Mechanical Design Engineer (Senior or Intermediate)

Mechanical Design Engineering role with a real variety of projects: R&D, custom design-build, & product development!
Stable Engineering Company
See your designs come to life
Nel-SUN lifestyle location
Engineering What?
Think special purpose machinery/equipment right through to heavy vehicles and structures. No two days will be the same!
The bulk of your role will be in the design office, but you will also be out visiting clients at various projects stages like for site measurements, and at installation. A team pool vehicle is available for you to use for this.

You will also work in with tradesmen in the engineering workshop so that your designs can be translated well into reality.
The Design Team
You will be joining a friendly and receptive Design Team who are a mix of ages, career stages, and cultural mix.
Interests wise, the team are passionate outdoors people, often engaged with mountain biking, skiing, tramping etc.
Who will I report to? I have talked with the Mechanical Design Manager, and this is how he has been described to me.

  • Calm, easy to talk with, someone passionate about leading and mentoring people.
  • Loves design work, an open, and inquisitive person interested in what he’s doing – technically very good.

Sounds like a good manager to me!
What kinds of Projects?
You will be designing modifications to existing machinery, clean sheet design and build for a client with a designated budget, and then at the top end doing R&D with higher budgets, broad creativity, and aiming for a world beating product.
So, you will be professionally engaged and challenged here.
Full R&D
This is a rare opportunity to be involved in the full R&D product life cycle, including design & analysis of mechanical systems and parts, FEA, fabrication of prototypes, testing, refinement, product assembly & installation, full product commercialisation, and product support.

Your designs will translate into the manufacturing side of the company, who will do one off, small run, or higher volume production runs of a product developed for: a client, as an internal company product, or as a product with IP shared between this company and their clients.
From Design to Reality
Many engineers like to see their designs go from CAD to reality, built before their eyes, and see their innovations making an impact for clients. You will get that here.
Project Variety?
A big tick. You will have a large mix of sectors and projects, across primary industries typically.
There are really strong sector growth areas here both regionally and nationally with some big funding being tapped into.
Company Culture?
There is a culture of learning here and a positive atmosphere. Nobody is higher than anyone else in the pecking order, instead this is a place where everyone pitches in to get a job done. You will get a family owned vibe, and there is freedom to try new things.
Established Clients & Research Institution Partners
This company has very established client relationships, so job stability and workflow are solid.
As the company partner with multiple research institutions, this will give you the opportunity to work on some very interesting and unique projects.
And having access to draw on some global experts in their respective fields should pique your interest too.
New Facility on the Horizon
By Christmas 2024 you will likely be working in a new purpose-built facility.
Lifestyle Location 
Nelson is a good lifestyle region to pursue outdoor hobbies, and for a family it is a great place, with really good schools, and affordability relative to other similar sized regions. I live in Nelson so feel free to ask me any questions you have about the region.
Sound like you?

  • Degree qualified Mechanical Engineer or Trade qualified with significant career design experience
  • 10 years’ + relevant career experience you will be ideal, but from 5 years’ + you will still be considered so please apply.
  • Work across a variety of sectors and projects
  • Strong 3D Mechanical Design, modelling, & production drawing output in SolidWorks + PDM or an equivalent CAD package
  • Experience designing parts and mechanical systems for machinery
  • Detailed design analysis and FEA on parts & systems
  • Product prototyping and testing experience
  • Ability to assist with procedural documentation like service/maintenance instructions, assembly documentation etc.

Do you want to find out more?
This company is stable, sector diversified, and growing in the R&D space.

This is a permanent position, with a standard 40-hour week, in the sunny Nelson region, which is a very attractive place to live, work, and play.
You will be offered a market rate salary and as overtime is accrued you will be given days off in lieu too.

This role will appeal to someone who wants that nice mix of working on custom design and build projects plus R&D projects.
To Apply
To express your interest, click ‘Apply’.
If you have any inquiries, contact me.

Contact David Milmine (Recruitment Consultant)
Phone: +64 4 595 4102
If this opportunity is not quite right for you, let me know what you are looking for in case we can help. We’ve done it many times before.

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