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 Company:

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

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

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

o          Processing waste into energy

o          Renewable energy production

Mechanical Design Engineer Salary:

  • £32,000 - £40,000 Dependent on Experience
  • Health Plan

The Role:

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

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

Mechanical Design Engineer Key Responsibilities:

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

Person Specification:

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

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

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

The following key attributes are also essential:

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

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

 

The Role:

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Design Manager to join this exciting business that is being considered for Best Employer in the Norfolk Business Awards 2019

The Design Manager reports to the Director/Owner and Founder and takes responsibility for the small and talented design team of four, to achieve amazing things.

This is a concept to production role - they don't just design it they make it too. You will be expected to support, mentor and guide their designers to ensure that products are costed, designed and created in the most efficient and cost-effective way to meet customers’ expectations.

Package and Benefits:

•               £40,000 - £45,000 Dependent on Experience

•               33 days holiday

•               Your birthday off

•               Free parking

•               Plus, several other employee benefits

Design Manager Key Responsibilities:

To design and develop designs from design briefs supplied by customers/sales staff covering:

  • Innovative conceptual thinking / ideas
  • R&D of ideas for new products
  • R&D of systems and methods of production
  • Liaising closely will sales staff to understand and develop ideas
  • Direct contact with customers
  • Initial concepts / sketches
  • Initial design drawings for costing purposes
  • Produce 3D visuals and presentation documents
  • Overseeing production of prototypes
  • Value engineering of designs

To specify materials, fixings and construction methods and setting appropriate standards for these including:

  • Working closely with approved suppliers to specify/understand production methods
  • Understand material limitations and correct use
  • An understanding of cost management

To work with team to compile quotes including:

  • Producing and sending drawings direct to approved suppliers
  • Requesting costs direct from approved suppliers
  • Compiling costs and completing costing’s documents
  • Ensuring sound cost management principles are applied

To manage, organise and assist with any prototyping process for new products including:

  • Organise prototypes with suppliers
  • Liaise with production staff on assembly methods
  • Review and make changes as required

Design Manager Person Specification:

  • This is a hugely varied role and pressured at times. You must be commercially astute and a strong leader; skilled at building relationships with a full concept to production skill set.

  • The Design Manager will have around 10 years design experience with proven managerial skills. You will be familiar with a variety of production techniques as well as 3D CAD, preferably Solidworks

Commutable from Cambridge, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Wisbech, Kings Lynn, Wymondham

 

The Company:

This is an opportunity for a self-starting Design Engineer 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 defense 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.

Design Engineer Key Responsibilities:

  • The Design Engineer will be 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

Design Engineer Person Specification:

  • The Design Engineer will have Solidworks experience
  • HNC or equivalent in engineering is preferred
  • A level of knowledge with Hydraulic Systems
  • 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:

  • £25,000 - £32,000 dependent on skill set and experience

Commutable from Stafford, Uttoxeter, Stoke on Trent, Crewe, Leek, Congleton

 

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.

This is a company and role that offers realistic opportunities for career progression and development, being at the forefront of their industry and market leaders within it.

The Role

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the Mechanical Design Engineer will work within the Mechanical Team to assist with the company’s development of innovative products and solutions.

Key Responsibilities

The Mechanical Design Engineer will be responsible for, but not limited to;

 

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

Person Specification

 

  • You will hold a Degree in Mechanical Engineering (or similar)
  • At least 2 years Mechanical Design Engineer experience
  • Experience in 2D / 3D CAD systems (Autodesk Inventor is preferred)
  • Knowledge of fabrication and/or steel structures
  • Experience with SAP ERP or similar is desirable
  • A good appreciation of the importance of Design for Manufacture / Assembly principles
  • Practical manufacturing or installation experience will be seen as beneficial

Salary and Benefits

·£30,000 - £38,000. Negotiable, dependent on experience

  • Holiday that increases with service
  • Sick pay
  • Early finish Friday’s

Commutable From: Sheffield, Rotherham, Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Worksop, Newark on Trent

 

CAD / Design Engineer – HVAC Systems

We are seeking a Design / CAD Engineer to join a Systems Team in the Midlands area, who are tasked with HVAC Design projects directly for customers.

The company provides a wide range of services and systems, especially Air Conditioning and Cooling Systems.

Requirements:

  • The right candidate for this role will have at least 18 months experience working within HVAC and Cooling System Design with 2D and 3D CAD
  • A formal qualification in engineering HNC or above
  • Good CAD skills (AutoCAD)
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • A good general knowledge of engineering principles.
  • Exposure of designing to specification and with various materials.
  • Good Project Engineering abilities (Self-manage own projects in regards, timing and costs)
  • Have had exposure of Design for manufacture, site layout design and specification experience.

For more information please send your CV ASAP.

 

Mechanical Design Engineer

We are seeking a Mechanical Designer to join a technology company and be part of a great opportunity to join a small and dedicated team of engineers and scientists, designing technically advanced instrumentation that is widely recognised across the globe.

