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     Date Submitted:19-06-2019
     Last Modified:06-08-2019 (01:02)
    Job information
     Current job:Mechanical Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsMechanical Design, Design, Structures, Aerospace, Stress, Finite Element Analysis, FEA, FEM


    I am an experienced, motivated and eager Mechanical Engineer working in the aerospace industry. I have significant experience in design and analysis, using CAD and FEA methods. A proven strength of mine is the ability to learn quickly, be it technical knowledge or utilisation of new software techniques, to deliver a solution within budget and schedule.



    Queensland University of Technology, Australia


    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

    Bachelor of Business Management




    Australian Citizenship

    Fluent in both English and Afrikaans


    Technical Skills

    Soft Skills



    Design for manufacturing


    Mechanical and Structural

    Classical Stress Analysis

    Finite Element Analysis

    Thermal Analysis


    Engineering drawings

    Supervise, guide and participate in assembly activities

    Technical and Project Management

    Led engineering activities

    Led project management activities and stakeholder engagement

    Problem Solving

    Innovative, out of the box thinking

    Holistic problem solving approach


    Oral, written and presentations

    Business, scientific and technical audiences

    Organisational Skills

    Methodical and logical

    Self-management of time

    Team Worker


    Integrate quickly into team environments

    Flexible and adaptable

    Leadership and Delegation

    Clear decision making


    Guide and facilitate concise meetings


    Company standards and procedures

    ISO9001: 2015 Quality Standards


    Professional Experience

    QinetiQ Australia, Engineer

    May 2018 - Present

    I am currently working with the QinetiQ Special Projects team to undertake bespoke tasks, which does not fall under standard aircraft platforms or the Aircraft Structural Integrity contract. These tasks can range from conceptual design and structural analysis, to developing new capabilities for QinetiQ. Our team recently developed a new company capability to analyse thermal cycled explosive ordnance to determine shock sensitivity as a safety concern. This required quick learning of thermal analysis fundamentals and modelling, and its effect on ordnance energetics.

    Abaqus, Nastran and Patran for Finite Element Analysis

    Understanding of thermal analysis fundamentals and modelling using Abaqus

    Modelling and engineering drawings, using Inventor and AutoCAD

    ‘Engineering Authority Development Plan’ for checking of engineering drawings


    QinetiQ Australia, Mechanical Engineer

    August 2015 – May 2018

    As a Mechanical Engineer with QinetiQ’s manufacturing facility, I supported the fast paced delivery of products to Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group. Working directly with clients, I had the opportunity to partake in the full product life cycle. I gained significant experience in mechanical design and analysis, as well as verification and validation activities.

    Design for manufacturing and assembly of mechanical systems

    Lead Mechanical Engineer for the production phase of QinetiQ’s Engine Change Capability

    Gained Company Competencies: Classic Stress Analysis, Mechanical and Structural Design, Engineering Design and Drawing, and Computer Aided Design and Drawing (Advanced)

    QinetiQ Australia ‘Excellence in Innovation Award’ and nominee for QinetiQ Global Innovation Award


    TS&B Retail Systems, Design Engineer

    January 2015 - August 2015

    I worked as part of a Research and Development team to design, verify and certify modular shelving systems for Australia’s largest retail companies. This position required communication to our manufacturing division in China to deliver successful products.

    Concept design and development using SolidWorks

    Design for manufacturing and assembly

    Presentation of designs to clients

    Manufacturing drawings for large volume manufacturing


    Bremar Automation, Work Experience Engineer

    March 2014 - January 2015

    As a Work Experience Engineer, I contributed to client projects using Finite Element Analysis and Multi-Body Dynamics. This position also afforded me the opportunity to learn Shape Topology Optimisation to further develop prototypes to lightweight deliverables.

    Design using Siemens NX 8.5

    Altair Hyperworks Suite



    Referee 1:

    Referee 2:

    Mr Matthew Goldstraw

    Mr Jason Montgomery

    Program Director – QinetiQ Structural Integrity

    Director – Quartek Engineering Services

    Team Leader – QinetiQ Mechanical Design and Analysis (DST Group)

    Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne, Australia





    Referee 3:


    Mr Andrew Pelletier


    Technical Lead & Senior Principal Engineer
    QinetiQ Special Projects


    Melbourne, Australia





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