Research Engineering - Mechanical Designer & Mechanical Engineer

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Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Remuneration: $$68,442 - $93,993 (plus Super) per annum

Location: Edinburgh

Type: Full Time

Posted: 07/05/2021


The Role
DST Group have Mechanical Engineer and Mechanical Designer positions available within Research Engineering (RE), an advanced engineering branch of Research Services Division that is responsible for the development of bespoke mechanical engineering products in support of Defence Research. The work undertaken is highly varied across application domains including land, sea, air and space.

The successful candidates will be involved in the development of hardware from initial concept through to in-service use, and will contribute to design, drafting, analysis and testing (Mechanical Engineer). They will be required to develop and maintain up-to-date knowledge of design principles, fabrication techniques and standards. The occupants are required to demonstrate initiative and the capability for innovative thought as applied to design work, and be capable of working both in a team and individual setting.

Position Duties:

  • Elicit design requirements from stakeholders, contributing suggestions and constraints from a mechanical perspective.
  • Develop novel mechanical designs in support of Research activities occurring within a broad range of domains including aerospace, maritime and land.
  • Consider Safety in Design during the development and modification of equipment.
  • Identify and apply Australian or relevant Industry standards during the development of designs.
  • Work within and support Research Engineering’s established quality management system.
  • Clearly communicate design & analysis outcomes in both written and verbal forms.
  • Establish and maintain constructive relationships with staff throughout Research Engineering.
  • Apply knowledge of mechanical design principles including material selection, assembly tolerancing, limits and fits, and understanding of fabrication techniques/capabilities.

Duties specific to Mechanical Engineer:

  • Conduct and document Engineering Analysis to prove hardware developed is fit for purpose.
  • Conduct and document Testing to support hardware development.

Duties specific to Mechanical Designer:

  • Develop technical drawings complying with AS1100 in order to enable manufacture of mechanical systems. 

About our Team
RSD has a workforce of engineers, technicians, computer scientists and other professional staff who deliver a wide range of highly specialised research services and innovative solutions which underpin the operational capability of DSTG. RSD’s work areas undertake a broad, on demand and dynamic array of functions to keep DSTG at the forefront of research and development.

RE provide professional and advanced manufacturing to Defence to enable delivery of products, prototypes and models for research, development and experimentation. RE fuses talented professional engineering and technical staff with world’s best design software and cutting edge fabrication capabilities.

Our Ideal Candidate
We are looking for people who are genuinely interested in the opportunity provided; development of novel mechanical designs and equipment across a wide range of domains. They will have an interest in producing high quality work, and seek to continually improve and broaden their skills.

Our ideal candidate will be willing to work both independently or within a design team, and will be adaptable to changing requirements that occur within a research environment. They will have good communication skills, both written and verbal.

A combination of the following prior experience would also be advantageous:

Mechanical Engineer:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) in Siemens’ NX or similar package.
  • Linear & non-linear structural analysis in ANSYS, Strand7 or similar package.
  • First Principles structural analysis of structural members, and permanent or non-permanent connections.
  • Application specific knowledge in either structural analysis, thermal transfer, dynamic environments, topology optimisation, or high temperature material considerations.

Mechanical Designer:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) in Siemens’ NX or similar package.
  • Development of novel mechanical equipment.

Application Closing Date: Sunday 23, May 2021

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/01905/21 on

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