Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers and software Engineers to develop turbocharger performance testing facilities located within clients testing laboratory.
  • The scope of the design skill required, includes the design of low voltage control systems (up to 400VAC), safety PLC integration and programming, distributed instrumentation and control design, using a mixture of analogue, digital and bus-based protocols.
  • The individual must have strong communication and teamwork skills, working with the design team to define scope of works/specifications, design solutions, procure components and assemble/test in alignment with business needs.
  • Working within a highly experienced team of Engineers the successful candidate must cooperate and take guidance from those around them whilst challenging capabilities to ensure continuous improvement.

Person Specification:

  • Experienced Electrical / Electronic Engineer (5 years plus industrial experience) with an in-depth knowledge of engineering design/manufacturing.  Previous experience of working in a Test environment (specifically turbocharger/rotating machine testing) would be advantageous although is not essential.
  • Use of AutoCAD electrical for producing schematics, layout drawings, BOMS, wiring schedules and supporting documentation, using the agreed company standards.
  • Liaising with panel and enclosure build technicians (in house) to ensure a consistent build process. Devising, documenting and carrying out subsystem testing prior to full system assembly in the test facility.
  • Developing innovative solutions to potentially complex measurement or control problems. Carrying out DFMEA or similar assessments as part of a team to ensure designs meet functional and safety requirements.
  • Working with the team and project leader to agree time / resource plans, consideration given to scope of work and project risk. Reporting of progress vs plan and developing mitigation plans as necessary.
  • Knowledge of the following standards and technologies would be highly beneficial; Machinery directive and associated BS-EN standards to compliance, Allen Bradley RSLogix/Studio 5000 programming and hardware design for safety PLCs, Common industrial protocol for Allen Bradley PLC, Modbus sensors and control elements.
  • Distributed I/O systems, Allen Bradley / Rockwell VFDs for typical 5kW machinery, ABB VFDs for typical 5kW machinery, Eurotherm and EPACK controllers and iTools software

Qualifications:

  • College/University Degree in Engineering Technology or equivalent, is required. Electrical or Electronics Engineering Bachelor’s or Master’s degree highly desirable.
  • Electrical qualification for LV design work, i.e. 17th Edition wiring regulations.

Rate:

£30.00 - £32.00 per hour

 

Introduction:

Senior Design Engineer (Domestic Appliances)

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a global recognised brand and be part of the new concept creation of future generations of modern domestic appliances.

Based within the heart of Product Development this role will play a key part in the future generation of the company’s new product releases that will in turn allow better business growth and market share.

Duties will include:

  • The main purpose of the role will be to manage and motivate a team of engineers and associated staff to deliver New Product Development programmes in a fast, safe and cost-effective manner. This will also involve planning, costing and controlling the budget associated to NPD and new product launch.
  • Be a pivotal part of the business design function proposing new and improved systems and business methodologies.
  • Be the design lead and point of reference within the PD team capable of designing, analysing, interpreting and implementing solutions for new products, or to ensure resolution of any warranty or value analysis proposal.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding and adherence to business processes and an awareness of ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001.
  • Undertake or delegate product designs as necessary to ensure timely release designs, engineering drawings, CAD files, specifications, etc, as appropriate.

The right candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Minimum qualification is an HNC in an Engineering Discipline with at least 5 years design related experience.
  • Excellent communication skills in both the spoken and written form.
  • A capable experienced and ‘hands on’ designer fully conversant with Solidworks and an associated PMD system.
  • Be fully conversant with Product Development systems, materials, specifications and processes necessary for the generation and introduction of new products and features.
  • Ability to effectively contribute to a project team unafraid to challenge the norm.
  • Possess good analytical skills to formulate solutions and challenge assumptions
  • Self-motivation and the ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Ability to control, manage and motivate the design office functions and personnel as required.

Benefits:

  • Salary : £47,000 - £50,000
  • Pension Scheme
  • Profit Share Bonus 5%
  • Attendance Bonus

For more information please send your latest CV ASAP.

