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 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 exciting opportunity for a Design Engineer join a well-established company, with over 50 years of experience.

Reporting to the Senior Design Engineer, you will be responsible for the design of core machinery using 3D CAD.

This is a growing, local company and a genuine opportunity for the right candidate to have and develop a successful career.

Role Overview:

  • The Design engineer should have significant demonstrated experience in an engineering and manufacturing environment - preferably with engineered metal fabricated equipment
  • While client products are of low to medium volume and medium to high levels of variability in specification, they aim to utilise appropriate lean methodologies that fit the business model and experience in the business model is highly beneficial
  • The highest levels of quality standard are needed and required for the role. The Design engineer would be expected to help implement changes leading from internal quality issues or engineering changes
  • The role will be primarily office based, however may involve some travel to suppliers and customers as required
  • To liaise with other departments as appropriate, to ensure the timely completion of projects
  • Maintaining accountability for the accuracy of system information relating to the Bill of Materials for every part, assembly and contract Job
  • A range of objectives and KPIs from short to long term will apply, typically embracing; on time delivery of contract Jobs from the department & Reduction of engineering related quality issues

The role requires the use of the following software:

    • Microsoft Office products - Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
    • 3D CAD, AutoCAD.2D CAD & Vault
    • Epicor (ERP)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design of core machinery using 3D CAD (Autodesk Inventor is preferred, but other 3D proficiency will be considered)
  • Designs/modifications to standard machinery to suit the clients particular site requirements and/or engineering changes as required
  • Creation of Bills of Materials for entry into the company’s ERP system.
  • Working with sales and development engineers to create new products from initial concept through to full production units
  • Value engineering of current designs
  • Use of DFM best practices to meet the needs of the production facility
  • Working with the production operatives to increase production efficiency through better machine design and the design of jigs and fixtures
  • Enhancing the customer satisfaction levels to be the major focus
  • Be forward thinking and raise new ideas and working methods to increase the department’s throughput

Package and Benefits:

  • £21,000 - £30,000
  • 6% employer contributory pension
  • Death in Service, 4x annual salary
  • 30 days, including statutory, rising to 33 days
  • Company performance bonus, 5% of salary

Commutable from Peterborough, Boston, Stamford, Wisbech, Market Deeping

 

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.

The Role:

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an Electrical Engineer to join the Engineering Department to work on various installation projects, with the electrical works consisting of electrical installation design, control systems and control panel general arrangements.

This is a developing role; therefore the right candidate will have the opportunity to grow and develop within the company as an Electrical Engineer.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The completion of projects including for the preparation of works specifications and AutoCAD drawings
  • The use of Amtech software to complete cable calculations
  • Pre-installation site surveys
  • The completion of technical reports
  • The programming of PLC’s and HMI’s
  • Research and development of new products and services

Person Specification:

  • A minimum HNC in Electrical Engineering, or approved equivalent will be considered
  • A strong passion for engineering and the ability to demonstrate a desire to build a career within this industry
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A full clean drivers licence
  • Experience in MS Office Suite Software

Salary:

  • £25,000 - £31,000 (negotiable dependant on experience)

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

 

The Company:

This is an opportunity to join a growing and expanding business. The business is a supplier of quality systems for large engineering projects across a number of sectors. They work on systems within the power generation sector from hydroelectric power stations to critical plant within the nuclear industry. They also create systems to aid flood defence and fail-safe systems to combat the potential effects of natural disasters within cities.

