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about 1 year ago
Location: Leamington Spa
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Design / Development Jobs
* Summary

To be a part of the transmission design team, responsible for sub system and component design in a wide range of Transmission & Driveline products which consist of complex mechanical systems and components. For example, gears, shafts, park lock and shift actuation systems within products such as passenger car DCTs, hybrid transmissions and off-highway transmission systems.

The Senior Design Engineer will work closely with the Principal/Chief Designer and take responsibility for the mechanical design of a particular mechanical system or component as identified by the Principal/Chief Designer or Engineering Manager. Additionally, you will assist the Engineering Manager in coaching other Design Engineers to develop design skills and work to the department processes.


Experienced in mechanical design and generating complex 3D models and 2D drawings using computer aided design software.

Roles and Responsibilities:

* To work in a variety of market sectors from passenger cars to industrial and defence markets

* Innovate and scheme the mechanical design and integration of complex components and systems from clean sheet to detail 2D drawings. For example; transmission casings, hydraulic valve block castings, shift systems, launch devices, gear, shaft and bearing arrangements, with guidance where necessary

* Carry out mechanical design work including 2D layouts, 3D modelling, basic stress and mechanical design calculations, 2D detailing and tolerance stacks, agreeing the design approach with the project Principal/Chief Designer

* Highlight possible technical risks with your component and surrounding sub systems to the Principal/Chief Designer or Engineering Manager

* Take responsibility for the quality of technical work undertaken by Design Engineers (approx. 2 Engineers) whilst meeting time and cost targets

* Create technical reports for engineering projects and present to the client

* Assist the Principal Engineer in preparing and presenting mechanical designs at design reviews

* Work with manufacturing and process engineers to ensure products are designed for manufacture

* Checking of Design Engineers 2D drawings for manufacture before Principal/Chief Designer approval

* Carry out/manage design change requests as per process in a timely manner

* Liaise with suppliers and other Ricardo departments to ensure the required information is available when needed and customer requests are dealt with in a timely manner

* Responsible for reporting progress of all assigned tasks to the project management teams, Principal Designer or Engineering manager

* Supports business proposal generation with mechanical design input

* Identify opportunities to innovate and suggest R&D topics for further study

* Able to take on project roles such as Principal Designer as required and dependent on project type

* Take responsibility for coaching and mentoring Design Engineers in design techniques and departmental processes

* Keeping up to date and dissemination of:

* Latest manufacturing techniques and drawing standards

* Latest technology trends

* Latest developments in design tools


Degree (Bachelor or Masters) in mechanical engineering or similar field or with equivalent experience


* Broad range of mechanical design knowledge. Experience of automotive transmissions or hybrid driveline design is strongly preferred

* Proficient 3D CAD skills with one or more major CAD systems (e,g CREO, CATIA, NX)

* Design for prototype and production manufacture as well as assembly

* Proficient in 2D detailing including GD&T

* Able to analyse FEA results and adapt designs accordingly. Experience of using finite element analysis packages such as Creo Simulate would be beneficial.

* An understanding of other Engineering functions such as hydraulics, development, test, assembly and control systems would be beneficial

* Competent in Windchill or other PLM systems

* Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint

* Experience in Mathcad would be beneficial but not required

* Leadership of a small project design team (2 minimum)

Additional Requirements:

* Confident proactive character, ability to take the lead in challenging situations with support when necessary

* Excellent communication skills, dealing with other employees and external clients in English

* Self-motivated with an appreciation for transmission and driveline systems

* Team player

* Effective problem solving capabilities and ability to work to tight deadlines

* Committed to undertaking professional development

* Able to travel to support Ricardo’s worldwide client base

Working at Ricardo

* Become part of a world class Engineering company located at Ricardo MTC in the heart of the UK automotive industry, a short distance from the pleasant Regency spa town of Leamington Spa

* There are opportunities to work at other Ricardo sites across the world as well as travelling abroad to meet and work with the customer

* Ricardo offers project variety and the opportunity to learn and gain experience in current and new disciplines. Ricardo’s projects encompass many different customer markets and highly varied product sectors e.g. automotive, heavy duty, off highway, industrial, agricultural, military, oil and gas, aerospace, energy generation, rail, marine etc. and any or all project phases, from clean sheet to production

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