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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer - Oxon

My clients in Oxon are looking for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer.

This role is commutable from Abingdon, Didcot, Oxford, Faringdon, Witney, Reading, Thatcham, Newbury.

My clients specialise in the development of cutting edge harsh environment optical sensors.

They have developed strong relationships with large blue chip multi-nationals throughout the world.

Reporting to the Engineering Manager you will lead and take ownership of the development of mechanical designs.
Being the main contributor, you will lead and provide guidance to your peers and junior colleagues to ensure continuous improvement of and adherence to high-quality engineering practices.

The main duties of the Principal Mechanical Design Engineer will be:
• Development of mechanical aspects of products, prototypes, and production tooling.
• Recomend adequate materials and geometries selection for all product applications, considering environmental aspects, producibility and cost.
• Develop tooling, rigging, jigs and setups for manufacturing, test and production.
• Provide leadership and guidance to junior colleagues and direct reports to ensure excellent engineering practices across the team.
• Maintain clear communication with other engineering, R&D and production teams to ensure good alignment on goals, objectives and timelines.

Essential Criteria:
• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent education.
• Solid understanding of mechanisms & electro-mechanics.
• Technical and practical understanding of manufacturing processes, such as machining, welding, brazing, bonding, polishing and etching.
• Proficiency in creating complex models and assemblies in SolidWorks CAD.
• Experience in creating and editing engineering drawings, and Design for Manufacture (DFM).
• Experience in development and production stage procedures ensuring equipment safety.
• Ability to use simulation tools for design purposes, including finite-element analysis (SolidWorks Simulation).
• Experience in implementing and following essential engineering practices, including change management, configuration control and risk management.
• Ability to write and work with technical reports and documentation.

Desirable Criteria:
• Experience in working in a startup/SME.
• Experience in working with optical fibre products and prototypes and understanding of common processes (e g splicing, joining).
• Experience in working with low TRL (Technology Readiness Level) technologies and innovation.

• Ability to develop simple programmes and control codes (Arduino, C+, R, etc.).

• Experience in pneumatic and / or thermodynamic design.

• Proficiency in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).

• Experience in working to BS8888 drawing standards.

• Control design skills, including control for linear motion, ball screws, linear stages and motors.

• Familiarity with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

• Understanding of pressure system safety and gas handling.


Competitive salary to c£65k and benefits package on offer for the right candidate.

To apply for this Principal Mechanical Design Engineer role in Oxfordshire please contact us ASAP!