They design and manufacture complete hydraulic systems using Solidworks including Power Units, actuators and accumulators through to installation, commissioning and servicing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing and designing Hydraulic Schematics, General arrangements, Actuators and Manifolds
  • Production of Bills of Materials
  • Liaising with customers to refine requirement and design parameters
  • Working on projects from original concept to complete manufacture

Person Specification:

  • 3D CAD proficiency in producing quality detailed engineering drawings (Solidworks preferable)
  • HNC or equivalent in engineering is preferred
  • Knowledge or Hydraulic or Pneumatic Systems advantageous
  • Mechanical, Production or relevant Engineering background
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-Starter
  • Excellent time management skills, able to balance priorities of multiple projects
  • Knowledge of a wide range of manufacturing techniques

Salary:

  • £30,000 - £35,000 dependent skill-set and experience

Commutable From: Stafford, Uttoxeter, Stoke on Trent, Crewe, Leek, Congleton

 

The Company:

This business has a long history of designing, manufacturing, and installing innovative solutions to the UK’s blue-chip industry base.

From their Nottinghamshire base they design and manufacture a wide range of equipment that finds itself into every area of industry.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Review handover documents received from sales team, sometimes receiving a face to face handover on larger/more complex projects
  • Review customer/sales concept designs effectively to produce well designed style solutions
  • Attend site when required to survey layout drawings
  • Attend site kick off meetings when required
  • Preparation of layouts, GA and detailed drawings
  • Ensure work is carried out to agreed timescales
  • Produce bill of materials (BOM’s)
  • Order items on bill of materials
  • Complete documentation such as maintenance manuals and spares list from standard templates
  • Assist sales team with layouts when required

Person Specification:

  • Conveyor, conveyor systems design experience is essential (belt conveyor / roller conveyor / slat conveyor / modular belt conveyor / pallet conveyor / chain conveyor)
  • Experience of building conveyors would be advantageous
  • Microsoft Office proficient.
  • Experience with Solidworks / Inventor (Solidworks being preferred)

Benefits:

  • Salary of up to £35,000 dependant on experience and skill-set – based on a 39-hour work week
  • Bonus
  • Annual pay rises
  • Pension scheme
  • Paid overtime (x1.5), with lots of overtime available

Commutable From: Nottingham, Derby, Loughborough, Burton upon Trent, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Newark on Trent

 

The Company / Role:

Client provides detailed design, project management and construction management services to utility bodies, developers and contractors throughout the United Kingdom.

With a rapidly expanding workload and with a new client base, they now require an AutoCAD Project Engineer.

The candidate will be working within a small and dynamic team on a range of technically innovative projects for blue chip developers and major companies.

An accredited training package may be offered to enable the successful candidate to progress towards professional qualification.

They specialise in the following disciplines:

  • Existing Infrastructure Facilities Renovation and Expansion
  • Infrastructure New Build Design and Construction
  • Utility Design and Construction
  • Process Improvements
  • Engineering Feasibility and Detailed Design
  • Project Management, programming and planning
  • Construction Management and Commissioning
  • Regulatory Compliance and Advice
  • Procurement and Expert Contract Advice
  • Residential Mechanical and Electrical design services (building services design and specification)

They are accredited to the following:

  • Member of the Association of Consulting Engineers
  • BSEN ISO 9001 and ISO14001 accredited
  • Member of the Construction Health & Safety Group and The Association of Project Safety
  • Accredited ICE Training Scheme

Key Responsibilities:

  • A minimum 3 years minimum experience in the design of public health (sewerage and water mains) and utility infrastructure or building services projects. 
  • Fully proficient with contemporary 3D AutoCAD software.
  • Working experience of BIM/Revit would be of a considerable advantage but is not essential for this role.

Hours:

  • £30,000 - £35,000 dependant on experience
  • 37.5 hours a week, 5 days per week
  • 9.00am till 5.30pm with 1 hour for lunch

Commutable From: Chelmsford, Stratford, Enfield, Brentwood, Dagenham, Grays, Ilford, Basildon

 

The Company / Role:

Client provides detailed design, project management and construction management services to utility bodies, developers and contractors throughout the United Kingdom.

With a rapidly expanding workload and with a new client base, they now require a Civil Engineering Project Engineer.

The candidate will be working within a small and dynamic team on a range of technically innovative projects for blue chip developers and major companies.

