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Location:Devon, England
Salary:GBP16000 - 40000 per Annum
Posted: 28/01/2019
Job Description

Our client is looking for a talented Mechanical Systems Engineer to join there motivated and multi-talented team!


Your position is based in their Systems Technology Group and will focus on leading the mechanical design and environmental qualification of new fiber-optic modules and sub-systems within the A&D and Health & Life Sciences sectors. You will actively drive new product development and R&D projects and execute our business plan on space photonics and optical coherence tomography. You will work within a multidisciplinary team of engineers to develop cutting-edge and pioneering products for demanding environments.


  • Generate concept designs by combining electronics, photonics and mechanics
  • Drive mechanical designs for next-generation photonic systems
  • Apply concurrent engineering design principles and work within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure compliance to specifications
  • Develop and execute on test plans for environmental verification of photonic systems in space environment
  • Coordinate thermo-mechanical testing and interface with test-houses
  • Communicate findings effectively to fellow team members to allow progression of design projects, developing strong working links with experts across the Gooch & Housego organization
  • Perform comparative studies between experimental and simulation results, identifying and understanding the source of any deviations.
  • Contribute to technical product development reviews and produce reports resulting from technical activities
  • Generate drawings suitable for manufacturing (e.g. BS or NASA standards)
  • Conduct practical bread-boarding to validate mechanical designs when necessary
  • Record design development and findings in accordance with ISO9001-compliant procedures
  • Execute demanding technical projects for delivery on time and under budget
  • Travel expected to be <5% of the time


  • At least BEng in mechanical engineering
  • Experience in mechanical design using 3D CAD software (e.g. SolidWorks)
  • Experience in thermal and stress analysis using FEA software (Solidworks Simulations, COMSOL)
  • Knowledge on testing and qualification based on standards (e.g. Telcordia, MIL-STD or ESCC / ECSS desirable)
  • Capability to generate test plans and drive test/qualification campaigns
  • Good background knowledge of current manufacturing techniques and their capabilities, in order to design manufacturable mechanical parts and assemblies
  • Capability to interpret simulation results and feedback design changes to the team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – both written and verbal
  • Able to adapt to often rapidly changing design requirements
  • Well organized, ability to work to deadlines and attention to detail is a must
  • Good computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Enthusiasm for solving problems using evidence-based approaches
  • Willingness to learn