 

The Role:

We are currently seeking to employ a Technical Writer to work at our clients Technical / Design office based in Derbyshire. This will be a permanent position to which they are looking to fill as soon as possible. The position advertised will be working within their existing Manual Department creating and developing the Operation, Installation, Maintenance and Spare Parts Manuals that are included in the Scope of Supply for every machine that is sold by the companies group worldwide.

Role Function:

The successful candidate will be part of a team that is responsible for preparing all of the product manuals that client supplies to its customers. These manuals usually accompany very high value equipment and therefore form a very important part of the initial supply. Their clients use the supplied manuals to understand the basic operations of the equipment, to gain information on routine maintenance requirements, trouble shooting and the ordering of spare parts. It is essential the manuals are produced to an exceptionally high standard and are presented in a format that is easy to comprehend.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Drawing Office Manager and must be willing to work as both part of a small team and also independently utilising their own initiative when required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organize and write high quality documents that are easy to understand. This may also include photographs, drawings, diagrams, animations, and charts.
  • Co-ordinate the relationship between text and graphics to make content more comprehensible, develop and adapt contemporary methods of manual presentation.
  • Liaise with internal departments to utilise practical manufacturing and assembly experiences to improve the procedural aspects of the company product manuals.
  • Ensure all information contained in the manual is correct at time of creation, implement any necessary processes and work flows that may improve efficiency.
  • Liaise with the UK Technical Department to ensure all technical matters and legal codes where applicable are adhered to.
  • Ensure any contractual delivery dates are achieved to eliminate costly penalties, ensure that manuals are retrospectively updated to match any changes that may happen to equipment in the field.
  • Manage any 3rd party that may be engaged for language translations.

Person Specification:

  • Previous technical writing experience, industry knowledge preferred, but is not essential
  • Exceptional writing skills.
  • Willingness to learn the business and its product range, this may include time spent on the shop floor and also visits to job sites.
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision (once established).
  • A competent level of design skills. Competent with a wide range of software including AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Framemaker, Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Have a systematic and disciplined approach to work; able to plan, schedule and monitor own work.
  • Able to deliver consistently high levels of work within limited and defined timelines.
  • Excellent communication skills with staff at all levels - verbal and written.

Hours and Package:

  • Salary circa £25,000 plus, dependent on experience, plus a fantastic company bonus
  • Contracted hours of work are Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm (30-minute lunch, 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
  • Fantastic company bonus scheme
  • 10% employer contributed pension, with 0% required from employee
  • Private medical cover (currently with Bupa) on completion of the probationary period
  • 33 days holiday
  • The possibility of joining a company with a great staff retention record - average years’ service being 13 years

Commutable from Derby, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop

 

The Role:

A vacancy, reporting to the Development Manager has arisen in the R&D department for an experienced Electrical 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.

Familiarity with either pressure vessels, process pipelines, pumps, valves, heat exchangers would be an advantage.

Alternative industries will be considered.

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
  • Electrical approvals e.g. LVD

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

Secondary Duties:

Support a team with the approval process including:

  • Safety approved systems (SIL)
  • Metrology

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

Person Specification:

  • Minimum of a Degree in a relevant engineering subject from an accredited University or substantial experience in lieu
  • 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 may 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:

  • Circa £40,000, dependant on experience
  • Bonus £5,000 per year
  • Free life assurance
  • Private medical insurance

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

 

Design / Programmer Engineer (Alphacam)

We have a great opportunity for a Design Engineer with CNC experience or a CNC Programmer who has recently moved into a Design position.

I am working with a company that create and build products on a bespoke basis for their customers and they are often requested to produce something that would challenge their competitors.

Their Design and Development Team is closely linked to the companies in-house CNC Machinery and the position will offer the link between 3D Modelling and New Product Development into the CNC process via Alphacam.

However duties will also include some aspects of design and redesign so that effective production can be achieved.

I am seeking a candidate with at least 18 months recent experience using Alphacam, within a Design for Manufacture environment. The right candidate will also have 2D & 3D CAD experience.

