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     Date Submitted:17-10-2005
     Last Modified:21-09-2021 (10:09)
    Job information
     Current job:Design Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems
     KeywordsMechanisms Design Engineer Automation Robotics

    Personal Details

    Date of birth:30/03/1971

    Nationality :British             



    MSc, Astronautics & Space Engineering

    Cranfield University, UK,  2004-2005

    BEng, (HONS) Mechanical Engineering, Degree, Grade 2.2

    Northumbria University, 1990-1994



    MITx: 8.02x Electricity and Magnetism, edX platform

    GTx: mechatronics: The Mechatronics Revolution: Fundamentals and Core Concepts, edX platform

    ETHx: AMRx: Autonomous Mobile Robots, edX platform

    GTx: CS1301x1: Computing in Python 1: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming, edX platform


    Skills Summary

    Creative, I have a lateral thinking approach to the design process and I can develop original concepts, using sketching and drawing before using CAD.

    Good understanding of engineering fundamentals – limits & fits, Geometric tolerancing, machining processes and off the shelf engineering components used in the automation/mechatronics industry.

    I gained experience from several companies in the design and development of automated machines, engineering equipment and machines, plus other areas in engineering.

    I have CAD experience with Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor and Creo/Pro-E


    Work Experience


    Consultant Design Engineer

    Silicone Microgravity Ltd 10-2020 to date

    Design of R&D equipment for testing of MEMS microgravity sensors, work included, micro-degree precise X-Y table, using piezo actuators, for alignment of gravity sensors.Rate table heater rig for 20g testing of thermal characteristics and performance of gravity sensors.

    Cad System: Solidworks


    Consultant Design Engineer

    Kapacitet A/S 18-2020 to 05-2020

    Based in Copenhagen, I worked with a small team developing a laser device for one of their clients. My work involved developing intricate macor ovens for the precise heating of crystals, mirror holders for holding/aligning mirrors etc.

    Cad System: Solidworks


    Contract Design Engineer

    AIXTRON Ltd 01-2019 to 12-2019

    Aixtron produces deposition systems for the semiconductor manufacturing process.
    As a mechanical design engineer, I worked in a team of about 6 engineers designing a new deposition machine for the manufacture of LED’s. All design work was undertaken using Pro-E, I was tasked with designing the overall layout, framework, the servo operated lid, along with many other things.
    Cad System: Pro-E


    Contract Design Engineer

    PCME Ltd (Envea)  04-2018 to 01-2019

    I worked as part of a small team including a physicist, electronics and software engineers designing and developing a new laser dust monitor. The system had mechatronic components, motor driven shut off valves, solenoid locks, stepper driven calibration optics, plus sensors. We build and tested many prototypes using 3D printed parts, as well as aluminium parts to ascertain the best optical design. I also programed an Arduino to drive the first prototypes to test all the mechanics operated correctly.

    CAD system: Solidworks


    Contract Design Engineer

    TDL Sensors (Envea) 10-2016 to 04-2018

     I worked there as part of a small team on all mechanical aspects in the development of four new tuneable diode laser products. 

    CAD system: Solidworks


    Contract Design Engineer

    PCME Ltd (Envea)  3-2016 to 10-2016

    I worked on mechanical aspects of PCME’s analysers, including the development of an air purging system, the design of a servo test rig, including writing a small Arduino control program for it.

    CAD system: Solidworks


    Contract Design Engineer

    42 Technology Ltd –10-2014 to 12-2014

    42 Technology is a product development and engineering consultancy, I worked as part of a small R&D team on a project which required conceptually designing mechanisms, for which I hand sketched ideas through to modelling conceptual designs on CAD.

    Cad System: Solidworks


    Contract Design Engineer

    Linx Printing Technologies Ltd –4-2014 to 10-2014

    I worked as part of a team developing a new printing machine, this included the design of various components, conceptual design/Kaizen/brainstorming and CAD modelling.

    CAD System: Creo


    Contract Design Engineer

    Mechatronic Solutions – 10-2013 to 4-2014

    I undertook the following designs/projects in the development of automation equipment;

    Mechanical design of robot welding cell.

    Mechanical design of two automated clip insertion and sonic welding machines.

    Mechanical design of a twin robot automated cell. Machine incorporates various sensors, CMOS sensors, LVDT transducers, pneumatics, crimping stations an index table as well as a 6 axis and 4 axis robot.

    CAD System: Autodesk Inventor


    Contract Design Engineer

    The Dome Company, Halesworth – 07-2013 to 08-2013

    I undertook cad-modelling, design and had creative input into the functionality and styling of the Kneehigh Theatre’s Asylum, their new 500 seat temporary structure theatre, a beautiful structure comprising of geodesic domes and aluminium trusswork  I worked with stress analysis engineering companies, stressed fabric membrane analysis engineers, Truss work engineering companies and many arty people. My CAD work was displayed in an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, (not many engineers get to have their work presented in national art galleries!)


    Contract Design Engineer

    MBDA Missile Systems –  Stevenage – 01 -2013 to 7-2013

    Undertook conceptual design, including hand sketching and CAD to illustrate design ideas, all secret.

    CAD system: Pro-E.


    Contract Design Engineer

    Mettler Toledo Safeline Xray  –  Roysten  -  11-2012 to 12 - 2012

    Second placement with Mettler Toledo as a design engineer developing  Xray machines and conveyor systems.

    CAD System: Autodesk Inventor


    Contract Design Engineer

    TAP (The Automation Partnership) Biosystems –  Roysten  07-2012 to 10-2012

    Part of team designing a prototype, concept automated hyperstack filling machine

    CAD System: Autodesk Inventor


    Contract Design Engineer

    Mettler Toledo Safeline Xray  Roysten  -  01-2012 to 07-2012

    I undertook design work to improve their current X-ray machines, design bespoke mechanisms for customer specific machines and I also designed a new reject conveyor system.