Requirements:

  • The successful candidate will be expected to embrace the opportunity for significant and rapid career development by accepting an increasing level of overall responsibility for product design and project management that would not necessarily be available within a larger organisation.
  • In addition to complex and challenging design work from concept through to medium volume manufacture, it will be expected that the standard drawing office requirements for build standard control and change note implementation are undertaken.
  • The role of design engineer, on occasion, may also require product and customer support anywhere in the world and in challenging offshore locations - so a willingness to travel at short notice will be needed.
  • The right candidate for this role will be expected to demonstrate a sound and comprehensive knowledge of fundamental engineering principles. They will be able to demonstrate a good ability to engineer a product with the support of 3D CAD and understand the requirements of getting each of the development and design phases right before moving to the production stages.

The company prides itself on that its technical staff: scientists, software, electronics and mechanical engineers, all work closely together to produce innovative and cutting-edge scientific instrumentation for their customers around the world;

and as a team they ensure necessary technical documentation and supporting procedures are adhered to, so it is essential that any prospective candidate can show evidence of having produced component & assembly drawings to a recognised standard.

Skills Required:

  • Applicants should be degree qualified in Mechanical Engineering (2.1 or higher) & ideally have at least 2 years
  • Have experience working as a Design Engineer in an engineering environment.
  • Be confident in producing and reading standard engineering drawings to high mechanical engineering standards.
  • Have had exposure of working to Quality, Build and Safety Standards within Design.
  • Good Communication Skills and the ability to present to other departments, customers and suppliers.

The company often undertakes defence contracting work for companies; therefore, candidates must be suitable for SC security clearance with the UK Ministry of Defence and must hold a UK passport.

Package:

  • Circa £35k to £35K basic annual salary depending upon the level of relevant experience, reviewed annually at staff appraisals.
  • Contributory pension scheme.
  • Life assurance scheme.
  • 25 days annual leave, plus public holidays.
  • Normal working week 37.5 hours, 8:00 - 8:30am to 4:00 - 4:30pm Monday to Friday

If this role is of interest to you, then please send your CV ASAP.

 

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:

  • Management of multiple projects and clients
  • 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 of Industrial Hydraulics or Mobile Hydraulics would be highly 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:

  • £35,000 - £40,000 dependent on skill set and experience

This Senior Engineer role is commutable from Stafford, Uttoxeter, Stoke on Trent, Crewe, Leek, Congleton

 

The Company:

For over 60 years, this business has been constantly evolving their product portfolio to meet the demands and ever-changing needs for some of the world’s largest industries.

From the design of their first ever product, the business has sustained manufacturing excellence, setting the industry standard for the turbomachinery market.

Today they operate from a purpose built, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Northampton, where they routinely design and develop system solutions for bespoke applications.

The Role:

An experienced CAD Design Engineer is required to study, research and develop ideas for new products and the methods used to make them. Working on a wide range of bespoke rotating machinery, couplings and test beds that must be functional and reliable, easy and safe to use, whilst ensuring the design is as cost effective and efficient as possible, including modifying existing products or processes to increase efficiency or improve performance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Brainstorming design solutions
  • Studying a design brief and researching whether it will work and be cost-effective
  • Performing initial sizing calculations
  • Assessing the usability, environmental impact and safety of a design
  • Using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-assisted engineering (CAE) software to create viable solutions
  • Conducting and documenting formal design reviews
  • Producing detailed manufacturing drawings and B.O.M.
  • Creating the inspection and test schedule

Person Specification:

  • A 2.1 degree or HND in a relevant engineering discipline
  • 3D CAD / 2D CAD experience and abilities
  • A creative flair and design ability with strong visual and spatial awareness
  • Excellent attention to detail with ability to spot potential errors
  • Strong maths and IT skills
  • Problem solver, self-starter and multi-tasker with good team working mentality
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Proven time management and procedural abilities

Package, Benefits and Hours:

  • Salary £35,000 - £40,000 dependant on experience
  • Excellent contractual benefits package to include contributory pension scheme, death in service and health insurance, together with a non-contractual annual profit share bonus
  • 33 days holiday
  • 37 hours per week - Monday to Thursday 08:30am - 17:15pm, Fridays 08:30am - 12:30pm

Commutable from Northampton, Leicester, Coventry, Milton Keynes, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Banbury

 

The Role:

This vacancy has arisen within this businesses R&D department for an experienced Product Engineer, providing life-cycle support of existing products.

The main function of the role is to evaluate and implement design change requests, looking at how to make them more efficient, re-drawing AutoCAD designs in Solidworks.

The Company:

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, world firsts and are committed to continuous product development on a concurrent engineering basis.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Preparing, maintaining and revision control of 3D CAD models, drawings and BOM’s using SolidWorks and Keytech PLM software
  • Updating and correcting CAD modelling errors in legacy SolidWorks Drawings, Parts and Assemblies, Re-drawing legacy AutoCAD designs in SolidWorks
  • Provide CAD draughting support to Research and Development Engineers
  • Work closely with and support other departments (Production, Production Engineering, Purchasing, Quality) and suppliers to improve existing designs with respect to design for manufacture and assembly
  • Provide assistance to other departments and suppliers to help solve technical problems during manufacture and assembly
  • Oversee validation testing required during the design change process and summarise results in a technical report, provide input to new product development based on experience of existing products
  • Performance of other tasks as detailed by the Development Manager - Mechanical and/or the Technical Director.