An accredited ICE training package will be available to enable the successful candidate to progress towards professional qualification.

They specialise in the following disciplines:

  • Existing Infrastructure Facilities Renovation and Expansion
  • Infrastructure New Build Design and Construction
  • Utility Design and Construction
  • Process Improvements
  • Engineering Feasibility and Detailed Design
  • Project Management, programming and planning
  • Construction Management and Commissioning
  • Regulatory Compliance and Advice
  • Procurement and Expert Contract Advice
  • Residential Mechanical and Electrical design services (building services design and specification)

They are accredited to the following:

  • Member of the Association of Consulting Engineers
  • BSEN ISO 9001 and ISO14001 accredited
  • Member of the Construction Health & Safety Group and The Association of Project Safety
  • Accredited ICE Training Scheme

Key Responsibilities:

  • A minimum 3 years minimum experience in the design of public health (sewerage and water mains) and utility infrastructure (gas, electric, water, telecoms) for re-developments and new developments. 
  • The successful candidate shall be qualified to a minimum ONC level (Civil Engineering), preferably Degree level.
  • Proficient in CAD, MS office and Windes software.

Salary and Hours:                                 

  • £30,000 - £35,000 dependant on experience
  • 37.5 hours a week, 5 days per week
  • 9.00am till 5.30pm with 1 hour for lunch

Commutable From: Chelmsford, Stratford, Enfield, Brentwood, Dagenham, Grays, Ilford, Basildon

 

Junior / Graduate Electronic Engineer

Introduction:

We are seeking recent qualified Electronic Design / Development Engineers to join a very fast paced Research & Development team in the Central Midlands area. The roles will be biased towards design, test, code writing, prototype build (Board level up), customer and supply chain liaison.

Company:

The company make a range of devices that are used in a myriad of industry sectors across the globe, each being tailored and bespoke to a customer’s individual need. As a company they have seen real growth from £5 million to £30 million turnover in recent years, due to innovation.

Skills Required:

  • The roles require a good junior level knowledge of electronic hardware and firmware development and application, with some proven exposure of Embedded C, Microcontrollers, Digital and Analogue Design and PCB’s. The technology is embedded into devices used mainly within the production and manufacturing sectors, so an appreciation of electro-mechanical and mechatronics applications would be greatly beneficial.
  • Applicants should have a natural ability to communicate and present themselves in a professional manner to internal and external team members and customers and a great deal of a daily activities will be project managing a project from concept or design change brief through to sign off for manufacture.
  • The positions come with a progression plan that allows an individual to create and pick a career path within a global group of companies who have a strong history or rewarding and promoting engineers early in their careers.

Benefits for a Junior / Graduate Electronic Engineer:

Salary : £23,000 - £26,000

Bonus : (c£3,000)

Pension

If this sounds of interest and you have Graduated or qualified in the last 18 - 24 months with a formal Degree or similar in Electronic / Software Engineering, please get if contact for more information.

Please note that these positions are open to all applicants who have the right to work and live in the UK, but Non-EU Citizens will also be considered as long as they fall into the categories to gain a sponsorship visa.

 

Company:

The Company has a 40-year history in the design and manufacture of lifting and mechanical handling equipment and is known internationally. Their products tend to be unique in the marketplace due to the deliberate strategy of finding innovative designs to solve customer problems.

As part of the Company’s expansion, an opportunity has arisen within one of client’s specialist divisions. Specialising in the design and manufacture of products and systems to support the nuclear decommissioning and new build sectors, this division is a highly-regarded supplier to prestigious customers. The successful candidate will work within a specialist team and support a wide variety of unique and high-quality projects.