    CAD System: Autodesk Inventor


    Contract Design Engineer

    Hale Hamilton Valves Ltd Uxbridge -  12-2010 to 01-2012

    Design of various components used within flow valves and valve blocks, paying particular attention to surface finishes, tolerances and material specifications.

    As part of the design process calculations, for hoop stresses, shear stresses in bolts, plate stresses, etc were calculated.
    CAD System: Solidwork


    Contract Design Engineer

    DEK Printing Machines Weymouth - 08-2010 to  11-2010

    I developed a new concept for a new stencil cleaning mechanism for DEK’s SMT screen printing process machines.
    Initially I sketched out various concepts for discussion and review, once concepts were settled upon, I CAD modelled a prototype which could integrate into an existing machine for testing. The mechanism was quite compact and complex with motors driving sinusoidal cleaners etc.

    CAD System: PRO-E.


    Contract Design Engineer

    The Dome Company, Halesworth –11-2009 to 08-2010

    As part of a small team/collective of companies we began development, initial concepts for a large transportable theatre, “The Asylem” for the Kneehigh Theatre Company. The Dome Company specializes in the design and manufacture of geodesic domes and one off structures with flexible coverings: Solidworks.


    Contract Design Engineer

    Huxley Bertram – Cambridge - 09-2009 to 11-2009

    Huxley Bertram designs bespoke automation equipment, I worked on various, cam driven and servo driven mechanisms on a rotary table assembly machine which incorporated a laser welding station and a camera checking station.

    CAD System: Solidworks.


    Contract Design Engineer

    Doyen Medipharm Ltd – Norwich –10-2007 to 07-2008

    Doyen Medipharm manufactures automated medical packaging machines, I was tasked with the design of mechanisms and processes for a new transdermic patch production machine. The machine incorporated Omron servo motors, alpha gearboxes, various sensors, conveyors and a vacuum conveying system.

    CAD System: Autodesk Inventor


    Contract Design Engineer

    Wastology Systems Limited - 01-2007 to 10-2008

    Wastology Systems Limited develops large scale natural waste composting systems for councils and recycling companies

    CAD System: Solidworks


    Contract Design Engineer

    Diamond H Controls – Norwich - 06-2003 to 09-2004

    I worked on components used in Diamond H Control’s gas flow valves and control equipment.

    CAD System: AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor


    Design Engineer

    Orwin Automation – Newcastle Upon Tyne - 01-2000 to 07-2002

    Orwin automation designs special purpose/automation equipment and machines. My responsibility as a design engineer was to undertake the design of automated machines and mechatronics. This included conceptual design, identifying machine processes, mechanism design, machine design, overseeing build issues, trials and installation issues. I used a variety of sensors and sensing methods; light sensors, through beam, reflective and distance; proximity sensors, inductive and capacitive; pogo pins; pressure sensors etc and a variety of pneumatic cylinders, linear, rotational, with linear guides, stop cylinders dependant on the mechanism I was designing. I designed machines for several companies including Nissan, NSK bearings and Ford.

    CAD System: AutoCAD 2D and 3D


    Design Engineer

    ADM Automation – Newcastle Upon Tyne - 12-1997 to 11-1999

    ADM Automation designs automation equipment, machines and assembly lines. As a design engineer it was my responsibility to design machines from original concept through to final drawings, including machine processes, mechanism design, sensing methods and pneumatic systems. As a project manager it was my responsibly to oversee projects, control budgets (approx 100K per machine), place orders, deal with customers, manage timescales, deal with external machining / fabrication companies and source components/equipment etc.  I used various sensors, vision systems, rotary tables, Bosch palletised lines, pneumatics and also programmed an SMC SMAC linear actuator to measure force and travel parameters on an assembly machine for TRW.

    CAD System: AutoCAD


    Design Engineer

    Bede Technology Ltd – Newcastle Upon Tyne - 28-10-1996 to 30-11-1997

    Bede Technology designed and manufactured special purpose equipment and machines. My role was to work with the engineering manager to deriving the processes and mechanisms required on each machine and thereafter design all the mechanical aspects of these machines, produce detail drawings and assembly drawings.

    I designed machines for Samsung, Elmwood sensors, Inter Connection Systems and Ikeda Hoover at Bede Tech.

    I gained a good understanding of tolerancing, bearing arrangements and various mechanical components, and also learnt a great deal from the toolmakers and fitters, as well as engineers.

    CAD work was undertaken using 2D AutoCAD .


    Graduate Design Engineer

    North East Innovation Centre – Newcastle Upon Tyne - 01-05-1995 to 25-10-1996

    I joined the N.E.I.C, through a local authority 6-month training scheme and was permanently employed thereafter. This training scheme allowed me to gain the necessary skills required to progress as a mechatronics/automation design engineer. In the drawing office under guidance, I carried out design and development projects, from concepts through to drawing detail and assembly drawings. Half my time at the NEI was spent in the workshops to improve my practical skills. I was taught how to use MIG welding equipment, digital readout milling machines, lathes, grinding machines and general engineering tools. I gained a basic working knowledge with pneumatic and hydraulic systems and assisted in assembling machines and troubleshooting, both in the workshop and on site.


    Industrial placement

    British Gas North Thames (Distribution), London.

    My responsibilities included managing small projects, designing/planning new pipe layouts and using flow network analysis programs to predicting gas flows. 


    Pre and During University

    Many unskilled Jobs

    I funded myself through all my education, I worked as a domestic in a hospital, erecting scaffolding on building sites, labourer on various building sites, factory work, packing, stacking shelves etc.

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