Person Specification:

  • HNC, HND or Degree in Mechanical and/or Production Engineering or related subject or relevant experience in lieu
  • Excellent practical experience in 3D CAD is essential, preferably using SolidWorks
  • Experience in PLM Systems and document revision control
  • Familiar with the principles of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Experience in a product development and product manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of special materials such as austenitic and Duplex stainless steels, hastelloy, titanium, tantalum etc. would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of permanent joining methods such as welding, brazing, adhesive bonding etc and knowledge of manufacturing processes such as casting, injection moulding, machining, fabrication, forming etc.

Salary / Package:

  • £35,000
  • Bonus £5,000 per year
  • Free life assurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Possible relocation assistance

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

 

The Company:

This business has 80 plus years of experience, specialising in the manufacturing of robust and reliable world-class handling equipment, exporting across the globe. Their range covers single machines up to full bespoke systems.

The company’s portfolio and capabilities have expanded significantly since they were established, with further major developments taking place.

Role Function:

  • You will be producing high quality production drawings for both in-house and sub-contract manufacture, as well as updating and improving current designs for existing equipment
  • The role includes liaison with the company’s sales team and customer base to finalise specifications

Experienced Required:

  • 3D design proficiency is essential, preferably Solidworks
  • You will have experience of machinery design / food processing equipment design
  • A keen eye for detail
  • An awareness of manufacturing implications and costs
  • Excellent communication skills

Salary:

  • £25,000 - £32,000

Commutable from Boston, Skegness, Coningsby, Lincoln

 

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.

This is a company and role that offers realistic opportunities for career progression and development, being at the forefront of their industry and market leaders within it.

The business is willing to consider candidates of all levels, from recent Graduate to Senior Structural Engiener.


Role Function

  • Operating as part of the mechanical team, a typical day will include you being involved in ongoing and new design projects, inclusive of calculations, and occasionally advising on foundations (experience in this area is not a pre-requisite)
  • The role offers real variety, with responsibilities across different functions and working on a good mix of projects/products

Person Specification

  • You will hold a Structural Engineering Degree, or similar
  • Any exposure to steel, mast/column structures, fabricated steel components or large-scale bespoke structures would be particularly useful
  • Structural Design and Calculations experience (a level of calculations experience would be highly advantageous)
  • Understanding of foundation design based on site conditions and structural requirements (useful, but not essential)
  • Ability to complete failure mode analysis and site-investigations into ageing structures and structural integrity, advising on structural maintenance and reviewing structural maintenance reports (ideally)

Salary and Benefits

  • £24,000 - £40,000 dependant on level of experience
  • Holiday that increases with service
  • Sick pay
  • Early finish Friday’s

Commutable From: Sheffield, Rotherham, Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Worksop, Newark on Trent

 

The Company:

This is a well-established business who are at the forefront of their industry, with over 40 years’ experience.

They operate from a large state of the art manufacturing facility that has been purpose built for the manufacture of their bespoke products.

This superb facility, BSI/ISO accreditation and creative R&D team enables them to provide a diverse, innovative range of high-performance products.

The Role:

In a busy environment, this role will see you providing specialist mechanical engineering expertise that is required for designing and building packaging machinery, automation equipment, injection mould tools, jigs and fixtures to meet the company’s business strategy.

The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of SolidWorks, a strong eye for detail and the ability to provide creative solutions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide mechanical engineering expertise to projects from the concept stage through to commissioning
  • Assist in the writing of Design Specifications
  • To creatively design innovative components, mechanisms and assemblies (in SolidWorks) to meet the needs of the Design Specification using suitable materials and manufacturing methods to achieve a reliable and cost-effective solution
  • Create CAD drawings (in SolidWorks) with appropriate tolerancing and manufacturing notes following internal document control systems, create detailed component specifications (for bought-in parts)
  • Research any processes that include uncertainty and prove concepts with prototypes as required
  • Coordinate the first build of new assemblies and the electrical and control requirements of machine build projects with Systems Engineers
  • Test the function of newly designed equipment, coordinating with Validation Engineers and produce the mechanical documentation and the collate any other documentation required to form the Technical File

Person Specification:

  • Educated to Degree level in Mechanical Engineering, Design or similar, with three years plus engineering experience
  • Experience working with special purpose machinery or packaging machinery would be useful. Any experience of medical packaging or devices would be highly advantageous
  • Self-motivated and with the drive and desire to create excellent products
  • Excellent organisational, project management and communication skills
  • A competent understanding of engineering and workshop machinery
  • Innovative, creative and enthusiastic
  • A great team player with a positive approach and a commercial outlook
  • Must be eligible to work in the UK

Package and Benefits:

  • £28,000 - £35,000 dependent on experience
  • 40 hours per week, 8am - 4:30pm or 8:30am - 5pm
  • 5% employer pension
  • Free tea and biscuits

Commutable from Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Loughborough, Mansfield, Lichfield