Research Engineering – Senior Mechanical Design/Engineering Roles Executive Level 1

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Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Remuneration: $$103,994 - $117,305 (plus super) per annum

Location: Edinburgh

Type: Full Time

Posted: 03/05/2021


The Role

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 Senior Mechanical Designer and Senior Mechanical Engineer work within a team of Mechanical Design and Engineering staff. They are involved in the development of hardware from initial concept through to in-service use, and will contribute to design, analysis and testing. Both roles will be required to demonstrate initiative and the capability for innovative thought as applied to design work.

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 Senior Mechanical Engineer:
  • Provide technical leadership to Design/Engineering tasks having a high level of technical complexity.
  • Be capable of holding positions of Engineering Authority, reviewing technical work and ensuring the safety of equipment developed.
  • Conduct and document Engineering Analysis to prove hardware developed is fit for purpose.
  • Conduct and document Testing to support hardware development.

Duties specific to Senior Mechanical Designer:

  • Provide leadership to Design activities having a high level of technical complexity, including directing other Design staff, and interacting with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain standards in relation to design and drafting standards within the mechanical discipline.
  • Apply knowledge of mechanical design principles including material selection, assembly tolerancing, limits and fits, and understanding of fabrication techniques/capabilities
  • 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 equipment across a wide range of domains. We are looking for individuals who can become the leading authority in their domain. They will have an interest in producing high quality work, and seek to continually improve and broaden their skills.

Our ideal candidates 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:

  • Experience in review and approval of technical work & leading complex activities/teams
  • 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 nonpermanent connections.
  • Application specific knowledge in either structural analysis, thermal transfer, dynamic environments, topology optimisation, or high temperature material considerations.

Mechanical Designer:

  • Leading complex technical activities/teams, interacting with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Developing and maintaining design/drafting standards
  • Significant experience of Computer Aided Design (CAD) in Siemens’ NX or similar package.

Application Closing Date: Monday 17 May, 2021

For further information, please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/01906/21 on

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