Vacancy Type/Job category
£32,000 (plus up to £4,800 training and development budget)
University of Warwick, Expert Tooling & Automation Ltd in Coventry
Full time, fixed term position for 29 months.
Mechanical Engineer with software development experience for Expert Tooling & Automation Ltd.
This is an exciting opportunity to implement academic research in a commercial setting and would suit someone with expertise in mechanical engineering, software development and machine learning who enjoys geometrical problem-solving and is motivated by understanding and exploring new ways of working. Experience in CAD design with some knowledge of CATIA is highly desirable.
Expert is the UK’s leading manufacturer of industrial automation systems, assembly tooling, automated assembly, special purpose machinery and single and multi-robotic cells, including robotic assembly.
The impetus for this Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Expert Tooling & Automation Ltd and WMG, University of Warwick comes from Expert’s continuous efforts to improve their tooling & fixture design and development process. The KTP will push the boundaries of industrial Computer-Aided Fixture Design (CAFD) software by leveraging leading-edge AI knowledge.
Primarily based at Expert’s headquarters in Coventry, you will be working as part of a collaborative research project and must work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team. You should be able to take responsibility for managing and delivering the project and have the confidence and ability to embed the new knowledge into the team through training, paired working and a number of other methods. An interest in new/disruptive technologies, innovative engineering approaches, and a solid mechanical/software engineering background would be highly valuable.
This position is a 29-month fixed term contract and offers a dedicated training budget of up to £4,800 tailored towards your personal development.
Keyword: Mechanical Engineering, Software Development, Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Project Management, Knowledge Transfer, Innovate UK
The KTP’s aim to improve Expert’s tooling & fixture design and development process by leveraging cutting-edge machine learning and artificial intelligence knowledge. The associate will support the development of the solution by transferring knowledge around application development and data harmonisation and analysis methods as well as machine learning algorithms where required. You will work as part of a collaborative research team to embed the new knowledge to the company through training, paired working and documentation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Review the current company design workflow and specification of the functional requirements of the new system.
2. Define, in collaboration with key stakeholders: the detailed vision for the design tool, as well as the specific objectives for each work package, activity, deliverable and milestone.
3. Design, develop and field test an initial prototype.
4. Develop new software and automate processes using relevant programming languages.
5. Collaborate with Expert’s staff and management to capture requirements and define the scope of the project.
6. Define the process maps, KPIs, identify required data and data models for the solution.
7. Maintain constant communication with Expert and WMG staff, University departments and the project steering committee in order to plan, execute and manage the KTP-related activities.
8. Responsible for establishing dissemination channels and methods (e.g. training courses, dissemination events and presentation, discussion forums, training material, detailed project documentation) in order to ensure an effective knowledge transfer to the Expert staff.
9. Contribute to the preparation of reporting material for the project Steering Committee and support day to day project management tasks.
10. Define a personal development plan with the help of Expert and WMG University staff, and attend all necessary KTP related courses, events, management and reporting meetings as and when necessary.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
MSc in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or with significant equivalent industrial experience (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Demonstrable interest in developing software systems for industrial applications. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 3
Advanced level in at least one programming language such as VBS, C# or Python etc. (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 4
Experience of implementing algorithms to analyse and process data (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 5
Enthusiastic approach to work with a high level of self-motivation (a,c)
Essential Criteria 6
Strong problem solving and analytical skills and experience (a,c)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to work alone and as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a busy, high-pressure manufacturing environment. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 8
Excellent interpersonal and analytical skills together with the ability to work with senior management staff (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 9
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including a patient approach to knowledge transfer activities (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 10
Fluent in written and spoken English (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 11
The ability or potential to publish high-quality work (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience of tooling/fixture design (a,c,d)
Desirable Criteria 2
Hands-on experience of CAD design (preferably CATIA) (a,c,d)
Desirable Criteria 3
PhD in Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial & Electrical Engineering or equivalent similar degree (a)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .
This post is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) initiative funded by Innovate UK. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme that has been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. If you want to apply your degree and experience, start a “real job” straight away and gain a professional qualification, then a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is what you're looking for. For further information visit http://ktp.innovateuk.org/
The Candidate will be working as part of a collaborative industrial project and must work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team including factory personnel. Importantly the candidate should be able to take responsibility and have the confidence and ability to lead the project and embed the new knowledge to the Expert Team through training, paired working and through organising dissemination events. Interest in novel technologies, innovative engineering approaches and a solid scientific background and culture would be highly valuable.
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