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     Date Submitted:16-02-2014
     Last Modified:23-03-2014 (04:35)
    Job information
     Current job:Mechanical/Thermal Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsMechanical engineering, thermal engineering, FEA, technical management, space instrumentation, customer facing, supplier facing, radiometric design, complete product life-cycle, good knowledge of space instrument design & manufacture & assembly & test, o


    Monika is a highly skilled Mechanical and Thermal Engineer with over 5 years experience in Technical Management of complex and multidisciplinary space instrumentation projects. Her background in FEA consultancy (7 years) gives her customer-focus, flexibility and a wide range of project experience.  She is looking for a Technical Management role (permanent / contract) within the space or aerospace industry where she can apply her expertise and excellent interpersonal skills with an outlook on system engineering.


    Key Technical Management Skills

    • Customer and supplier facing experience
    • Extensive experience in mechanical, thermal and radiometric engineering for space programmes and understanding of opto-mechanical design requirements
    • Complete product life-cycle experience from bid to successful delivery
    • Experience of international liaison in both customer and internal team interaction
    • Good knowledge of space instrument design, manufacture, assembly and test
    • Organised approach and good planning skills


    Selection of Engineering Experience

    Oct. 2008 to present: Thermal/Mechanical Engineer at EnerSys ABSL Space Products, UK

    • Technical Management of several precision calibration system projects at ABSL
    • Providing structural, thermal and radiometric design and analysis expertise
    • Responsible for definition of preliminary and detailed design
    • Performing FE analysis and model correlation
    • Customer interaction including presentation of key data at reviews
    • Preparation of detailed engineering reports with focus on the verification of requirements adhering to ECSS and project standards
    • Test management including writing or review of test plans, procedures and reports through interaction with internal and external test facilities and teams (e.g. RAL vibration testing, NPL optical measurements)
    • Highlighting any risks associated with current projects
    • Supporting business development team in preparation of technical proposals
    • Providing technical support and working effectively with a variety of internal teams (sales, design, procurement, manufacturing, test, product assurance)
    • Technical point of contact for external suppliers (e.g. surface finishes, flight and non-flight mechanical parts, cryogenic engineering, test houses)
    • Work package management of technical elements including supporting the project manager along with planning and execution of technical activities to meet project milestones
    • Technical Manager on blackbody projects including: IR calibration system of the Sentinel-3 SLSTR instrument, TIR Blackbody of the Multi Spectral Imager Instrument for EarthCARE, Sentinel-3 Microwave Radiometer Ground Calibration System
    • Technical Lead in the proposal and project work for METimage Blackbody IR calibration; Technical support to projects such as the ESA funded Low Mass Calibration Load (LMCL) project, Fabry-Perot Etalon requirements for FLEX, SWARM Lithium-ion battery and several instrumentation project proposals



    2001 to 2008: Development Engineer at Kistler-IGeL Engineering Company, Germany

    • Technical Responsible for in-house product development projects and consultant for external customers in Research and Development departments
    • Application of mechanical strength investigations in various areas: automotive, mechanical engineering, consumer goods
    • Major clients are companies such as DaimlerChrysler, Bosch, Stihl, Instron Structural Testing Systems and BMW
    • Structural and thermal analysis of mechanical components and assemblies using FEM (ABAQUS), identifying weak spots in design and opportunities for design improvement, presentation of simulation results to the client and technical report writing
    • More recent responsibilities include representation of simulation department work in internal publications and website, project administration (booking and billing) on behalf of 8 simulation engineers and training of new staff members
    • Successful completion of numerous projects in the following fields:

    - Static analysis of metallic, plastic and elastomer components (moulded flexible dampening elements, seals) with an emphasis on non-linear simulations including contact, large deformation and rotation, friction, non-linear material behaviour (plasticity, hyper-elasticity)
    - Thermal and mechanical/thermal coupled analysis
    - Dynamic analysis, including modal analysis


    1996 to 2001: Research Assistant (p/t) at University of Tuebingen, Germany

    • Authored documentation on GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) data processing for 3D subsurface model generation. Assisted GPR data acquisition in the field
    • Performed tracer tests with soil samples in laboratory, measured magnetic properties of rock samples


    1997 to 1998: Hydraulics Assistant (p/t) at Dr. Eisele Environmental Engineering Company, Germany

    • Conducted hydraulic tests, handled digital data storage of hydraulic parameters, collected and logged groundwater samples (also on contaminated sites), researched possible precipitation seepage


    Key Skills

    • Analytical Tools: SolidWorks, ABAQUS (Standard and Explicit), MSC/PATRAN, NASTRAN, MS Excel, ANSA, PERMAS, Medina
    • Languages: German (native), English (proficient), French (conversational)


    Qualifications and Education

    • ESATAN-Thermal Modelling Suite Beginner Course (ESATAN-TMS 2012)
    • RAL Space ESD Course (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory 2012)
    • Space Systems Engineering Course (Southampton University 2010)
    • Project Management Introductory Course (Provek UK 2009)
    • Team Development Workshop (Germany 2006)
    • Non-linear Simulations with Finite Elements Course (Association of German Engineers VDI, Germany 2002)
    • FEM Model Generation for Structural Mechanics (Department of Statics and Dynamics in Aerospace Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany 2001-2002)
    • MSc in Applied Geology and Geophysics (5-year course at University of Tuebingen, Germany 2001). Master thesis explores active braided river systems and their deposits with methods from remote sensing and geophysics, 3D subsurface mapping of sedimentary architecture using Ground Penetrating Radar (GRP). Gained first experiences with numerical simulations taking courses in hydrologic modelling (groundwater flow and particle transport).


    Contact Information

    Residence:    in UK, OX7

    Nationality:    German



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