Role and Key Responsibilities:

Client is looking for a Mechanical Design Engineer to be integrated within their team and to perform the following duties:

  • Produce innovative design solutions to meet customer requirements
  • Develop designs using Autodesk Inventor and produce drawings suitable for manufacture, including machining and fabrication drawings
  • Have due regard to legislation, British Standards and nuclear requirements and liaise with the client on designs
  • Carry out stress analysis including hand calculations
  • Fully cost designs and produce a bill of materials, compile QA documentation to underpin the equipment manufactured, offer project support in terms of collating and presenting documentation
  • Trouble shoot production problems, produce system layouts and module assemblies, work alongside the production team to ensure a successful delivery, produce operation and service manuals

Person Specification:

A minimum of five years’ relevant industrial experience is essential:

  • Formal Mechanical Engineering qualification to Degree level
  • Good working knowledge of 3D CAD packages – ideally Autodesk Inventor 2015 or later
  • An interest and knowledge of machinery and fabrication design
  • Ideally experience with the nuclear industry (or similar high-level industry) and ideally experience with lifting equipment, hydraulic circuits
  • A basic understanding of the design of electrical control circuits would be an advantage, preferably with some experience with Mathcad for presentation of hand calculations
  • Fully proficient in Microsoft Office, good verbal, visual and written communication skills, prepared to be flexible on working hours to meet deadlines

A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK (unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010).

Whilst nuclear experience would be beneficial, a firm understanding, and solid application of mechanical and hydraulic principles will be most important for this position. Guidance and personal development can be given to the successful candidate for nuclear-specific requirements.

The successful candidate will be well supported within the Design Team but will be expected to meet deadlines from the outset and their performance will be monitored. The company has high expectations of all employees and they are expected to continue with their personal development.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary: Negotiable depending upon experience.

Contract: Permanent 40hrs/week Mon - Fri, plus overtime (as required).

Benefits: Company Bonus, Company pension, Opportunities for personal development.

Applicants will be invited to a telephone interview in the first instance, and then a formal interview and office/factory visit if successful.

Commutable From: Sheffield, Rotherham, Mansfield, Alfreton, Derby, Nottingham

 

Company:

The Company has a 40-year history in the design and manufacture of lifting and mechanical handling equipment and is known internationally. Their products tend to be unique in the marketplace due to the deliberate strategy of finding innovative designs to solve customer problems.

As part of the Company’s expansion, an opportunity has arisen within their Lifting Equipment division specialising in the design and manufacture of vehicle mounted cranes and lifting platforms.

Role and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work within a specialist team and support a wide variety of unique and high-quality projects for customers at home and abroad. The role will not be limited to one product, so the candidate must be prepared to be flexible within the team.

The successful candidate will be well supported within the Design Team but will be expected to meet deadlines from the outset and their performance will be monitored. The company has high expectations of all employees and they are expected to continue with their personal development.

They are looking for a Mechanical Design Engineer to be integrated within their team and to perform the following duties:

  • Produce innovative design solutions to meet customer requirements
  • Develop designs using Autodesk Inventor and produce drawings suitable for manufacture, including machining and fabrication drawings
  • Have due regard to legislation, British Standards and nuclear requirements
  • Liaise with the client on designs
  • Carry out stress analysis including hand calculations
  • Fully cost designs and produce a bill of materials

Person Specification:

  • Formal Mechanical Engineering qualification to degree level with good working knowledge of 3D CAD packages – ideally Autodesk Inventor 2015 or later
  • Relevant industrial experience preferable and an interest and knowledge of machinery and fabrication design, ideally experience with lifting equipment and hydraulic circuits
  • A basic understanding of the design of electrical control circuits would be an advantage
  • Fully proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK (unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010).

Salary and Benefits:

Salary: Negotiable depending upon experience.

Contract: Permanent 40hrs/week Mon – Fri, plus overtime (as required).

Benefits: Company Bonus, Company pension, Opportunities for personal development.

Applicants will be invited to a telephone interview in the first instance, and then a formal interview and office/factory visit if successful.

