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Design Engineer

Region: South Shields

Michell Bearings, part of the British Engines Group, designs and manufactures hydrodynamic whitemetal (or Babbitt) and PTFE lined bearings for the industrial, commercial marine and naval markets. As the inventor of the hydrodynamic bearing over 100 years ago, the company continues to develop its products to meet the changing needs of industry; providing bespoke product solutions in partnership with its global client base.

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A vacancy has arisen for a Design Engineer to join the design team based at South Shields.

The role

This role will have responsibility for generating bearing designs and associated documentation in support of either pre or post customer contract activities, or internal Michell Bearings’ research and development activities.

Duties will include

  • Undertaking conceptual design work in support of bearing tenders, and detail design work for contracts and new product development.
  • Producing and managing models and engineering drawings within the company’s CAD systems.
  • Utilising the company’s component databases to promote the reuse of existing designs.
  • Performing bearing performance calculations using the company’s suite of software.
  • Performing structural strength of materials calculations to support bearing designs.
  • Participating in design review meetings.
  • Liaising with other departments, customers and suppliers in support of the above.
  • Preparing a list of parts that forms the skeleton for the bill of materials.
  • Generating and transferring the required departmental design documentation deliverables.
  • Maintaining component part records in the company database systems, as well as other documents required by business quality system processes.
  • Always seeking to propose the most cost effective design.

The person

To be successful in this role, candidates will need an HNC or equivalent in mechanical engineering. They will need full design life cycle experience with excellent 3D CAD modelling and 2D technical drawing skills (preferably Creo or Pro/Engineer). An understanding of MathCAD, Windchill and Microsoft Office applications is desirable.

Experience of designing castings, fabrications and precision machined, close tolerance, turned and milled components is essential. Familiarity of international standards/directives related to the design and testing of products for use in naval, nuclear and hazardous area applications would be beneficial.

Good organisational and time management skills are essential, as is being a good problem solver with the ability to work to tight deadlines.

Hours of work are 37 hours, however the successful candidates must have a flexible approach to working hours.