The company offer training and support on their products and internal systems, but a suitable candidate will have come from an environment where materials and media are cut and shaped to form a product that is related to either Wood, Plastic or Metal.

For more information please send your latest CV ASAP.

 

 

The Company:

This business is a rapidly growing reputable company with over 30 years of experience, with three offices in the UK.

They are specialists in construction projects with an ever-increasing scale and complexity nationwide. They have established a broad client base with projects ranging from small residential properties through to vast commercial developments.

They offer civil and structural engineering expertise, ground investigation, health and safety services and building surveying as well as other specialised services and consulting support.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Produce drawings for building structures in all structural materials including steel, concrete, masonry and timber as well as sub structure drainage, external works and highways
  • Liaise with structural engineers, clients, architects and sub-contractors on all drawing matters

Person Specification:

  • Minimum of 2 GCSEs including English and Maths
  • City & Guilds qualification in AutoCAD or HNC/HND Building Studies
  • Minimum of 2 years experience
  • Experience in Revit and detailing of reinforced concrete would be an advantage but is not essential

Salary:

  • Salary is negotiable dependant on experience

Commutable from Milton Keynes, Coventry, Kettering, Rugby, Bedford, Corby

 

The Company:

This business is a rapidly growing reputable company with over 30 years of experience, with three offices in the UK.

They are specialists in construction projects with an ever-increasing scale and complexity nationwide. They have established a broad client base with projects ranging from small residential properties through to vast commercial developments.

They offer civil and structural engineering expertise, ground investigation, health and safety services and building surveying as well as other specialised services and consulting support.

The Role:

  • Undertake structural design on a wide variety of civil and structural projects within the commercial, residential care, industrial and education sectors on projects up to £15 million in value

Person Specification:

  • You will be chartered or approaching chartership status through IStructE or ICE and have a minimum of 7 years post graduate experience
  • Have design experience and structural analysis skills in all common structural materials including steel, concrete, timber and masonry
  • Proficient in relevant engineering design software
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be able to manage your own workload to meet client requirements and project timeframes and supervise project engineers/technicians accordingly
  • Confidently represent the company at meetings and liaise with clients, consultants and contractors
  • A positive team member
  • Able to write accurate reports and project documentation
  • Have a full driving licence and own transport

Salary:

  • Attractive salary, negotiable dependant on experience, with the prospects of long-term development within a growing company

Commutable from Leicester, Rugby, Oakham, Corby, Kettering, Daventry, Coventry

 

 

The Company:

This global company is synonymous with producing innovative equipment and are world leaders within their niche industry. With 40 plus years behind them, they continue to be at the forefront of their field and are continually growing.

The business is in a period of unprecedented growth, through several big project wins. They offer excellent, realistic opportunities for career development and progression.

The Role:

Working alongside an established team, and reporting to the Design Manager, the Mechanical Engineer’s main tasks will be to provide solutions to mechanical issues.

This opportunity would suit an experienced Design Engineer, as well as a recent Graduate.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Creation of 3D models
  • R&D of existing products and assisting improvements/developments of newer products
  • Working closely with the projects team
  • Site visits, assisting design and installation
  • Creating BOMs
  • Creation of manufacturing, assembly and installation drawings
  • Client liaison
  • Communicating with colleagues to at all levels

Person Specification:

  • BEng / MEng in Mechanical or Structural Engineering or related discipline (2:1 or better)
  • Be actively working towards professional Chartership with major engineering institution - desirable
  • 2+ years’ experience in product design / manufacturing environment
  • A solid understanding of first principles engineering design
  • Experience in 3D CAD systems
  • A good appreciation of the importance of Design for Manufacture / Assembly
  • SAP experience
  • Understanding of structural calculations software (ideally)

Package:

  • Salary negotiable dependant on experience
  • Fantastic company bonus scheme
  • 10% employer contributed pension, with 0% required from employee
  • Private medical cover (currently with Bupa) on completion of the probationary period
  • 33 days holiday
  • The possibility of joining a company with a great staff retention record - average years’ service being 13 years

Commutable from Derby, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop

 

The Role:

Client is a family business where changing people’s lives through the products that they design, manufacture and install is a daily occurrence. With 35 years’ experience under their belt, they are a leading provider in the UK, a market leader in Europe and have a presence in many other countries worldwide.

