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Project 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 Project Design Engineer to join the design team based at South Shields.

The role

This role will have the responsibility to undertake design and development projects that increase the company’s technical knowledge, provide innovative cost effective design solutions and improve the operational efficiencies of Michell Bearings’ design engineering processes.

Duties will include

  • To undertake design work in support of bearing tenders, contracts and new product development.
  • To carry out bearing performance calculations.
  • To carry out stress analysis calculations including FEA.
  • To undertake new product developments.
  • To undertake projects to improve operational efficiencies in the design areas.
  • To design test rigs and supervise testing.
  • To analyse and report on bearing performance testing.
  • To assess new materials and production technology advances.
  • Provide technical assistance to other departments.
  • To liaise with customers and suppliers.

The person

To be successful in this role, candidates will need a minimum 2:1 honours degree in mechanical engineering, as well as several years research and development experience gained within a mechanical engineering environment. They will need full design life cycle development experience with excellent 3D CAD modelling and 2D technical drawing skills, as well as knowledge of product development and testing.

An understanding of FEA techniques and experience of MathCAD are desirable. The candidate will either be a full chartered member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers or have a suitable background to allow full membership to be achieved without a further period of academic learning.

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.