Commutable From: Sheffield, Rotherham, Mansfield, Alfreton, Derby, Nottingham

 

The Company:

This is a fantastic senior level opportunity, 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 work load 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.

Package:

  • Salary £36,000 - £43,000 - dependant on experience
  • Company incentive scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Plan with 7.5% employer contributions
  • Death in service policy

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

 

Introduction:

PC Application Software and Firmware Engineer

We are working with a fast paced and fast-growing technology / innovation team that have over the last ten years created a number of market leading products / devices that in-turn have seen their organisation grow their turnover by over 300%.

The organisation now boasts a strong Electronic and Software Development Department and is now looking to add some good Graduate Engineers into their own development programme.

As a company they export their products to global customers and are recognised for their bespoke and innovative technology.

Duties:

  • Based within a small internal team the role will quickly have responsibility for creating and developing PC / IT Applications - Software & Firmware in-line with live product development customers orders. The position will also liaise with the internal Software / Electronic Hardware and Mechanical Design Teams to ensure applications and modules are on track to meet the final product brief.
  • The purpose of the role is to improve a device that is used in the engineering industry sectors, in the way it can communicate, collate data / algorithms and relay information to third parties.

Skills & Experience:

  • Applicants should have a formal qualification in Software Engineering or Computer Science with ideally a years’ experience in industry.
  • Good knowledge of Embedded C, C#, Realtime and Coding and Testing Systems.
  • A strong desire and interest in new product development
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Some experience of building test rigs or apparatus to test products.
  • Good Software and MS Office skills

Benefits:

The company offer excellent benefits, career prospects and training. It is common for Junior Engineers to quickly move to more senior engineering and team leading positions within a few years and then on to Management / Directorship opportunities.

The company is part of a large global group of individual companies that offers internal recruitment and great career progression.

If you Graduated recently or in the distance past in Software Engineering, please get in contact.

 

Company:

The business is the UK’s largest manufacturer of steel products for their industry. They have many decades of expertise and employ over 1,000 people throughout their group.

Operating through a number of market leading brands; they design, manufacture and install for commercial and industrial environments.

Products and components may be manufactured in-house or through outsourced suppliers.  Manufacturing techniques can include, but are not limited to, fabrication from sheet-metal and coil, including roll-forming; polymer extrusion, injection and rotational moulding; aluminium extrusion and machining.

Role Function of a Development Engineer:

  • The Product Development Engineer function is to support the development of products and continuous improvement of existing ranges, in line with business and departmental strategies. 
  • Projects will vary from developing entire ranges, to individual components/features.
  • The role includes working together with Test and Structural Engineers on new developments and planned product verifications of products/components/features.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Management of individual engineering tasks/projects within time and budget constraints
  • The Product Development Engineer will provide regular and timely communications and updates to the Product Development Manager and Group Technical Director.
  • Creating/maintaining product technical information (inc. manufacturing & assembly drawings, electrical schematics, registers, supplier information, product digests & installation/assembly Instructions, operations and maintenance manuals).
  • Working with Data Controllers to maintain product Routes & BOMs, Procurement & Data Controllers to ensure technical specifications & purchasing information is accurate and correct and Structural and Test Engineers for product and component testing, as well as Group Health, Safety & Quality.
  • Any reasonable request of management.

 Person Specification of a Development Engineer:

  • Mechanical handling equipment exposure would be advantageous
  • Manufacturing processes in rolling and press form thin gauge steel
  • Health and safety and risk assessment
  • IT literate, with strong IT skills in AutoCAD (2D), SolidWorks and Microsoft office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • CE Marking processes
  • Awareness of Electrical (IEC) regulations (advantageous)
  • Manufacturing environment exposure
  • A basic understanding of SAP / Manufacturing / ERP systems would be advantageous

Benefits for a Development Engineer:

Salary - Negotiable Dependant on Experience

Commutable from Milton Keynes, Bletchley, Northampton, Aylesbury, Luton, Hitchin