Based at their ISO9001 accredited, purpose-built manufacturing facility in Derbyshire, they believe the future success and growth of their business is inextricably linked to the introduction of innovative, high quality solutions.

They are now recruiting an additional Design Engineer to work within a focused Research & Development team, capable of taking the lead on your own projects whilst contributing to those of your colleagues through collaborative and cross functional working.

You will have proven experience of developing products from idea through to production prototype whilst fully considering design for manufacture and assembly.

Candidates at various stages of their career development will be considered, but full project experience is a pre-requisite.

Person Specification:

  • Degree or equivalent Qualifications in Product Design / Mechanical Engineering or related subject
  • You will have a mechanical engineering background, with strong experience in the design and development of mechanical structures and mechanisms.
  • Be fully conversant with all aspects of Solidworks 3D CAD
  • Experience of developing New Products to satisfy end user needs
  • Create product specifications, project plans and detailed designs.
  • Select the optimum materials and manufacturing methods to meet business and product needs
  • Validate and verify designs by prototyping, testing and first batch manufacture support
  • Ensure products meet appropriate safety and performance standards for CE marking
  • Ability to manage a project to conclusion, on time and on budget

Key Characteristics:

  • Possess a passion to succeed and make a difference to the customer
  • Enthusiastic and Energetic with a positive “Can Do” attitude
  • An excellent communicator, able to work cross functionally
  • Computer Literate with the ability to work unaided.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work on your own initiative and contribute to the continuous improvement philosophy which exists within the company
  • Understand the principles of design for manufacture and assembly
  • Excellent command of the English Language (Both written and spoken)

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary £30,000 - £40,000, negotiable dependent on experience
  • Flexi-hours option
  • Pension Scheme
  • 31 days holiday
  • Extra holidays for length of service
  • Life Insurance
  • Profit related pay
  • Incentive schemes
  • Retail discount scheme

Commutable from Derby, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Nottingham and Mansfield

 

Introduction:

TEST / VALIDATION ENGINEER - LabVIEW

We have a Contract opportunity to work on a programme that is related to Automotive sector and the creation of new technology.

The primary purpose of the position is to supply test engineering resources to support project and application teams on-site in the area of Powertrain applications.

Duties Include:

  • Support the Product Validation Manager in the development of test plans and high-level test rig requirements.
  • Collaborate in the detailed design of the instrumentation hardware and software (sensors/transducers, electrical signal conditioning, DAQ selection, digital signal processing).
  • Responsible for investigating and solving test rig instrumentation related problems.
  • Produce documentation of the test rigs systems and LabVIEW software (electrical circuit diagrams, system block diagrams, signal processing specifications, user guides etc.)
  • Manage test automation systems for commissioning, development and validation testing.
  • Provide support to the electronics and software groups to help solve signal processing or test related problems.
  • Verification/validation of system performance to technical specification
  • Report results from Validation tests.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Engineering or science degree
  • Experience of test systems requirements capture, production and presentation of proposals and management of suppliers to deliver systems
  • 1-3 years relevant experience
  • Experience using LabVIEW or similar for signal processing, data capture, control and user interfaces of test equipment.

Desirable:

  • Experience developing instrumentation and control systems for rotating electrical machine dynamometers.
  • LabVIEW experience
  • Strong analogue and digital signal processing skills.
  • Good understanding of electrical noise and countermeasures.
  • Experience of developing instrumentation systems for test equipment.
  • Practical experience using electronics lab equipment (oscilloscopes etc).
  • Testing of rotating machines
  • Experience with torque, rotational position and current transducers
  • Knowledge of automotive protocols (CAN, flexray etc).
  • Knowledge of databases and experience accessing them with LabVIEW.
  • Experience with microphones and accelerometers.
  • Experience with NVH related signal processing techniques.

For more information please send your latest CV ASAP.