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Drive System Design: senior engineer – test and development

Leamington Spa, UK

Drive System Design (DSD) is a highly respected and innovative engineering business operating in a variety of sectors including automotive, off highway and renewable energy. It provides full product engineering and development service supported by expert knowledge in state-of-the-art design and analysis tools, ensuring the highest quality service is delivered to customers, many of which include the world’s premium car manufacturers.

Headquartered in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire DSD employs close to 100 people including c. 20 based at their Tech Center in Detroit, USA. Demand for their expertise and services continues to increase as demonstrated by its year-on-year growth over the last five years. This growth has enabled significant investments in people and facilities e.g. DSD is now the largest independent transmission test facility in the UK. DSD will grow further with a substantial part of its business now in electrification. 

Outline of role and responsibilities
- Working within the test and development engineering team, the successful candidate will work immediately on consultancy projects for leading OEM/Tier 1 customers with support from highly experienced staff
- Assumes technical responsibility for small to medium sized projects or tasks and regularly assesses technical progress against project plan and milestones
- Project manager responsibilities for small projects
- Prepare test specifications and specify test rig requirements including instrumentation and fixture tooling
- Prepare data logging equipment, perform instrumentation wiring and calibrate instrumentation
- Ability to conduct both rig and vehicle tests without supervision
- Plan and co-ordinate supplier and external testing
- Liaise effectively with technical staff through analysis of test results, preparation of concise technical reports and presentations, both internally and to the customer
- Supervise technicians with regard to build, testing and measurement procedures
- Participate in structured problem solving teams and maintain supporting documentation
- Strong verbal and written communication skills and able to communicate technical progress to senior engineering staff and customers
- Develops and maintains positive working relationships with colleagues, customers and suppliers while being passionate about meeting customer expectations
- Strives to continuously improve individual performance through the acquisition of new skills and knowledge
- There will also be a requirement for occasional late working to complete work to deadlines

Minimum requirements
- Degree educated in mechanical engineering or related discipline
- Considerable experience of automotive powertrain development including both rig- and vehicle-based transmission - Test programs as well as specification and use of instrumentation and PC based data acquisition systems
- Ability to setup mechanical test systems
- Ability to perform mathematical analysis and draw conclusions from the results
- Good understanding of instrumentation and automotive electronics
- Experience with Matlab and/or Labview

Apply with CV and covering letter, including as much information as possible to Catherine Comber via email ( quoting DSD Ref 15.

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